Observe and have Good Buoyancy.
There’s barely any life out there!”
A throw-away comment made often by newly certified scuba divers. Diving on Gozo, at Reqqa Point, Cathedral Cave or The Blue Hole offers diversity and fantastic underwater topography. The key to diving on Gozo is to move slowly and take your time, this way you will see more!
Our clients second dive, she climbed out of the water, the frustrated exclamation instantly leaving her lips. After listening to the rant for a while, I laughed and said “you need to slow down,” take your time and look around you.
Gozo’s Diverse Marine Life.
Talking to her fellow divers, they commented “I don’t know where you’re diving, but definitely not out here.” After spending an hour in the water at Mgarr ix-Xini I reeled off a string of marine life I’d seen on the dive. An Octopus out in the open, two juveniles under some rocks. A number of breams, flying gunards, star fish, various crabs, jellyfish and a moray eel. I kept going.
Looking for a large, fast, colourful moving world?
My client listened but was still frustrated. She had seen nothing other than starfish, crabs and a few fish. It wasn’t for lack of looking. Desperation for colour, movement and a whole moving world was what she was after.
Following a week of diving she kept her eyes peeled, seeing some of the life I mentioned and pointed out. During the week we changed dive guides, he too explained; scuba divers need to dive much slower. We explained the diverse marine life around, saying keep it as a slow dive and look close. On the second dive our client buddied-up with our dive guide hoping she would see more.
Size is not everything;
After 10 dives my client said; “I realize I was all about “size.” I wanted to see bigger things. A two meter grouper, a huge stingray, or even better a shark! The big misconception in scuba diving is that things get more interesting when they increase in size. This is the outlook of a novice scuba diver and it simply isn’t true.
The dive guided pointed out all the life I hadn’t seen. Nudibranchs, clams, lobster, octopus and even seahorses. In fact, by slowing down and looking closer our client became aware of how much life was on those rocks.
Neutral Buoyancy is Paramount;
In hindsight she asked if she had been squashing these things all along? Beyond her own casual approach to buoyancy, our client also witnessed many other divers skimming their fins over rocks, grabbing hold of boulders to steady themselves, hands knocking tiny hermit crabs everywhere. Rocks are home to many tiny marine species and they deserve not to be damaged, crushed or trampled upon.
Because our client had a buddy who is a slow diver (the best type of diver), and because she didn’t have to worry about turning the dive at any point, she became much more relaxed. Marine life is to be found and it doesn’t have to be big to be interesting. Slow down to see it, look really close and enjoy its every detail.
Not only is this a great way to practice neutral buoyancy, but it will also mean you’re likely to see a whole lot more!
Enjoy Gozo’s underwater world.
Dive Smart Gozo