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Reef Report for Wednesday, January 2, 2002

A Delicious Week of Blue Skies and Calm Seas.

All passengers on all boats have been experiencing ideal conditions and coming back raving about their trips to the reef. During the week wind observations were taken at 5 to 9 knots, very calm indeed.

Reef Magic passengers took to the introductory diving very comfortably this week. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Whilst they were under the water they encountered "Ivan" the Giant Wrasse. They also dived with a school of spangled emperor and giant trevally. At their moorings on Thetford, Hasting and Saxon the visibility ranged between 15 and 20 metres.

On board Pro Dive boats Kalinda and Scubapro visibility was also exceptional at 20 to 25 metres at Flynn Reef. Because the conditions were so calm the boats made it to their special mooring at Thetford Reef. The divers enjoyed the lengthy swim throughs and numerous Spanish dancers.

I was also fortunate to get to the reef this week whilst it has been so fabulous and had a delightful day on Down Under Divesí Osprey. The day trip was full of keen divers and adventurous snorkelers from all over the world.

We cruised out to Norman reef where my friend from Brisbane was going to attempt her first-ever introductory scuba. Needless to say she was very nervous. Fortunately Instructor Grant was there to ease her anxiety and show her how to take care of the details. She took to it naturally and was delighted to explore the reef. She saw giant clams, nudibranchs and feather stars and was lucky enough to have a close encounter with a metre long White Tip Reef Shark. She raved afterwards and is now talking about taking a course to become a certified diver. The trip on the Osprey was great in many ways; very professional crew, great dive sites, new scuba and snorkel gear to use, and a fun sing a long on the way home.

The weekend may see an increase of rain and cloud. 10 to 15 knot winds should keep things cool but not too lumpy on the reef.

(C) Pro Dive Cairns The weekly reef report is written by Sue-Anne Chapman of Pro Dive Cairns, who compiles them from the many conversations she has with divers, dive instructors, captains, and others in the Cairns dive community. The report is published weekly in the Cairn Post, the local daily paper and appears here thanks to the courtesy of Pro Dive Cairns.

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