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Winged pipefish on Gili Islands

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…

Bunaken DMT Michelle Tells You More About Her Experience

DMT Michelle - PoolMowing 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…

Sharing Their Divemaster Course Experience

Lynn gearing up for her divemaster courseDivemaster 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.

Lynn

Divemaster trainee Jason and his experience

Divemaster trainee and his experienceHey folks!
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).

Part 4 DMT Tram: Bare feet and bare all

Part 4 divemaster trainee Tram: Bare feet and bare allMy 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!!!

Part III: Tram road to become a divemaster

Tram road to become a divemasterToday, 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)

DMT Tram “The Business of Diving”

Week 2 of divemaster trainee Tram! “The Business of Diving”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.

DMT Scott and the Divemaster Course Work Began

DMT Scott - And the Course Work BeganOn 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.

The story of divemaster trainee Tram

divemaster traineeThis 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…

Marco’s update on his divemaster course

marco-blog2As 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.