Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Elected to our committee:
David Baker - Chairman
Janusz Kotowski - Boat Officer
Arek Wierzbicki - Treasurer and Website Content Editor
Unfortunately Sean Leach - our previous Chairman and Boat Officer - had to leave Kuwait.
Thought we all wish that it would have turned out differently, we are deeply grateful for Sean's support and effort over the years.
Harry Roberts took 1st place on Shallowest Dive (most patient) - 5.5 meters for 62 minutes, Donkey Reef
Sławomir Pudłocki took 1st place on Deepest Dive (furthest out to sea) - 25.9 meters for 38 minutes, near Kubbar Island and he made the highest number of dives of over all members.
All ready for the Diving Season
A presentation on our dive club in Kuwait
Neil Moroney - Diving Officer
In the month of October, the Kuwait Mantas were invited by the British Business Forum to give a presentation on Diving in Kuwait.
Neil presented 45 slides over 25 minutes which covered the history of The Kuwait Mantas, what we do and why, diving in Kuwait and the clubs long lasting friendships.
It was also a great opportunity to raise awareness of the club and gain a few more members.
A very windy summer
The summer so far, has given us more bad weather than suitable weather for diving.
Due to high seasonal winds and rough seas we have not dived through the month of July.
When divers start to return from their summer and Eid holidays I am hoping the seas will have calmed down a little.
Pray for flat water
British Ambassador launches new boat
The Kuwait Mantas Diving Club, which has been active in Kuwait since 1977 proudly held a naming ceremony on the 5th October 2018, for the club’s new custom built boat, the Mantas 4. His Excellency the UK Ambassador to Kuwait, Mr Michael Davenport MBE, very kindly officiated the ceremony culminating with the cutting of the ribbon bringing Mantas 4 into commission. His Excellency and his wife then took a trip across the bay near Souq Sharq, from where the spectacular seafront skyline of Kuwait could be appreciated in full.
The Kuwait Mantas Diving Club is a part of the British Sub- Aqua Club, whose patron is the Duke of Cambridge, and is run entirely by volunteers, on a non-profit basis. It recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, and has trained countless divers who have gone on to pursue a love of the undersea world thanks to their introduction to the sport in the welcoming warm waters of Kuwait.
The boat has been constructed by Qabazard Marine, whose director, Hamid Qabazard, collaborated closely with the club to produce a custom boat suited to local conditions, capable of carrying 12 divers and a coxswain at 55 km/hr to any of the 10 coral reef dive sites in Kuwaiti waters.
The Chairman of the club, Mr Neil Moroney, thanking the Ambassador for his support, said, 'Divers from all over the world are members of the Mantas, and they all enjoy the chance to develop their skills with us. I am sure that our new boat, and His Excellency's support today, will ensure that the club will continue to contribute to cultural life in Kuwait for many years to come.'
Arabian Gulf sea snake
This summer has not yet matched last year's sightings of huge Eagle Rays. The big stuff has been limited to regular sightings of Cowtail Rays, albeit breaching the surface with an impressive thud.
However, we have been having regular sightings on the surface and on the sea bed of the Arabian Gulf sea snake.
A metre long, bulky, and highly poisonous, it’s got a few of us a bit excited.
Dahab June 2018
John Sharp reports
Ells bells and bobby’s whistles – I dived the Blue Hole with Aquanautics (formerly i-dive ) Dahab, Sinai, Egypt. Mantas past and present recommended i-dive dive centre, Dahab, for diving in the Dahab area and I have to say that I can now add this centre to my list of operators that I trust and would dive with again. Their set up for shore diving is an efficient and well-oiled machine. Mohammed does the gas and centre stuff. Ahmed was commander in chief for the week and Simone proved herself to be a capable Divemaster. I did not get the chance to meet Hans, who has moved to Italy or Kathi, the new centre manager, who was out of the country, both of whom respectively ran and run the centre.
The first day was run of the mill stuff – I had just been on a liveaboard and had four days diving in Sharm el Sheikh – for the Red Sea. Hard and soft corals of all shades of the spectrum, fish, fish and more fish, octopi, squid, blue spotted ray. Cornet fish and a long nose hawkfish seen at 36m on Um Sid but no sharks as seen in Sharm – silver tipped reef shark and hammerhead to wit.
The highlight was diving El Bells on the second day, which consisted of diving down a narrow canyon and through an arch at around 32metres and then following the wall and ascending to around seven metres at the multi-coloured coral entrance to the Blue Hole, that infamous dive site! Taking care to avoid the free-divers, we followed the right hand side of the wall to the exit.
Following this was the Canyon. A gash in the Earth’s crust that provides another memorable dive. Sorry, no photos from me. My memory suffices for me, such as it is!
A third day’s diving ended with another classic dive – the Islands. Corals galore with appropriate fish.
All of the above were shore dives – a new experience for me. A word of caution. I thought that I knew better but the heat and the Egyptian Sun are unforgiving and especially in June. I can only conclude that a bout of Montezuma’s revenge was caused by not drinking enough water and thinking that I was ok. This caused the boat dive to be aborted as far as I was concerned. Don’t let that happen to you should you venture this way.
All in all, I wholeheartedly concur with the recommendations made to me by fellow Mantas and, I will be back! Many thanks to Ahmed, Mohammed and Simone. See you next time!
Warmer water but windy weather
The seas have been a little choppy throughout the month but it hasn’t stopped us diving.
Seats on the boat have been filling up on both Friday and Saturday, as divers take advantage of the warmer water.
A group of Sports Diver trainees have been spending the recent weeks working through their exercises and learning new skills.
Rays, huge groupers, cuttlefish and a never ending flow of jelly fish seem to be the highlights of the month.
Wonderful first dive
Our latest trainee Mohamed had a few words to say about his first day diving from the boat with Kuwait Mantas.
Dear divers gang 😊😊😊😊 Thank you so much for those dives yesterday. It was a wonderful day with unforgettable experience. Diving for the first time with a highly experienced diver and a wonderful dive manager was indeed a memorable experience. Also being in the company of such fantastic people and passionate divers added to the experience and gave me courage to complete my first dive. I hope to see you all again on next dives. Thank you all so much. Regards Mohamed
Of course we are delighted Mohamed had such a wonderful experience and this is why the club exists, to allow people to dive in a safe and enjoyable environment. A big thanks again to Brian and Tim for volunteering your time with training and everybody involved with getting the boat out on the water each day..