When I started last week I felt like I’d never get done all the stuff I still had to do and yet here I am with only two more things to do before I finish!!
Another week down, time is flying by too fast here. This week I started (simulated) guiding and looking after some extremely troublesome DSD and snorkelers!!. I’m glad they had some fun though, also started the confined open water skills mastering lots of real life flamboyant out of air situations XD but is good to learn.
Wow, another week has sped by in a blur!!! I can’t believe it’s gone so quickly and I feel that I still have sooooo much more to do!!
I have just come to the end of my first week in Lembongan and the fourth week of my divemaster course.
As part of my internship I’m required to assist on courses, so this week I assisted on a rescue course. This was really helpful in refreshing my rescue skills and I felt that I really learnt a lot too, despite having already taken the course.
Hello all, I am onto week three of my Lembongan experience and to be totally honest it has been the coolest three weeks of my life so far. I am more of a beginner then most starting a DMT so Laurent and Crowley and the crew have boosted my confidence in diving greatly by letting me dive in amazing places everyday.
Wow, how time flies!!! I arrived here to start my DMT a week ago and haven’t stopped since. It’s been very tiring but I am trying to soak up all the information and tips I can from Sandy and Tina, both of whom are excellent instructors so I feel I am in safe hands. It has taken me a while but I think I am now understanding the daily routines of the dive centre.
I am now half way through my internship and have just arrived in Lembongan for my final three weeks.
I have seen a lot this week, and it’s possible that my dive buddies did too as I had my 100th dive. This happened to fall on a night dive so, sticking to tradition, I ditched my wetsuit for a night of spotting octopuses, scorpionfish, and different kinds of nudis.
My fourth week into the Dive Master program is nearing its end and it’s time to blog about my experiences.
My takeaways from this week are primarily the challenges associated with managing groups of people. In the dive master program it is included to organization a skin diving / snorkeling tours and scuba review sessions. There is simply a lot to consider managing people on the surface and under water, and I have a lot to learn and improve there.
I have just come to the end of my second week, which went even faster than my first. This week I have completed a lot of theory, most of my specialties and my open water skills practical.
Third week has just flown by here on beautiful Bunaken and the weather (and visibility – yeah!) has improved significantly. Now it is as beautiful as I remember it three and a half years ago.
I have just come to the end of the first week of my divemaster course with Two Fish Divers in Bunaken, which has been a great experience so far. Highlights of this week include the variety of corals and fish I have seen at every dive site and so many turtles that I have lost count!
I’ve now gone through the first 10 days of my divemaster course and it’s time to write a little about my experiences over the last week.
This week has primarily been about improving my skills. There are 24 specific dive skills to be mastered at demonstration-grade level, to allow me to assist a PADI instructor in Open Water training sessions. In addition to this I’ve been practicing leading groups under water and being Divemaster on a dive boat.
Divemaster internship first few days – Bunaken
I’ve now been on the Two Fish Divers resort in Bunaken for well over a week working my way through the PADI courses for “Advanced Open Water”, “Emergency First Response” and “Rescue Diver” to finally be able to start the “Dive Master” course.
Weekly Summary #8, Jan 2014
Welcome to our weekly round-up. Famous last words last week after saying that the weather was getting better, Manado got hit by a huge storm that produced some floods and landslides that were pretty devastating. Despite that we had some good diving as long as we were careful with the dive sites, and we hope for Manado’s sake that the weather outlook will be better.
At the beginning of 2014 we published our new packages, and we are now including 3-dive per day and 4-dive per day accomm/dive packages in both Bunaken and Lembeh.
Here is some good news if you want to visit us from now until end of May, the SilkAir Dive Destinations Discount to Bunaken and Lembeh, but you need to book by end of January.
I’ve now been on Nusa Lembongan for 11 days and had a mix of fun diving and working through the requirements for the PADI Divemaster program. I’m taking the program over four weeks, mainly as a personal challenge and to take the next step in my diving.
More than 200 protesters took their call for the Western Australian State Government to abandon its shark catch-and-kill policy to the Premier’s door yesterday, demonstrating outside his West Perth office.
Why all the fuss? In an open letter to an online newspaper, one of the organisers of the recent demonstration at Perth’s Cottesloe beach, explains.
Weekly Summary #7, Jan 2014
Welcome to our weekly round-up. Last week we had some very unusual stormy wind but the weather seems to have returned to its normal sunny self. We hope that the weather is good for you wherever you may be.
In Feb 2013, Two Fish Divers contracted with Blue Label Diving, a premier PADI/TDI facility for TEC Courses and diving, to run all TEC Diving services at Two Fish Divers locations, under the name Blue Label Diving Indonesia (BLDI).
One of the most important service that BLDI provides is Sidemount Diving – providing courses and diving for recreational use to 40m as well as services for more deeper diving to 100m-plus. When you visit us, you may be interested in our FREE weekly Intro to Tec that we hold at our resorts, or the 2-day/3dive Sidemount Course for only Eu140 (supplement on top of normal accomm/dive package) – and during Jan-Mar 2014 we are running our TEC Promo that gives you 20% discount on all our TEC courses!!
Last week we had 10 Ambon scorpionfish on one dive in Lembeh, but what are they?
The Ambon scorpionfish is only 6-12cm long, it is shaggy, and the most distinguishing feature is the large growths above eyes, making them look a bit like Fu-Manchu!
Weekly Summary #6, Jan 2014
Welcome to our weekly round-up, first one of 2014! Good luck with all your new year resolutions, lets hope one of them is to do more diving.
* In the Critter Corner, if you saw this red lip batfish, it would definitely make you want to kiss it!
* In the Tec Corner, Gerard visited us for some tec diving, and we finished the year with a dive to 100m
Weekly diving round-up: silky and thresher sharks were seen in Bunaken, we found mating Hairy Octopus (octopi?) in Lembeh, and it’s definitely the season for Triggerfish in Lembongan!
Not sure if you have been aware, but Western Australia government have announced that they want to cull their sharks by installing baited hooks off Perth’s popular beaches in response to seven fatal shark attacks in three years.
Shark fishermen will patrol WA waters and kill any tiger, bull or great white shark bigger than three metres spotted in the designated zones, while any sharks hooked on the drum lines will be killed and disposed of offshore.
If you thought that the frogfish in Lembeh were weird, then this ranks in the same league. The red-lipped batfish or Galapagos batfish is found around the Galapagos Islands at depths of 30m or more. It is mainly known for its bright red lips, and they look just right for a kiss!
TEC Instructors Hiro and Sandy are tekkies in Blue Label Diving Indonesia and are based in Bunaken, Indonesia. They are a technical diving duo and provide technical dive training and dives on sidemount, twinsets and rebreathers. They began technical diving in 2009 on rebreathers and open circuit, and then made the switch to teaching tec in 2012.
They love TEC so much that they actually got married at depth of 130 meters. Not only that, they actually exchanged vows, rings and a kiss at 130 meters underwater in a cave in Thailand and set a Guinness World Record for the deepest wedding!