I think it was about 2004 that I joined Yorkshire Divers forum, forerunner to TDF. Shortly after that I moved from Wales to Weymouth and met lots of online friends. Many of those members I met, I dived with or made tea for as a deck bitch on dive boats. Some stayed in my spare rooms for B&B and some ended up as holiday buddies in Cornwall, Egypt or Gozo. There was also the annual YD ski trip. So many have now stopped diving but stay in touch.
I wondered if any one wanted to update us on who's doing what? I'll kick off...
Me: Still diving a single 10 mostly, not instructing anymore, still taking rubbish photos and getting shallower and safer every year.
Others I keep in touch with:
Diving Dude - (Howard) - a grandad multiple times now. No longer tarmacking drives. Still awesome.
Buoyant Babe - Helen - diving, swimming, running, walking lots of dogs, re-married, still very bonkers.
Scuba Sue - living the good life in Gozo with Pee Bee
Digger - married and a daddy now.
Garf - married with a very very funny daughter who makes everyone laugh
London Sean - finally married to Claire and still a top bloke
Porg (Helen H)- now a fancy boat skipper ooop in Scotland
and there are so many others and I can't remember their YD names.
Portland has changed so much as a dive destination.
Scimitar is now owned by Nick , who used to skipper for Smudge. Smudge has married and left the country. Helena, who used to co-own and run Scimitar , very sadly died in 2021.
Dale and Ron have left Portland and now live in Somerset. Dive beyond in Castletown is now owned and run by Martin from GLUG. Skin Deep is now becoming a more commercial diving based business rather than recreational.
What are you all up to now?