Diver Profile: John Swift

Currents are always fun, but can be my undoing, the idea of getting an instructor to go in first as a test dummy always sounds good to me.


PS. Sorry, but could not resist and have added a few of my own headings.

1. How I started

I completed my OW in Nov. 1983 and my first dive after the course was at Bass Pt. Shellharbour. The impression this had on me was immeasurable, I still have my original log book and vividly remember the dive; I was hooked.

2. Top Dive

Last years URG trip to South West Rocks, I have dived this site many times and it has always been good. Even the time my Russian buddy had me up until 3 AM drinking Vodka and playing some game of seeing how long we could hold our heads under water, he won, mad.

Fish Rock cave is one of the few dive sights to steadily improve over the years, on our last trip buoyancy control was more important than ever. Marine life was in great abundance and included large GNS, Wobbygongs and Crays, all to be avoided.

3. Top Wreck Dive

Easily the San Francisco Maru in Chuuk Lagoon, I have been to Chuuk (also know as Truk) twice and dived this wreck each time, fantastic, 50 metres deep with 50 metre vis., what can I say. Oh, did I mention the forward hold is open and full of mines, the second hold has 3 levels of trucks and on the deck itself are 3 WW11 tanks.

4. Night Dive

The White tip reef shark that bumped me on the Great Barrier Reef one night did put the wind up me, so I now usually stay ashore and drink red wine.

5. Currents

Always fun, but can be my undoing, the idea of getting an instructor to go in first as a test dummy always sounds good to me.

6. Most scarey dive

The one I nearly didn’t come back from of course. Padi recommend redundant air on deeper dives, but being slack I left my pony ON the boat, bad idea. My first stage blew out while I swam along the Birchgrove Park wreck and at 50 metres all my air escaped in about the same time it takes to grab my buddies fin and give it a good tug. Bill gave me his air, we ascended and he saved my neck, thanks Bill. I now seldom dive deeper than 30 metres without redundant air, we should all learn from our mistakes.

7. Weirdest buddy

I am happy to dive with anyone, as long as they love diving. Although I draw the line if they are endangering my life.

8. Favourite piece of equipment

My camera, easy.

9. Favourite buddy

My passion is diving, my favourite buddy is one that loves diving. My best days diving ever; Four one hour dives, a good meal and a glass of red wine is my ideal day of bliss. The blue room is my home, descending the anchor line is opening my front door. Come and share my blue room one day, it’s unreal.