"You won't know if you don't go"       Fanus Gerber


One day standing next to the launch site Fanus and I looked at the windswept sea surface and were debating whether to launch or not. We had experimental approach to our oceanic outings - trial and error was the name of the game. Anyway logic and experience had indicated that the diving could be good and the ride to the divesite in the small inflatable should be risky and horrific. Fanus looked at me and said: "You won't know if you don't go". The discussion was automatically terminated and we donned our wetsuits. Needless to say we had a bone-shaking ride and a splendid dive, clean water, and witnessed the effect of timing, a rising thermocline and masses life it brings to the reefs we dived. Regimental shoals of soldiers, cob, cape salmon, swarmed all around us. Other impressive fish we saw included musselcracker and white steenbras. Of course the attendant sand tigers spiced up the dive.

Thanks to Fanus Gerber for summarizing our attitude:

"You won't know if you don't go"