A beautiful Sydney winter morning with two intrepid, fearless, extreme kitted (for 10m dive) divers planned a dive bimble along the edge of a shallow reef from Congwong Beach under the bridge and on to Bare Island.
I have been recently diving wet, brrrrr, and when an offer of the use of a drysuit came along there wasn't any thinking time needed. The suit being an aged vintage needed a neck seal, so down to Barry's I went. Good job all done, although knowing the wrists seals needed a little care (more than I knew at the time).
Arriving at the site, kitting up started. No hitches until suit donning started. By this time a friend of Mark's ('Last minute Nick' was his name, or may be Simon!) had turned up to watch the shenanigans. He was to dive but had no tank (another long story). After getting the first hand in the suit, the second pushed a hole through the seal. Damn and blast (ad lib'ing a little)!!!#**!
So the journey began. The show must go on, how do we fix this without me ending up soaked. With Scottish and Yorkshire grit, ingenuity, and a shear determination of not spend much philosophy, a bit of Nick's (sorry Simon's) help with a drive to buy both insulating tape and super glue $4 (how much), the fix was underway. To really shake up the task we had a 2-tone revival moment with Simon and Mark. See the resemblance, ok may be just the braces.
As luck would have it, I just so happened to have a bottle of Tonic (sugar free) in the car. Who would guess eh. We now had the tools to do the job, and an Ironbark Gin advert car in the background to assist with the backdrop for the occasion. After a tidy up of the edge of the seal now in 2 completely separate pieces the Tonic bottle in place the delicate operation commenced.
Super glue applied, seal peeled over the glue the 2 parts were attached in seconds. Tonic bottle extracted, the hand in seal and the divers were ready. The dive was a 10m meander along a reef wall with sponges galore and a few fish, an odd Port Jackson was asleep in the kelp and a Stone fish hid in a crevice. The vis was ok, but overall a really lovely dive, and DRY. Oh and I forgot to mention the fizzing from my DV hose, but now fixed post dive and a new O ring.
Thanks to Mark and Nick (arrrgh SIMON) for there valuable assistance.