Third week has just flown by here on beautiful Bunaken and the weather (and visibility – yeah!) has improved significantly. Now it is as beautiful as I remember it three and a half years ago.
I have just come to the end of the first week of my divemaster course with Two Fish Divers in Bunaken, which has been a great experience so far. Highlights of this week include the variety of corals and fish I have seen at every dive site and so many turtles that I have lost count!
I’ve now gone through the first 10 days of my divemaster course and it’s time to write a little about my experiences over the last week.
This week has primarily been about improving my skills. There are 24 specific dive skills to be mastered at demonstration-grade level, to allow me to assist a PADI instructor in Open Water training sessions. In addition to this I’ve been practicing leading groups under water and being Divemaster on a dive boat.
Divemaster internship first few days – Bunaken
I’ve now been on the Two Fish Divers resort in Bunaken for well over a week working my way through the PADI courses for “Advanced Open Water”, “Emergency First Response” and “Rescue Diver” to finally be able to start the “Dive Master” course.
I’ve now been on Nusa Lembongan for 11 days and had a mix of fun diving and working through the requirements for the PADI Divemaster program. I’m taking the program over four weeks, mainly as a personal challenge and to take the next step in my diving.
It is surreal that my time as a DMT in Bunaken has finally come to an end. My experience here was exceptional, in and out of the classroom.
Dion, my fantastic instructor, always had a smile on his face and finds ways to entertain in the classroom. The internship work wasn’t easy, but after my courses were finished I was pleased to see what I accomplished. Part of the satisfaction was the challenge.
Just two days ago, really only a day and a half out of the water, Sara and I took our final exam’s and turned in our final projects for our Dive Master program. It is hard to believe that we are finished.
Lots of excitement in Bunaken this week as usual, both in and out of the water!
Initially, my week started off on a bad note with visa issues. Let this be a note to all who are doing their Divemaster course, get your visa renewal done early. I had thought that it would be a quick process, and it would have been relatively so, if only I had gotten the wheel moving earlier. After I turned my papers into the front desk late last week, I was told the process would take longer than I had expected.
Padi has a contest for new Dive Masters. To enter you have to have just finished your DMT, so I will have to wait a couple of weeks to send this in,, but I thought I might share it with all of you in the meantime.
From Lembeh to Bunaken, my DMT course has been wonderful.
Dani started off my course in Lembeh with Search and Recovery as well as Wreck Diving, two of the included specialties. Search and Recovery was as it sounds, but Wreck Diving was like no other diving I have ever experienced.
The Return of the Magic – Assisting with Dive Classes
Tim and I greeted our students: Simon and Bronwyn from Oregon and Matthias from France. How incredible of a small world is it that we traveled all the way to Indonesia to meet people from Corvallis, Oregon – less than 3 hours from our home town?
Feeling at home.
There is a song with a lyric that states that “home is where ever I’m with you”. For me the “you” is a wonderful redheaded girl named Sara and where ever we are together is just fine with me. But other things add to that feeling of home.
Why are we doing the Divemaster Certification? Why are we doing it with Two Fish? Why did we leave the United States? These are questions we are asked around the Two Fish dinner table most evenings. Tim and I want to become Divemasters because we would like to travel the tropical world and obtain skills to earn money while we are there. I want to be a Divemaster because I love the ocean and its inhabitants and want to share that incredible underwater world with others. And, I love teaching – seeing that light turn on for someone when they have understood a new skill.
On the 8th of October, Sara and I started a life transition. From living in a cabin in the woods in the USA to a group of small islands in Indonesia.
Another week has past here on Lembongan, a week filled with fun diving with nice people. And dolphins of course! 🙂 We were on a drift dive the other day off Ciningan wall when 20 dolphins passed us. Absolutely magical!
I’m already halfway through my Divemaster course, seems like yesterday that I arrived from Sweden. I pretty much spent the first weeks learning my way around the dive shop and the different routines with all the gear and guests, and of course a lot of diving, which for me meant that I first of all had to learn how to use the BCD for buoyancy and not the drysuit that I usually use back home. Also trying to get used to seeing so much fish on every single dive! 🙂
Skill circuit done, assisting Open Water course from A to Z done, guiding certified divers done, things went good this week. Still need to do my laundry…
Bye Bye Nusa Lembongan, bye bye manta, bye bye Mola Mola, bye bye Thresher Shark, bye bye Whale Shark.
Hello Bunaken, hello Open Water students, Hello DSD, Hello swimming pool.
Honestly, When people decide to do their DMT, first thought is: “Cool, I’ll do a lot of Fun Dives, and for free!”. Well…
After stepping on the boat and saying goodbye to Bunaken, I started my little trip towards Lembeh.
After a short boat ride and a two hour drive by car I arrived at the harbour. Where i could see the boat that was to pick me up in the distance. In my imagination was the distance to Lembeh much greater but it took around 10 minutes to get from the one side to the other.
In the last week of my course I found time to relax a bit and mix “business with pleasure”. I made a creation to put into the artificial house reef and sunk it.
I particularly liked the scuba review: all of a sudden you’re the one that’s teaching skills to others. Realising this put a smile on my face and I had a great time doing it.
My last week and a half (yes, I extended my stay by six days because I couldn’t bear to leave) in Lembeh has been absolutely fantastic. I got the rest of my course requirements completed – guiding certified divers, scuba review, assisting on continued education and my skills and rescue assessment.
My first week of DMT was not all fun and games. I started directly with studying and watching the video’s that come with it. Apart from that there was some diving.
Just after I had finished my second blog, a telephone call from Bunaken brought good news:
There had been a last minute request for an open water course. So I got over there the next day and that was the beginning of a great week.
I arrived in Lembeh after a very easy transfer and was shown around by the other DMT here, Sylvia. A few guests who had been in Bunaken with me had come to Lembeh and everyone is lovely so I felt very welcome and almost like I had not moved location at all.