Week 1 of Eco Divemaster Internship in Lembeh
A week has already passed since I first arrived in Lembeh, and what a busy and exciting weeks it’s been! I found it very comforting to meet such friendly staff and guests when I got off the boat at my little island destination, with almost all the guests excited to tell me their stories from years of return visits to Two Fish Dive Resort
After a well needed sleep I was up and ready for my first muck diving experience the next morning.
Before arriving in Lembeh I thought myself quite lucky to have the Great Barrier Reef at my door step back home in Australia, and found the thought quite ridiculous that diving over muck could be nearly as exciting. However at the end of my first morning of fun dives I believe I have been converted to a muck diving enthusiast! Throughout my 75minute dive it seemed I couldn’t take two kicks before coming across another weird and wonderful creature. I can’t fathom how it came to be that the Pygmy Seahorses and the Lembeh Seadragon were first discovered!
As the boat began to leave the last dive site of the morning I suddenly remembered that upon my return from the morning dives, my instructor Matt would waiting to hand me my piles and piles of homework. To my surprise Matt isn’t as evil as he makes himself out to be and instead explained to me that as part of my internship I get to contribute my own structure to the developing artificial reef, participate in Reef Check Surveys, and receive a presentation by the founder of the Shark Guardian Charity…….and yes, still some homework.
So here I am at the end of my first week. During all this excitement there are two experiences that stand out the most. The first was beginning the construction of a structure to add to the artificial reef. As soon as the staff got word of what we were up to they were all rushing in to help, leaving me being a typical girl standing back and giving orders. It is just like the staff here at the resort to be so helpful and all inputting their ideas on how to go about my build. The most amusing being to heat up iron so hot that it would burn through the plastic pipe so we could make a hole…………Matt smartly suggested using a drill instead. The second memorable experience was mine and Sandy’s (fellow divemaster trainee) first Discover Scuba Diving course where two of the staff volunteered to give diving a go for the sake of our training. It was so rewarding helping to show Bayu and Jusly what I love doing and it really reinforced why it is that I decided to undertake my divemaster internship.
I cant wait to see what next week has in store!
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