We are starting a new series of regular blogs from our DM Interns. The first is from Lewis, he is taking our 6-week Eco-Dm Internship in Bunaken & Lembeh.
Well, where to begin??
Arrived on Lembeh to be welcomed by the friendly dogs that roam the resort, keeping guard and always looking for food.
Followed by one of the many good meals that they have here…really enjoyed the dinners, especially KFC night haha!
Had my first few days of fun diving with Matt to show me around and get acquainted with the totally different type of diving that Lembeh is known for, muck diving. It took me a while to get used to the difference but it is really fun, swimming around looking for the weird and wonderful critters that roam the Lembeh strait! On my first 2 dives, I saw most of the things that people come here to see, Ambon scorpion fish, Lembeh sea dragon, pygmy sea horse, ornate ghost pipefish, robust ghost pipefish and many many others!
Then it was time for the course to begin! With some search and recovery, organising dive cleans and surveying the coral on the house reef.
The most enjoyable thing that I have done with my time in Lembeh is building the artificial reef on the house reef! It came with a few problems and challenges but nothing that me and a pumpkin couldn’t work out and move past. A little mapping of the area then planning where the structures were to go, or building new structures. Moved things about and had fun playing with the massive liftbags that we got brought over from Bunaken to get the job done!
One word of advice for anyone who needs a visa extension though, is to take on of the two fish staff with you to help with translation and to stop you getting very angry at the immigration staff!! Was not the most enjoyable trip to manado that I had but pizza hut worked wonders
Our two candidates, James and Jin have just finished their IDC. After 10 days of hard work they finally finished!!First IDC of the year in Bunaken!!
Brendond and Tina organized a proper graduation party!!With few games and lots of drinking!!
Jin didn’t have time for DM party when he finished because he join the IDC straight away so we make all in one!!
First of all, just to warm up, Jin and James did their snorkel test with minor spitting. Great job!! After Jin demonstrated how to remove and replace a BCD. He is going to be a instructor so the standards are high!! Of course as a penalty for any mistake he had to drink.
To finish Jin sang a song which is part of Brendon’s Shark Guardian presentation.
He did have lots of fun, we hope that Jin and James also….
Jin left yesterday after almost one month with us, we wish the best of the luck on his diving career!![slideshow]
We have currently running our first IDC of the year.
Jin who just finished his Divemaster Course with us, is going to go one step forward!
Right now Jin are James are doing his INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE in Two Fish Bunaken!! Tina and Brendon are teaching the PADI standards to be a proper instructors. In few weeks they are going to be ready to share the amazing underwater life with others, teaching PADI Open Water Diver Course, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course, PADI Rescue Diver Course and PADI Divemaster Course.[slideshow]
Yesterday we certified as a Junior Advanced Open Water divers to Balam and Roby (14 and 12 years old)
They choose underwater photography specialty and this are some of their best pictures!!
TODAY WE WANT TO SAY CONGRATS TO CAROLINE, CRAIG AND JEAN FOR THEIR NITROX SPECIALITY CERTIFICATION.
What are the Benefits of Nitrox?
In scuba diving, “nitrox” refers to a breathing gas with a higher percentage of oxygen and a lower percentage of nitrogen than normal air. Tanks filled with nitrox must bear a clear label that reads “Enriched Air Nitrox.” Nitrox provides several benefits for divers.
The unsafe absorption of nitrogen into the body’s tissues limits dive times with normal air. Because nitrox contains a lower percentage of nitrogen, your body absorbs less of this gas during a dive, meaning that you can stay underwater for longer. Nitrox does not allow for unlimited dive time, however. You must follow standard dive time and decompression tables specific to nitrox diving.