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Safety stop

by Clare Wilders

Every Friday, Darren invites someone to become ‘Guest Editor’ for the day to choose and discuss three or four images that have not been previously published on the website.  Today’s Guest Editor is Clare Wilders, a diving instructor who has been living and working in Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt for the last five years.  Clare created and runs the DiveBunnie website for women scuba divers.

Ahh I think this is time for a safety stop. Hanging out in the blue is a great place to chill out and marvel at the whole sensation of diving. It is a chance to really appreciate the three dimensions in which you are drifting, and enjoy the feeling of floating weightless, as if on air.

I adore this shade of blue too… only really achieved in warm, crystal clear seas. It speaks to me of potential excitement, of wondering what may pass you by any minute, of many a dive spent hanging out in that blueness, away from the reef, of the hope that maybe a shark, a manta ray or even a dolphin could be just out of sight, hiding in that glorious, eternal aquamarine beyond.

In this picture, I love vague smudge of reef a fair way below our diver’s feet, fading into that awesome azure, and just emphasising the fact that he is literally hanging out mid water, flying over the corals below.

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