Three new PADI Instructors and 1 Staff Instructor are born! On Nusa Lembongan, 19th of April, was the beginning of another great IDC program along with Platinum course director Marie. A nice mix of 3 different personalities, 3 different countries, 1 staff instructor trainee and Marie…5 people getting together for their 13 days of Instructor…
My third and final destination on my divemaster journey was the Two Fish Lembongan dive center, and although I pride myself on my ability to “rough it,” being somewhere a bit less remote was a pleasant change after Bunaken and Lombok. Lembongan was a charming little island, with lots of good food choices, and some…
Mowing the pool
If the pool in the resort would have been the yard, I would have mowed the whole area at that time. One of the Divemaster assignments is to be able to demonstrate the confined water skills and one of them is the BCD removal and replacement. The first time I practiced the skills, I used my pocket weights instead of a weight belt. Well, I will never make THAT mistake again…
Imagine you are at the moment in life where you would be able to choose whatever you like to do, you do not have any responsibilities and could choose anything you want; what pops up in your mind? What would you love to do or experience? From land to sea In January this year, I…
It’s been a busy week here in Lembeh!
The dinner tables are almost at full capacity and we have a fantastic mix of guests. It’s lovely to spend the festive period with new friends from all across the globe, each with their own stories and experiences and of course, words of advice about diving and underwater exploration.
Divemaster trainee Tram – Week 2 with The Business of Diving
Chapter 7 of the divemaster manual has this sentence: “Being a PADI divemaster trainee, you are in the transformation business”. Hahaha, it couldn’t ring a louder bell to me. Here I thought I was special, not doing the divemaster to start a career in diving, but in the end PADI knows best. LOL, it’s all about the love of diving and personal transformation.
This has been a week since I arrived at Two Fish Divers as a Divemaster trainee. I first spent 4 days in Lembeh, a small island off the coast off north Sulawesi (another bigger island of Indonesia). It effectively means that I am at the EDGE of the world. It “only” took me 50 hours to get there. But man, it’s well worth it. It’s heaven. Here’s a cheesy sunset picture as teaser … but let’s backtrack a little bit…
As training continues, I feel I am getting more autonomous every day. It’s really nice to feel your knowledge, skills and confidence level growing – both in the water and on land. I now have a more precise idea of how the dive center operates, what there is to do with divers from check-in to check-out. I also realize I know the diving spots better – I gained in spatial awareness underwater and I’m better at finding stuff.
Spent months figuring out where was the best place to do my divemaster course – I wanted to find a good balance between 1. quality of diving, 2. quality of training and 3. level of comfort. Bunaken scored good in all three areas. After hesitating between some resorts, I choose Two Fish because it seemed the best equipped operation for educational purposes.
Hello Two Fish friends, Tom here again for another dive masters trainee blog.
I’m progressing slowly but surely through the course, and am in the last quarter now..
I’ve assisted on four discover scuba’s and one bubble maker, both great as they are designed for people to access the world of diving, quickly and without much learning.
Our guests joined us for a “dive against debris” on our adopted dive site “Muka Kampung” in front of Bunaken village.
Everybody had an amazing dive seeing lots of turtles and did a great job in picking up debris on the way.
12 divers collected 17 plastic bags, 18 plastic beverage bottles, 2 buckets, 3 food containers, 11 cups and plates, 8 diapers, 10 fishing lines, 22 food wrapers, 27 pieces of rope, 9 plastic fragments, 4 glass bottles, 1 beverage can, 1 food can, 4 towels, 1 head torch and 3 shoes. This amounted in a total 8.5 kg of debris which got removed from that beautiful dive site.
Happy….. What is it?? This week in Lembongan… there is a special time, called Galungan, a 10 days Balinese festival period. Full of Hindu religious ceremonies which culminates at Kuningan. This week started all the preparations in Lembongan, with many bamboo and palm leaves ornaments arriving to the shops and ready to be sold to the villagers. Temples where adorned and locals started to prepare their beautiful and unique ceremonial attires.
When I first arrived in Bunaken I was stunned by the peacefulness of the place.
A boat ride across from Manado along crystal blue water and rolling, lush green mountains, and flashes of the reef from below.
Going into my sixth week of the divemaster course. Time flies when you are having fun! ? I’m happy with the choice of spreading the course over 8 weeks. It increased the amount of experience I earned by having time to do fun dives where I am able to learn from the dive guides or to guide several dives myself.
Night dives are amazing. I always knew that but since I’ve come here they have become my favourite dives ever. Due to my Divemaster Night Dive Speciality, I spend a lot of time night diving this week. Two blue ringed octopus, several leaf fishes, squids, a giant sponge crab and heaps and heaps of little shrimps in one dive – almost impossible to top!
This week in Lembongan… We are starting our high season, and this year as previous years, we are having an increasing amount of visitors in our tiny paradise island. Curious about what is it that brings people over to Lembongan, we decided to go ahead and ask to some of those visitors the reasons why they included Lembongan in their holiday itinerary. The answers were so diverse that it surprised us! We thought it would be interesting to share some of these thoughts. Of course, manta rays and mola-mola or sunfish are some of the main reasons why divers come to Lembongan.
Hi, my name is Tom, welcome to my first ever Blog.
I’m 35 years old and on many days, still feel I have the wonder of a child. Diving helps maintain this wonderment..
I am a British lad, born in Belgium and now have a home in Spain surrounded by grapevines..
I have left this hot dry place to come to the hot wet place called Bunaken, to learn the ways of the diving masters.
This weeks ‘dive against debris’ at our adopted dive site Muka Kampung in front of the Bunaken village was very successful. 10 guests and 7 staff joined in to collect in total 18 kg of debris. The strangest piece of debris was a bike tyre. It was a beautiful day and most of us went snorkeling as most of the debris is found shallow on top of the reef or on the surface. Everybody had a lot of fun drifting on a mild current above this beautiful dive site with amazing corals.
Compared to the last ‘dive against debris’ we collected two trash bags less but heavier items instead.
In the picture you see our divemaster trainee Sara in full action assisting our instructor Markus on her first open water course. Here she tells you how it came to it…: Back in Belgium an impulsive decision led to a range of beautiful moments and a step in life where I didn’t think of being ready for but now I can’t let go of the idea of becoming a divemaster.
Lembeh’s Divesite Police Pier is known for its plethora of Pipefish (alongside it’s spawning Mandarinfish and fantastic Frogfish population). This week one of the Banded Pipefish found itself in a slightly awkward situation when it got a bit to close to a hungry Ribbon Eel. Luckily, the Ribbon Eel immediately realized that the physics of his meal was simply too complicated and let the Pipefish go without so much as a scratch. If you look closely at the underside of the fish you can see that the Pipefish is carrying eggs. As it turns out, a whole generation of Banded Pipefish was spared!
We continuously educate our staff and send them also to external courses to enable them to serve our guests diving in Bunaken with the highest standard. Please see below some examples of the current staff education.
It was an exciting week in Lembeh as Martin, a first time visitor to Lembeh, asked his girlfriend, Carola to marry him! He hired Two Fish Lembeh’s transport boat to take the two of them to a beautiful, private white-sand beach where they went for a long, romantic walk before asking the Big Question. She said “Yes”, of course, which makes Lembeh a very memorable place for the both of them! A huge congratulations to Martin and Carola from the whole Two Fish Divers crew.
Bunaken resort update and info about the national park! After we had it a bit quiet in the last few days we have a full house again and there is a great buzz in the resort. We are diving with two boats which go to different dive sites.
We also have three students in open water courses who will be spoilt forever to do their courses on the amazing coral walls of Bunaken Island. Isabel saw an eagle ray one her first open water dive today.