DMT Carmelo – week 2

DMT Carmelo - week 2Time passes so fast here in Bunaken. I have been on this island for four weeks so far and I still love this place. I was quite busy with my Divemaster internship this week. I finished the DM manual and did the final exam. Theory is done 🙂 The last two weeks I practiced the 24 Dive Skills several times with Dom in the pool. I could also see how the other two instructors are conducting the skills during the Open Water courses. So this week was my turn and my Dive Skills were scored by Ina.

Barbara 2 – Finishing up my PADI Divemaster Training

Finishing my PADI Divemaster Training in LembehWoah! Only two more days before Andreas, Thano and I finish our PADI Divemaster Training here in Lembeh with Two Fish Divers. Tomorrow we are organizing the final part of our training – the  AWARE Project. The purpose is to organize an activity promoting environmental awareness, so we are heading out to clean the reef in front of one of the local villages.

Lyn 1 – my PADI Divemaster course in Lembeh

Lyn 1Well after planning this trip for around half a year, I’m now roughly half way through my PADI Divemaster course here in Sulawesi.
Sometimes when people think of Divemaster Trainees, they get the impression that they are mostly backpacking twenty somethings. Well, I’m not quite in that age group anymore, but I have definitely been bitten by the scuba bug. Doing the Divemaster course isn’t really about looking for work in the dive industry, well at least not in the immediate future. It’s more about a personal challenge and improving my dive skills.

Angela Week 2-4 – Completely Different World

Angela Week 2-4 - Completely Different WorldSo I have had 2 weeks in Lembeh now and I feel like I have entered a completely different world of diving. Once you think things can’t better they always do. I am fully into my dive master training course which is seriously intense but so much fun at the same time. Here in Lembeh I have had many new experiences such as muck diving, wreck diving and night diving.

Dive Against Debris on my Eco Divemaster Internship

Dive Against DebrisAs rubbish in our oceans is a big problem, and as part of my Eco Divemaster Internship I had to organize a Project Aware Dive Against Debris reef cleaning.  So last Friday an intrepid group of 8 divers (some were even volunteers) went to one of the Two Fish dive sites and after I gave my first dive briefing, we descended into what looked to be basically an underwater rubbish dump.

My last DMT blog because it’s over!

My last DMT blog because it’s over!Yes, it’s true! I finished my Dive Master Training this week! I am a DM!! Something that I have wanted to do and wasn’t really sure I really would ever really get to do, is done. That’s a great feeling. So my 8 weeks of listening, learning, carrying tanks early in the am and pm, setting up gear, carrying gear, assisting my GREAT instructors, reading PADI books, watching videos, taking exams, learning how to help/assist/support clients and students with what ever they need whenever, and basically being aware and available to help and do what I can…………… is over. Part of me is sad really and another part is relieved. I am tired. I think the combo of the physical and mental foreign activities and constant state of not knowing what they heck you are doing is tiring. It’s funny because I can’t see the change in myself and my diving, but my husband he says he sees it as well as my instructors have said they have which is so nice to hear. I think in a couple weeks after we leave Two Fish Divers and we are diving elsewhere, I will wake up one day and say WOW, yeah, I really have changed and I really know what I am doing! lol No seriously, I know I have changed but it will be great to continue to work on everything I have learned and put all my skills into practice as we continue our diving honeymoon for the next 9 months.

Muck Diving

Muck DivingI have been SO busy with my DMT course trying to get it all finished, but not rushing things so I really learn and feel comfortable with it all. We are now at the third location of Two Fish Divers in Lembeh Strait, north east tip of North Sulawesi. It is a major shipping port, but we are across the strait on an island, as usual. lol So, here is the land of MUCK diving. Yes, I said muck! What the heck is that? I asked that question months back whilst planning this trip and my MSDT husband was jumping up and down in excitement that my DMT course was going to take us to Lembeh, a photographer’s dream place.