Last week Wednesday, I arrived to start my 4 weeks Gili Air Divemaster Internship. After my arrival, I went to the dive shop where I met George and my new Instructor for the next few weeks, Frauke “Kay” who also speaks German! The first day I just went for fun dives with Kay as I…
This week, our dive guide Andy was proofing his ability to spot the smallest and most amazing creatures you can find here on the Gili Islands like winged pipefish, hairy shrimps, ghost pipefish and some amazing looking nudibranchs. And of course, the usual encounters with black tip reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and some…
My third and final destination on my divemaster journey was the Two Fish Lembongan dive center, and although I pride myself on my ability to “rough it,” being somewhere a bit less remote was a pleasant change after Bunaken and Lombok. Lembongan was a charming little island, with lots of good food choices, and some…
When I initially decided to do my Divemaster Internship in Indonesia, I thought that choosing a dive center would be a difficult decision. Upon discovering that Two Fish Divers offered a DM internship spread over multiple locations the decision quickly became a no-brainer for me. I spent the first 9 days of my internship in…
Mowing the pool
If the pool in the resort would have been the yard, I would have mowed the whole area at that time. One of the Divemaster assignments is to be able to demonstrate the confined water skills and one of them is the BCD removal and replacement. The first time I practiced the skills, I used my pocket weights instead of a weight belt. Well, I will never make THAT mistake again…
Imagine you are at the moment in life where you would be able to choose whatever you like to do, you do not have any responsibilities and could choose anything you want; what pops up in your mind? What would you love to do or experience? From land to sea In January this year, I…
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…
PADI Divemaster training is about to commence for our two Staff Mr. Munahir (or Moon as most know him) and Mr. Ipan, and we wish them every success!
They are both ready but also a little nervous as it is going to test some of their weaker areas such as physics, physiology and their general English skills, but we have every confidence that they will succeed.
So Here I am in Bunaken Island and after a little over a week and I can tell you I have survived! You can say I have thrown myself into the deep end with this my first days of diving were straight to learning a rescue course then starting on my Divemaster training with Instructor Markus and the other DMT Romana (who is at a similar level of experience to myself).
I have spent this week of my Dive Master Training in Lembeh, and it has been a wonderful experience! I haven’t worn shoes since I’d arrived and I had 4 dives every day, so full of amazing creatures and spotting a hairy octopus and seeing a blue ring has made it the even better!
Maddi’s first divemaster trainee blog WOOHOO! I’ve started my Divemaster in the centre of the Indo-Australian archipelago- Bunaken Island, North Sulawesi. Arriving on day 1 to a bunch of friendly faces was a comforting feeling as a solo backpacker, and with a few welcome drinks at night I couldn’t wait for the next day to see the dive sites.
It has been two fantastic weeks in Amed for my Divemaster course. Although the weather has not been great in the afternoon, the mornings were very sunny but the main thing is; there’s been no time for boredom.
Nusa Lembongan: (Nov 1st-21st)
3 weeks into our divemaster course and we are already saying goodbye to Nusa Lembongan, for now at least, to fly onto Manado and join the two fish crew in Bunaken. What an action filled, learning curve this past 3 weeks has been!
My last and final week of the divemaster trainee was in Lembongan, a small island across from Bali. The switch was a little unnatural at first but turned out to be an invaluable learning experience. Guiding guests diving in current, higher guests turn around, completely different conditions and aquatic life. Indeed, on our dive yesterday we saw TWELVE manta rays! Freaking amazing!!!
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.
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 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…
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.