Well, it’s done! After four weeks of slavery and hard work, I’m now a PADI Divemaster!! No just kidding, it has been an incredible journey, filled with laughs, fun, amazing dives and good memories with a really cool team.
I suppose the first point I should really make is that this is my first time in Indonesia; in fact I’ve never been this far east before at all, (my previous record being Nepal).
I’m now into week 5 of my 6-week Eco Divemaster Internship, and the move from Lembeh to Bunaken has meant a change of instructors and a change of pace as well as a change of scene.
I have just finished my half at Two Fish Lembongan. I feel that I have come so far from the first couple of weeks of being here. I have now progressed onto my Divemaster training.
So what an experience it has been here the last two weeks at Two Fish Divers in Lembongan. The time has flown by so fast it is hard to remember where I even started.
As 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.
I arrived in Lembeh fresh out of my Rescue Diver training and excited to start my Divemaster Internship. After being presented with my timetable for the first three weeks, I went to bed that night in fear and trepidation – what had I got myself into?
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.
“Dive against debris!” That was my project for my Project Aware specialty in my DM course. I organized the afternoon dive to be a fun and free dive for all guests here at Two Fish to help us go clean up the bottom of the sea! It was great!
I 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.
Another busy period behind!
-All theory and exercises are now finished:
-Just finished my treading water, in the sea this time!
-I was able to assitet with Asker and Camilla’s course and now both are certified Open Water Divers and Advance Open Water divers!
I have had a busy week ticking boxes off the list of requirements for my DM! I did a DSD, 400m swim, 800m swim, extensive excellent compressor workshop, super thorough equipment workshop, my skills in the pool, OW confined 1,2,3 and so much more just being immersed in the busy busy life at Two Fish Divers Bunaken.
Full Power ahead! I have finished a few more chapters from my DM manual and have wrestled through many chapters of my instructors manual.
Just started my divemaster course !
I chose Two Fish Divers on Bunaken island because I had been there before. Two Fish Bunaken is located on the waterfront, just behind the mangrove forest.
“You…. Watch…. Me…” This week has been all about learning the skill circuit.
Part of the divemaster course is to learn the skill circuit. These are the skills that I will be able to use to teach a scuba review for a certified diver that has been out of the water for a long period of time and wishes to refresh their diving knowledge and skills.
Wow. It’s been a week already!! We are in full swing here in Bunaken. There are a variety of courses going on! I have been assisting with Ina, who is great. She explains everything really well and is also fun and a great role model for me. She’s calm. Lol.
Day 1: Today was my official start of my Dive Master Training! And yes I am doing the blog even though it’s day one. Lol. But I figured why not? Day one is actually a really important day and what I better way to celebrate it, then documenting it.
So here we are, at the end of a 5-week long training. I have completed my PADI divemaster internship, and it has been a wonderful experience through which I have been able to acquire a wide range of skills. It certainly has allowed me to expand my knowledge base of the diving industry.
Week 2 of my divemaster training- being a panic diver is quite an exercise
The past week I have been assisting on a rescue course. When I heard that Georgia, a fellow DMT, was starting her rescue course, I told Bryce that I would really like to assist on the course. I had no idea how much of a workout I had signed myself up for.
Week 4 already, time is flying by… Only one more week to go before it’s over. I very much enjoyed week 4 as I got to assist on an open water course with a student from China. He was a very good student, attentive and serious, he did extremely well, so congratulations Ben and enjoy the rest of your diving adventure in Lembeh!
After my first day of diving at Two Fish Divers Lembongan, I walked up to Laurent, the resort manager and told him that I am interested in doing my divemaster course with Two Fish.
This week of my divemaster training was once again a lot of fun, although a little less full on because after my foot injury I managed to give myself a back injury… Not even lifting tanks the wrong way, just simply by pushing it with my legs bent and somehow I must have pulled something in my lower back since I heard a crack… So during those dry days I took my theory exam and standards exam and passed both. After a couple of days everything got into place with my back problems and now it’s business as usual.
Did a day trip – normally planned as 3 fun dives with helping on the boat and carrying tanks etc, but because of strong current it was also helping and co-ordinating the group (with the other both guides).