This week in Lembongan… An often over looked sea creature by experienced divers and a creature that our guides rarely point out. But very often while teaching PADI Open Water courses or diving with first time divers we get the full finger point and a shrug of the shoulders when passing by these strange sea cucumbers. Sea cucumbers come in many different colors, shapes and sizes, some very plain and others that look like something out of an alien movie.
This week in Lembongan… Was the end of our 3 Divemaster trainee’s time in Lembongan. Ben and Nicole were with us for just over 6 weeks. Ben came already certified as a Rescue diver and Nicole still needed to complete her Advance course and Rescue. After 2 weeks of training for Nicole and some fun diving for Ben, the two of them jumped into their Divemaster course. Scott was with us for just over 4 weeks and was also already Rescue certified. Once here, the 3 of them worked together very well through their Divemaster program and were a great help to the dive centre!
Today, I celebrated my 100th dive and the 3rd week of my divemaster training. Yeepee! Waking up at 5am to go to a dawn dive! That’s when you know you are really a diver. It was well worth it. The sunrise was bathing the sky in a soft pink color while the remnant of last night’s full moon was fading over the palm tree tops.mean, seriously, what more can you ask for your 100th dive? (apart for a shark and an eagle ray)
Divemaster trainee Tram – Week 2 with The Business of Diving
Chapter 7 of the divemaster manual has this sentence: “Being a PADI divemaster trainee, you are in the transformation business”. Hahaha, it couldn’t ring a louder bell to me. Here I thought I was special, not doing the divemaster to start a career in diving, but in the end PADI knows best. LOL, it’s all about the love of diving and personal transformation.
Look closer, Lembeh teaches, on the first day as your eyes adjust to the tiny. No, closer, comes the whisper. Can’t believe this shrimp is so tiny! No, look closer, Lembeh teaches, by the third day as the shrimp is one-sixteenth the size of the last one. No, closer, Lembeh urges, as that speck comes to life and moves.
On September 20 we left Auckland, New Zealand to begin our adventure with Two Fish, Nusa Lembongan. Our flight was an hour late into Denpasar and we already had a tight schedule for catching the last ferry to Nusa Lembongan without the delay. We cleared customs and immigration ready to book a hotel for the night ourselves and contact Bryce. We had been informed that the driver would need to leave by 1630 so we did not think anyone would still be waiting an hour later. Sure enough, Two Fish had a driver waiting for us and had even booked a room for the night for us in Sanur. A taxi was arranged for the next morning to the ferry and we transferred by ferry to Lembogan. We checked into our room early that morning and stopped by Two Fish.
This week in Nusa Lembongan… Even though the mola season has not been a crazy busy one, are divers have still had the chance to swim along with some friendly underwater creatures. Divemaster trainee Nicole, while helping with the group of 16 people we had from Denmark, saw 3 different turtles in one dive on the north coast of Nusa Penida. We get two different types of turtles in Nusa Lembongan, the Green Turtle and the Hawksbill Turtle.
This has been a week since I arrived at Two Fish Divers as a Divemaster trainee. I first spent 4 days in Lembeh, a small island off the coast off north Sulawesi (another bigger island of Indonesia). It effectively means that I am at the EDGE of the world. It “only” took me 50 hours to get there. But man, it’s well worth it. It’s heaven. Here’s a cheesy sunset picture as teaser … but let’s backtrack a little bit…
Amed’s House Reef is teeming with life at the moment: we’ve been spotting families of ornate ghost pipefish regularly, and a few days ago, this brightly colored Rhinopias (weedy scorpion fish) made his home here (thanks Nina Banks for the picture). Not enough? There have been blue-ringed octopus, too.
The rare Engagement Ring Fish was spotted in Lembeh this week after Will arranged for a beautiful underwater proposal to Jo. The ring was placed in a Giant Clamshell and left for Jo to discover. After she check-marked “YES” on a provided slate, they received underwater congratulations from 15 fellow Two Fish divers. It was an unforgettable proposal to everyone present, and one guest admitted to even tearing up a bit in her mask… Two Fish sends a huge congratulations to Will, Jo and their families on their beautiful engagement!
As training continues, I feel I am getting more autonomous every day. It’s really nice to feel your knowledge, skills and confidence level growing – both in the water and on land. I now have a more precise idea of how the dive center operates, what there is to do with divers from check-in to check-out. I also realize I know the diving spots better – I gained in spatial awareness underwater and I’m better at finding stuff.
This week in Lembongan… The fish that we want to focus on is the scorpion fish, as you have to focus quiet a bit to see them. Scott, one of our current PADI Divemaster trainees, spotted a pretty large scorpion fish while diving on the north coast of Nusa Penida a few days ago. Normally hard to spot with the amazing camouflage ability, this one, due to it’s size, was a bit easier to point out!
Where does one begin telling a story about how diving has changed our life…
Two months ago, after a challenging year, we packed up our corporate lives in Dubai in search of new challenges, opportunities and life experiences because we had had enough of the rat race lifestyle and the heat in the Middle East. We had a rough outline resembling a plan but had no idea what to expect when we finally decided to continue our diving education.
On Gili Air this week we have had our resident Mr Daniel Swahn still with us. Daniel is from Sweden and checked into Gili Air back on the 19th September and so far he has completed his Open Water Course, a few fun dives, Advanced course and is now onto his rescue. He is fully addicted and really has become a team member with us here at Divezone. Sadly he will be off to Gili Meno tomorrow for a few days but it is highly likely that he will be back.
This week at Two Fish divers Amed, we were very busy with lots of fun divers and courses. Our boat was full every day, so we had to organize daily trips from shore. We would like to highlight some of our best trips in Amed : Night diving on the USAT Liberty shipwreck and see the Bumphead parrotfish.
Everything Halimeda is impressing Two Fish divers in Lembeh this week! If you are not already familiar with the small green leaves of Halimeda Algae, there’s good reason to become acquainted on your next visit to Lembeh. Halimeda Ghostpipefish are just one example of the rare and beautiful creatures that hang out in beds of Halimeda. Called Ghostpipefish because of their uncanny ability to disappear and reappear like an apparition, the Halimeda Ghostpipefish does a perfect impersonation of the algae that it camouflages against.
Spent months figuring out where was the best place to do my divemaster course – I wanted to find a good balance between 1. quality of diving, 2. quality of training and 3. level of comfort. Bunaken scored good in all three areas. After hesitating between some resorts, I choose Two Fish because it seemed the best equipped operation for educational purposes.
Hello Two Fish friends, Tom here again for another dive masters trainee blog.
I’m progressing slowly but surely through the course, and am in the last quarter now..
I’ve assisted on four discover scuba’s and one bubble maker, both great as they are designed for people to access the world of diving, quickly and without much learning.
Our guests joined us for a “dive against debris” on our adopted dive site “Muka Kampung” in front of Bunaken village.
Everybody had an amazing dive seeing lots of turtles and did a great job in picking up debris on the way.
12 divers collected 17 plastic bags, 18 plastic beverage bottles, 2 buckets, 3 food containers, 11 cups and plates, 8 diapers, 10 fishing lines, 22 food wrapers, 27 pieces of rope, 9 plastic fragments, 4 glass bottles, 1 beverage can, 1 food can, 4 towels, 1 head torch and 3 shoes. This amounted in a total 8.5 kg of debris which got removed from that beautiful dive site.
This week on the North Gili’s, Lombok we have been out every day on the boat we have managed to visit a variety of sites this week.
Diving around Gili Trawangan we often spot White tip reef sharks, black tips and Jacks. The white tip reef sharks around here are generally extremely lazy, we find them hanging out under rocks of slowly swimming around, which is great for those who like taking pictures as they can generally get a clear shot. As for the black tips and jacks they are a bit faster cruising around the reefs.
Our second PADI IDC at Two Fish Divers Lembongan started on 15 September with the IDC orientation and theory pre-evaluation!
We have two candidates, Jade & Jessica, and they are being looked after by Staff Instructor Paula and Course Director Mark so they are in good hands!
This week in Lembongan, during the discovery dive of Vishal, we focused a bit on the usual inhabitants of the coral reef, and particularly the damselfish which are populating the coral reel. Damselfishes are these energetic little fish that you will spot everywhere on the reefs of South-East Asia seas. They have 321 known species, usually with oval body shapes (up to around 35cm) and bright colors.
In Gili Air this week … we found a Giant Frogfish at Gili Air again!! Well the last time it was a painted frogfish, and this time the colour was a faded purple/grey. Such a nice find as these odd shaped bottom dwellers tend to camouflage and hide a lot.
It was found on the dive site called Hans Reef where it was found chilling out on an artificial cage at 12 meters. This dive site is in the North Gilis, and this week the waves have frequently been big, limiting us to the North sites of all 3 Gili’s. This is not a bad thing as we have lovely sites up in the north with a variety of sea life, enough to make all divers of all levels happy!!!