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.
The other night, I was sitting with Tina, one of the owners and she asked me, “Georgia, how was your DM course experience?” I said, “Excellent…………. It even MET and exceeded my expectations!” She starting laughing, as I did as well because if you know me (which Tina does) I tend to have VERY high expectations of myself and the things that I do. In life that can be a good thing and a bad thing. It is ok for yourself, but you really can’t put your expectations on other people. But with that said, my experience with my instructors for my DMT were awesome. Dion, Ina, Dom and Luke took the time to make sure I understood what I was learning, guided me in putting it all into practice and made it fun and inspiring to be part of the professional world of diving. Every box was ticked! The only comment I had to Tina was that it is so sad leaving the staff and guides who I bonded with over 5 weeks in Bunaken and that they weren’t able to be at my final party in Lembeh! I am terrible with saying goodbyes and get very attached to people. But as Tina and I continued the conversation, we both agreed that is part of the professional diving world. People move around a lot and you are constantly meeting new great people and then saying goodbye to them. It’s just part of life.
So if you are thinking of getting your DM, do it. Take the time off work, just do it and email Two Fish and set it up. Great people, fun, hard working, efficient, smooth operation in beautiful locations. I want to say a big “KASI”, to EVERYONE (office, dive staff, dive guides, kitchen, operations) at all the locations of Two Fish Divers that made my DM experience wonderful!