“Are you ready to sign?” Bryce said. “What? Sign what?” I asked confused. “You graduated! From today you are a divemaster!” he raised his voice. “Oh, great!” I said, but not as happy as I should be, because graduation not only means I’m a certified divemaster, it also means my training is finished, and I am free from all the work I needed to do.
Face is painful because of sun burn, hands are tanned like a panda, unknown thick skin growing on the bottom of my feet and muscles sore. But Enjoying the fresh air, sunny days, meeting interesting people from all over the word, diving with all the amazing colorful aquatic life and gaining an unforgettable once in a life experience.
I arrived in Manado, Indonesia the 21st September after a 34h travel from the Seychelles (where I did a Marine Conservation and Research Program before). Therefore it was really late at night when I finally got to Manado, so I had to spend a night there before continuing my travel the next day to Bunaken Island.
What a week of action! Monday morning started by assisting in an Open Water course in the pool. The afternoon we, some of the customers at the dive resort and several staff members, contributed to the Project AWARE. We went to clean the underwater waste from two diving spots by snorkelling. The week continued by assisting in Rescue course. I was playing again the troubled-diver and we stayed mainly on the surface practicing towing and rescue breathing excercises. The sun was burning hot and left some clearly visible marks on us: in the evening our faces were red like big sweet strawberries.