This week in Bunaken… Today is the last day of the PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course) and we are having two quite nervous and stressed out candidates polishing their skills to perfection in the pool this afternoon. Tomorrow the examinor from PADI arrives and the dreaded IE (Instructor Examination) kicks off with written exams.
Our Feb PADI IDC Bunaken program started a few days ago, and this time its an all-girls contingent. Pictured on the right are Mia, Claire and Gwen. Gwen is from France and Mia is from Finland, they are the newbies hoping to become new PADI IDC Instructors.
This week in Bunaken… Dugong o’hoy! Luke from Australia got a very nice surprise when he did some snorkelling on the dive site Muka, just in front of the Two Fish Divers resort. While enjoying the reef ledge something made him turn around and just a couple of meters behind him, a few meters down, swam a dugong!
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.