So I will list my activities and I hope you`ll get a feeling of it all, but there are fundives also, but for example reading a non-diving-book there is not so much time… At the end I will count all dives.
Week 2 of my DM internship at Two Fish Bunaken, continuing to have lots of fun with snorkel expeditions, tried to start guiding guests on dives which I felt a bit nervous about at first but am gradually starting to feel more confident, have been doing demonstration skills and really trying to practice those as much as possible.
I started my Divemaster course on the 18th of October. My plan to do it was very spontaneous (10 days before arriving and 5 days before the flight was i booked…) so thanks to Dani because of her helping emailing so that I had all the information I needed and also helped to book the domestic flight.
After completing my rescue and EFR courses in the Philippines, and a quick stop for some fun diving in Sipadan, I arrived on Bunaken island this week and am very happy to be back. This is the fifth time for me in Bunaken and it really does feel like coming home.
After some hard work, I’m all done!!
Face is painful because of sun burn, hands are tanned like a panda, unknown thick skin growing on the bottom of my feet and muscles sore. But Enjoying the fresh air, sunny days, meeting interesting people from all over the word, diving with all the amazing colorful aquatic life and gaining an unforgettable once in a life experience.
I arrived in Manado, Indonesia the 21st September after a 34h travel from the Seychelles (where I did a Marine Conservation and Research Program before). Therefore it was really late at night when I finally got to Manado, so I had to spend a night there before continuing my travel the next day to Bunaken Island.
This week start has of super busy, as I was more familiar with what I should do every day, and also because I started to do the dive center briefing, boat briefing and dive site briefing, I assist Steph on a open water pool class and open water class, I assist Laurent with dsd open water.
What a week of action! Monday morning started by assisting in an Open Water course in the pool. The afternoon we, some of the customers at the dive resort and several staff members, contributed to the Project AWARE. We went to clean the underwater waste from two diving spots by snorkelling. The week continued by assisting in Rescue course. I was playing again the troubled-diver and we stayed mainly on the surface practicing towing and rescue breathing excercises. The sun was burning hot and left some clearly visible marks on us: in the evening our faces were red like big sweet strawberries.
The second week has gone really fast. I am still in paradise: on tropical island with perfect diving conditions. During the week I have been assisting in two different courses, in Open Water and in Rescue course. In between the courses I had a chance to practice my scuba dive skill demonstrations and do some of my swimming tests.
Choosing Two fish divers for my DMT was a last minute decision. My original plan was going to Thailand where I did my OW and AOW certificates. But just 3 days before I depart, I changed my plan to Lembongan. After a long trip from china, I was super exhausted, but when my little fast boat arrived in Lembongan, the beautiful beach view washed away all my tiredness.
Holiday in paradise! Finally the vacation which i have been waiting for so long. On Monday, at the beginning of this week, I arrived to Bunaken.
Wooo, I’m finally a Divemaster! My last week in Lembongan was very busy, but it was great to see all the signatures being signed off on my form. Day by day getting closer and closer to that final signature!
This is my fourth week as a dive master intern. This week my brother has come over to do his advanced course at Bunaken. I assisted on his course and since it was my last few days at Two Fish Bunaken I wrapped up some of my pending swim tests and the dive mapping activity.
This week started off with us spotting a Sperm Whale being washed ashore at the small jetty at Bunaken. I was pretty thrilled as this was the first time I had seen a whale although it was in a pretty bad state.
I’m well into my Divemaster course now. I’m beginning to get the hang of putting together what’s needed for each dive trip.
This week I’ve been learning the art of guiding, much to the amusement of my instructors. There have been underwater fights, lost equipment, and some very bad buoyancy!
I have been at Two Fish Divers, Bunaken, for a while now but it was only last week that I was formally introduced to the dive master internship.
It’s been 2 weeks, so I’m now halfway through my divemaster course. But I still feel like there is so much more to learn! This week has been very busy, which was good as it meant I had the opportunity to assist in Discover Scuba Diving, Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses.
After 2 weeks of my Divemaster Internship at Two Fish in Nusa Lembongan I have already experienced a lot. Time flies! It’s very interesting to see what’s going on in a Dive center. Who is in charge of what and what needs to be done, so everything works without problems and – most importing thing -pleases the guest. As a tourist you wouldn’t think how much work and effort there is behind the scene, so diving is safe and fun.
Yeah, I passed all my swim tests 🙂 800m snorkeling, 400m swimming , 100m tired diver tow, 15 minute floating and last but not least the equipment exchange! Now I am super tired from all the hard work!
Can’t believe I only have one week left on the island. I have done a lot, but still have a busy week ahead of me to get the last things done for my DM certification. Hopefully it will go pretty smoothly….
Wow time flies! Another busy week has passed. I have already learned a whole lot but I did realize that there is so much more that I have to learn…