Congratulationds to Marije from Holland who became our sceond ever Master Scuba Diver (MSD)!
Marije stayed with us for 3 weeks and completed her Rescue Course and 4 specialties – Deep Diver, Night Diver, Wreck Diver and Search & Recovery Diver (she already had Nitrox), and with 350 dives she was definitely over the minimum limit of 50 dives required for the MSD.
Whilst she was here she also did 25 fun dives and took some amazing pictures. We hope to have a link to her blog soon, so check back again.
Following on from the first ever IDC on Bunaken, PADI held the first ever PADI Instructor Exam (IE) 18-20 September 2007 in Gran Puri, a hotel in Manado City.
There were 6 candidates – 4 from Two Fish Divers and 2 from Eco Divers – and we would like to say thanks to PADI and examiner Rob Scammell for supporting the area by holding the IE.
Two Fish Divers held the very first IDC (Instructor Development Course) on Bunaken 9-17 September 2007. We had 4 candidates – Marco, Pim Sammy and Raphael – and they all passed with flying colours. We wish them all luck in their future careers as PADI instructors.
In the photo there is also Brendon our CD (on left) who ran the course, and Tina (on right) who helped with the course.
We hope that Bunaken will become popular with people wanting to learn to become instructors, and we are going to hold IDC’s every June and September.
This week we said goodbye to Yoshi from Japan. He was diving with us last May and got fed up with the typhoons and bad weather in Japan and came back for some more diving 2 months later! His favourite picture was this one of the Shrimp Goby, it lives in a sandy hole with 1 (sometimes 2) shrimps: the goby keeps guard whilst the shrimp cleas the home. Its hard to get a good picture of the goby as its very shy and darts back into its hole when it senses danger, and the white sand means that a flash will “white-out” the picture.
You can see more of Yoshi’s pictures on his website.