So this week we say congrats to Hugo who just finished his PADI Enriched Air Nitrox course here with us!!! Hugo is a more than keen underwater photographer who came second in our 2008 photo competition. He decided to take his “Nitrox” course to extend his bottom time and increase his photo taking opportunities. He’s taken photos of many critters this week: several Mimic Octopus and one with only 4 legs (which he would like to name a “Mim” octopus), Pontohi Pygmy Seahorse, Thorny seahorse, and Hairy Frogfish to name a few. Well done Hugo!
The day after Christmas Day most people are having a lie-in or feeling ill from eating or drinking too much but not Sara, Rickard and Kurt who decided to complete their Advanced Open Water with Two Fish Divers here in Lembeh starting on December 26th!
We started with the Deep Dive and enjoyed seeing Pygmy and Ponthoi Seahorse alongside a Giant Frogfish, Devil Stingers and Ribbon Eels. All the divers wanted to improve their buoyancy so we spent the second dive playing Peak Performance Buoyancy games and almost straight way you could see an improvement. This dive they also got to see Seahorses, Wonderpus and another Giant Frogfish!
After a rest in the afternoon we headed out to complete the Night Dive – which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Squid, Decorator crabs, Seahorses and Pipefish all come out to greet our students!
The following day we completed an awesome Wreck Dive on the Mawali Wreck with loads of nice reef fish, Nudibranchs and awesome visibility. After that we concluded the Advanced Open Water Course with the Navigation dive on which we saw two huge reef Octopus, Nudibranchs and loads of Waspfish!
It was great fun teaching all three of you and hope that you continue to enjoy your diving!
Megan was first to sign up and then her friend Julianne decided to come along for the fun as well! Both currently living and working in Indonesia – Megan and Julianne are really making the most of the world-class diving that this area has to offer and after diving round Bali and Bunaken, they fancied trying out Muck Diving in Lembeh (where else? It is the best place in the world!)
Not knowing what to really expect from Muck Diving, when they read about the course that we (Helen & Gizmo) had written and they decided this would be the ideal course for them to take. We spent time perfecting buoyancy skills and then on the second dive we were busy identifying symbiosis and different types of Muck Diving critters!
The critters were also out in force for the first Muck Diver course – we saw loads of Ambon Scorpion, Stargrazer, Wonderpus, Devil Ray, Juvenile Batfish, Frogfish…the list goes on and on…….
Two Fish Divers Lembeh wants to congratulate again Keno on completing his Junior Open Water Course with us this week. Keno and his Dad Ben are regular visitors to our Bunaken Resort but decided to start this trip a little differently be coming to Lembeh to do some Muck Diving and also to have Keno do his Open Water Dives.
Keno completed the skills and classroom sections of the course back home in Switzerland so only had to complete the 4 Open Water Dives. Having been around diving for so long, it wasn’t a surprise that he took to it like ‘ a duck to water’ as us English people would say. He flew through all the skills like a little pro and got to see some pretty cool critters – Leaf Scorpionfish, Pegasus Sea Moths, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Waspfish and lots more.
We would like to wish Keno and Ben many happy dives together!
They are probably going to kill me for putting their PIC pictures onto the Internet but Two Fish Divers Lembeh wanting to pass their congratulations to Nick and Zina for completing not just one or two PADI Specialties but 4 with us in the space of 5 days!
It was pretty intense few days which started with an afternoon of Enriched Air Theory which ended with them both passing the exam with over 85%! The next day we started on the Search and Recovery course – which I really enjoy teaching! It is amazing how excited you can get that you have found a lost weight belt.
Over their stay we also did the Night Diver Specialty – one dive we did even incorporated some search and recovery skills they had learnt as another guest had lost their camera on the house reef. Sadly we weren’t able to find it but on this dive and the other night dives we saw Giant Spanish Dancers, Sponge Crabs, Cuttlefish, Octopus, Seahorses, Flatheads – the list goes on!
The final Specialty was the Wreck Specialty where we had some awesome dives on both the Mawali and Kapal Indah wrecks. They both really enjoyed the dive on the Kapal Indah wreck with its beautiful Pygmy Seahorses (they come in Pink, Purple and Yellow) and nudibranches. Safety stopping over some corals in the shallows we spent some time with a gorgeous Pinnate Batfish. They also completed three dives on the Mawali wreck culminating in a penetration dive on Enriched Air – cool!
Again we would like to congratulate them on working so hard and getting everything completed in such a short space of time. It was a pleasure to have you guys to stay!