Diving & Divemaster Training Changed Our Lives

DMT Nicole and Ben - How Diving Has Changed our LivesWhere 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.

Bunaken divemaster trainee Marco introduction

Bunaken divemaster trainee Marco introductionSpent 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.

Hairy Octopus in Lembeh this week!

Hairy Octopus in Lembeh this week!To the surprise and delight of our divers, one of the rarest octopus in the Strait, the Hairy Octopus, graced us with his delightfully-playful presence this week. There also continues to be an excess of Juvenile Frogfish on the reef, in all colors, species and sizes. Everyone from super macro photographers to compact shooters will be taking home an incredible selection of Frogfish photos! Add the Halemeida Ghostpipefish sighting to the mix, and it was quite the eventful week of diving!

Lembeh Critter – Shrimpgoby and its counterpart

Shrimpgobys and their Snapping Shrimp counterparts in Lembeh this week.Divemaster in Training Lily was fascinated by the Shrimpgobys and their Snapping Shrimp counterparts in Lembeh this week. The Shrimpgoby lives alongside a nearly blind Snapping Shrimp in a burrow and provides the vulnerable shrimp with the protection of “eyesight”. The bull-dozing shrimp provides the Shrimpgoby with a clean burrow as it spends its days cleaning out their home. Any time it leaves the burrow the Shrimp maintains physical contact with its watchful Shrimpgoby. At the first sign of danger, a single flick of the Shrimpgoby’s tail sends them both diving for safety back into their manicured burrow.

Bunaken’s new divemaster trainee – Lilly

Candy Crab by Divemaster trainee Lily Hi there! My name is Lilly and I just spend my first week of my 7 weeks total as a divemaster trainee. Diving has always been my passion and after studying 5 months in cold (but beautiful) Northern Ireland as my gap semester I decided to take my diving “career” (if you can call it that) further by becoming a Divemaster before heading back home to Switzerland. I just came back from learning how to fill tanks and spend my morning assisting a PADI Open Water diver on his first two dives. Now I have 40 minutes to write this blog after which instructor Dion will show me how to use the compass so I hopefully won’t get lost during the night dive this evening.

Tom’s divemaster course in Bunaken…

13689470_10154251085938162_2101283460_nHi, my name is Tom, welcome to my first ever Blog.
I’m 35 years old and on many days, still feel I have the wonder of a child. Diving helps maintain this wonderment..
I am a British lad, born in Belgium and now have a home in Spain surrounded by grapevines..
I have left this hot dry place to come to the hot wet place called Bunaken, to learn the ways of the diving masters.

PADI Divemaster Trainee – Wendy-Anne Weeks 1-2, Nusa Lembongan

The first 2 weeks of my Divemaster training have been busy, reviewing skills learned in previous courses, as well as learning a lot of new things as well.  I started with the Drift Diving specialty course, which is one of my favourite types of diving as I love feeling like I’m flying through the water, watching an underwater movie!
I’ve assisted with several courses, an Advanced Open Water, re-activate and an Open Water course.  Watching someone diving for the first time was fantastic, seeing him looking all around in amazement, and then surfacing and raving about how much he had enjoyed the experience – it was a great feeling helping someone discover the underwater world I love so much!

PADI Divemaster Trainee – Irene’s Journey of becoming a Divemaster

PADI Divemaster Trainee – Irene's Journey of becoming a DivemasterAfter diving for 6 years and getting myself certified as a Rescue Diver in Mar 2016, I reckon it’s time to upgrade my skills and experience in diving and take my diving to the next level: Dive Master. I’ve never really had the time to do this before, so now that I’ve made my office job history, it make sense to start the next chapter of my life adventure with getting my Dive Master certification.

The next question is, where? After some thorough research and comparison against 3-4 different dive centers around the world, I’ve decided to do this with Two Fish, Nusa Lembongan.

Divemaster Trainee Sara – Her Story

Divemaster training in progressIn the picture you see our divemaster trainee Sara in full action assisting our instructor Markus on her first open water course. Here she tells you how it came to it…: Back in Belgium an impulsive decision led to a range of beautiful moments and a step in life where I didn’t think of being ready for but now I can’t let go of the idea of becoming a divemaster.

Last few days in Bunaken – Marissa’s Divemaster course

Divemaster course in BunakenI am about to finish my time in Bunaken, and again I am not at all ready to say goodbye. Although, I have almost finished checking all the boxes for completing my Divemaster program! With my last two weeks so near, I really have no idea where the time went, and I am not ready for it to end. The past two weeks have been quite action packed, finishing up more specialty courses and assisting with guiding and other courses.

Week Three – Marissa’s Divemaster course in Lembongan and Bunaken

Divemaster course in LembonganWell, the last week of my divemaster course in Lembongan was bittersweet. I was so excited to finally journey to the breathtaking Bunaken I had heard so much about, but could not shake the melancholy I felt for leaving Nusa Lembongan Island. I did however get very lucky, as my last week there was full of guests and scuba diving courses, which meant a lot of daily fun diving for me! I thought eventually I might get tired of the reef walls along the north coast of Nusa Penida, or eventually my wonderment for Mantas might dwindle but I am now quite sure, that is impossible.

Lots of candy crabs spotted underwater in Bunaken

Candy crabs in BunakenBunaken is home to Asia’s best wall dives, making it easy to marvel at the sheer length and depth of them whilst overlooking the smaller creatures that live underwater in Bunaken – but this week, we’ve been fascinated by a tiny little marine dweller called candy crab or soft coral crab. Hard to spot as they mimic the soft coral they live on almost perfectly, it’s down to our guides’ amazing eyes to find them.

Week Four – Tristan’s Divemaster course in Bunaken

Divemaster course in BunakenI had the pleasure of doing my Wreck and Night Diver specialities this week. Having not been on a night dive for over 5 years, I was reminded of why I loved it so much. Bunaken night diving is amazing; enormous crabs lurking in the reef, mandarin fish hiding in the corals, and beautiful Pleurobranch displaying their splendid purple colour in the torch light. On the final dive, when I was required to turn my torch off for 3 minutes, I was lucky enough to be diving on a near full moon, and found that my body movements activated the bioluminescence. This made the three minutes rather enjoyable, this also served as entertainment for a student taking her advanced course night dive who commented on the light show she witnessed whilst all was dark.

Lots of diving courses this week in Bunaken

Diving courses in BunakenWhile things around the resort calmed down a bit after Easter, our instructors Dion and Yvonne have been busy teaching right across the spectrum of PADI courses for the past few days. They’ve been introducing first time divers to the underwater world, explored shipwrecks and worked with our divemaster trainees to perfect their skills both underwater and on land. And they even managed to re-introduce a guest to the underwater world after a 13 year break who was most impressed by the number and size of turtles on our walls (picture by Alex Schade).