Skill circuit done, assisting Open Water course from A to Z done, guiding certified divers done, things went good this week. Still need to do my laundry…
Bye Bye Nusa Lembongan, bye bye manta, bye bye Mola Mola, bye bye Thresher Shark, bye bye Whale Shark.
Hello Bunaken, hello Open Water students, Hello DSD, Hello swimming pool.
Honestly, When people decide to do their DMT, first thought is: “Cool, I’ll do a lot of Fun Dives, and for free!”. Well…
After stepping on the boat and saying goodbye to Bunaken, I started my little trip towards Lembeh.
After a short boat ride and a two hour drive by car I arrived at the harbour. Where i could see the boat that was to pick me up in the distance. In my imagination was the distance to Lembeh much greater but it took around 10 minutes to get from the one side to the other.
In the last week of my course I found time to relax a bit and mix “business with pleasure”. I made a creation to put into the artificial house reef and sunk it.
I particularly liked the scuba review: all of a sudden you’re the one that’s teaching skills to others. Realising this put a smile on my face and I had a great time doing it.
My last week and a half (yes, I extended my stay by six days because I couldn’t bear to leave) in Lembeh has been absolutely fantastic. I got the rest of my course requirements completed – guiding certified divers, scuba review, assisting on continued education and my skills and rescue assessment.
My first week of DMT was not all fun and games. I started directly with studying and watching the video’s that come with it. Apart from that there was some diving.
It’s been a long silence. And that can mean only one thing – we’re busy, especailly with rebreathers and sidemount! So here’s the Bunaken and Lembeh technical diving update for the past couple of weeks.
Just after I had finished my second blog, a telephone call from Bunaken brought good news:
There had been a last minute request for an open water course. So I got over there the next day and that was the beginning of a great week.
I arrived in Lembeh after a very easy transfer and was shown around by the other DMT here, Sylvia. A few guests who had been in Bunaken with me had come to Lembeh and everyone is lovely so I felt very welcome and almost like I had not moved location at all.
To summarize my second week in Lembeh: it was very busy, tons of fun, in some times very disgusting (but rewarding) and I learned a lot.
The week started off with a beach clean up. When we came up from a dive on the house reef that morning, a truckload of rubbish had washed up on the beach. So during our service interval we organised a spontaneous beach clean up. In the afternoon we sorted everything (this was obviously the disgusting part) and collected data to send to Project Aware. We collected 53 kilo’s of trash, mainly consisting of plastic drinking cups (approx. 1000) and food wrappers. We did also find a yellow plastic rooster, a toy truck, 3 diapers and other weird stuff.
My DM internship is slowly coming to an end. I had a great last week.
We had an Open Water Course with three participants going on and I was able to assist in it. So great to see the big steps the students took during their course. I’m now done with all the exams, swimming tests and so on. Just some little bits and pieces missing, those we will do today or tomorrow and then my DM internship will be over.
My second week in Bunaken went far too quickly for my liking. I enjoyed a range of things from fun dives where I saw lots of beautiful marine life including many turtles, a bamboo shark and a pontohi pygmy seahorse to doing equipment repairs with the head dive guide, John.
After I arrived, I had a day of fun diving. It was a really nice day with 3 spectacular dives: 2 Bargibanti Pygmee’s on the first, 5 (yes five) frogfish on the second and a pygmee squid, which I had never seen before. And than the night dive at Jahir: in the first ten minutes we were so lucky to see: a stargazer, a reptilian snake eel and a bobbit worm (also a first for me J). And even though that was amazing it didn’t stop. We also saw 4 coconut octopuses, 2 ambon scorpionfish, 2 frogfish, another stargazer and many more critters. What a great welcome back!
First I was able to assist Keiko and Nicolas on their first underwater adventures. But shortly after that there was no diving for me.
Today I am with Two Fish for 2 months. Time passed by really fast and it seems like I have just arrived. Another exciting week in Lembeh. Lewis and I have placed the pyramid we have made and so extended the creation of the artificial house reef. It was rather difficult as the floating wood wanted to go back to the surface until we finally attached it to the concrete block we have placed on 15 m already the week before. It looks quite nice and some fish already started checking out our new creations. A Goby already made the pipe structure made by Sylvie and Joep his new home. The next day we went down again to measure the site and amend the map of the reef creation.
Having been diving since the age of ten, it has been a passion of mine for a very long time and I’ve always known that I wanted to see my diving education through to the very end. Now, fresh out of A levels and just turned eighteen, I decided to fly to the other side of the world from the (oddly) sunny England to the lovely islands of Indonesia, specifically Bunaken and Lembeh off Sulawesi, to do my Divemaster course.
This was an exciting week with lots of work. I finally know my way around and know what I’m supposed to do (at least most of the time). I was able to join Heskiel one of our staff on his first open water dive, what a treat, he showed me about 3 nudibranches. I went on two or three more dives with him and he does have good eyes, always showing me all kinds of stuff.
Leaving Bunaken after 7 weeks was quite hard, I have to admit, but the warm welcome in Lembeh made up a lot and feeling comfortable is very easy as well.
I arrived in Bunaken after 24 hours of travelling. So very tired but at the same time very excited to be here…
When arriving it was just getting to know all the surroundings and how things work. On the first “real” day here it was just two fun dives and getting to know the procedures.
After three weeks in Bunaken and one week in Lembongan, I am finally a divemaster!
It’s an amazing feeling to have accomplished so much in one short month with the help of my experienced teachers at Two Fish.
Our last dive in the advanced trimix course in Bunaken, Bunaken island to 100m took us almost two hours. Usain Bolt runs 100 meters in less than 10 seconds and could probably run another 100 at the same pace!
Arrived a few days ago, and I’m starting to get into the flow of how the Two Fish resort in Lembongan works.
Being a Divemaster-in-training has been more challenging than I anticipated, but I’m also learning a lot more about different types of diving, dive operations, and teaching divers than I thought I would.
Arriving in Bunaken was like coming home even without having been here before. The early morning landing in Manado made me arrive at the resort at 7am, perfect for having breakfast, getting familiar and doing the first dive at 11 that day. What a great way to start my 6 weeks here in Bunaken.