Bunaken, north Sulawesi, the Liveaboard on land, the “retreat” for divers! Sounds like a perfect place where to go for an IDC and guess what, yes it is!On the 9th of February, we started our Instructor Development Course on this little paradise.
Divemaster course is a really hard work to me as it deals with many tanks and equipment every day. Having a petite frame, these hard works can knock me out sometimes, nevertheless, it’s still a great experience. I have reviewed open-water skills in the pool with my instructor and learned some new techniques, such as filling cylinders, managing the boat, and doing my first briefing on the boat.
The environment here is good, the food was yummy, the staffs are friendly, and there are 3 lovely big dogs. Everything is simply just brilliant. Except if it could rain slightly less but we are in the raining season. Despite the rain, the visibility is good underwater.
Time is running fast when you are having a great time and that has been unfortunately so true for me. After the first three weeks of my Divemaster training on Bunaken, I really was not ready to leave for Nusa Lembongan. It was not easy all the time, I have learned a lot from my instructors Markus and Dion. Neither of them given up with me, even when I gave them hard time. Like during my first attempt to guide the night dive I kicked Markus on the head so many times he spent the next morning searching the internet for a suitable helmet. When I finally got on the boat to Manado there might have been some tears of sadness (or relief from Markus and Dion). But joking aside I loved diving and living on Bunaken, it was an amazing stay and I will always remember the amazing people I met. Thanks again guys.
Think of technical diving and a picture of a diver in black carrying a heavy twinset comes to mind – pretty similar to the picture here. But think of cave diving and that picture often changes to a sidemount diver.
Both kinds of diving simply simply require different equipment. So far, so good, but what do you choose when you’re looking to get into technical diving? We’ve put together a bit of advice.