Ride to Grande Island
Our 15 minutes ride took us to the Jetty where our boat was waiting to take us to the Grande island. The fellow drivers followed our vehicle with their own vehicle but we enjoyed our morning ride on the open jeep. Soon, after reaching the jetty, we formed a human chain and passed the equipments and gears to the other members and loaded the boat with all the dive equipment’s in the least possible time.
Our journey to Grande Island started and it took almost 90 minutes to reach the Dive spot. Since, it was morning time and we started from the Agauda Fort Area, we managed to spot some Dolphins on our way to Grande Island. Lot of other tourists boats could be seen in the sea, early in the morning, who came only for Dolphin sightings, since the place near Agauda Fort is known as Dolphin point.
We reached Grande island at around 11:15 A.M and anchored the boat near the island. Stepping on the island is not allowed because it is a private property (this information was shared by the boatman) so we had to maintain distance from the island.
As per the dive plan, my first dive was with my wife and as per the plan, we started gearing up.
She managed to gear up rapidly, since she was supported by our Dive instructor and me, but it was not smooth for me.
When I started gearing up, I found out that something was missing and my gears were not complete. For few minutes, I kept on searching all around the boat, under the seat, over the seats, inside the basket and all other visible places, but could not trace it. Finally, I informed my instructor that my wet suit was missing and I was thinking about the reaction of my instructor on this news.
I was also worried because wet suit is also an important gear and it is compulsory to wear in cold water. The instructor also started searching for my wet suit on the boat but could not trace. So, I was not having wet suit in the middle of sea and no option was left to get another one, since we were 90 minutes far from the mainland.