Having been a repeat customer, and also a repeat student at Two Fish Divers, I again chose TFD for my DMT program. I just finished the first part of the DMT at TFD Lembeh and what a joy it has been! Over the years, I have met and experienced a few different dive managers at TFD resorts.
I do note that the standards and rigour of diver safety and variety of training criterion has consistently remained very high — which I can only attribute to the culture of high expectations from TFD management, both for TFD staff and crew, and also of their students. A major part of being a DM is to assist instructors with new students and also new divers.
The first part of DMT training was a strong focus on water skills – swimming, skin diving and also basic diving skills. Already a certified diver for many many years, it’s certainly a fresh perspective to perform basic diving skills in a systematic, slow and exaggerated demonstration for those who may be new to diving.
Being also a Bahasa speaker, I also had the privilege of assisting an Advanced Open Water course in navigation, helping to teach basic compass navigation in Bahasa Indonesia. I was also able to help the local crew to refine their boat and dive briefings in English.
That was definitely one of the most rewarding parts of the DMT journey, watching people “up their game”. The DMT program at TFD is rigorous and the instructors at Lembeh, Rachel and Gregor are passionate about diving, which shows in their teaching.
Their expectations of students are rightfully high and they exhibit incredible patience with their students to ensure those high and rigorous standards are maintained. The single life-changing experience of TFD Lembeh DMT phase was removing “I can’t” from my vocabulary.
The diving in Lembeh is superb as well! It is definitely a place for the strange and weird. There are some freakish looking creatures in Lembeh straits that one never imagined. First was the Bobbitt Worm, named after Lorena Bobbitt. Then there was the Stargazer, another creature that would not be out-of-place in a sci-fi movie.Pygmy Seahorses are so very adorable as well.
Nudibranches, pipefish, frogfish, shrimps and crabs are consistent features of any Lembeh dive. The frogfish ranks high on my fascination list — a plethora of critter species are available in Lembeh. There is the Hairy frogfish, the Clown frogfish, the Painted frogfish, the Giant frogfish.
The list goes on. My favorite frogfish experiences in Lembeh was when I saw then “swim” (aka waddle). These creatures are short and stocky, usually sitting very still – a fantastic unmoving model for macro photographers. To be able to watch these delightful creatures move was a rare experience that I encountered TWICE in my time at Lembeh.
Whilst Lembeh is known for its muck diving, there are also wonderful coral walls and also a wreck in its famed waters. The Mawali wreck in about  minutes away from TFD. It’s a Japanese freighter ship that sunk in World War Two and many creatures call it home – Lionfish, Scorpionfish, and lots of critters! The corals of Makawide also featured a healthy system with abundant marine life. We encountered flamboyant cuttlefish, mantis shrimp, harlequin juvenile sweetlips and also octopus in the sloping coral reefs.
I am certainly looking forward eagerly to continuing my second part of DMT program at TFD Bunaken, where there will be practical workshops and more customer / student interactions in the clear waters of Bunaken, one of the best dive sites in the world.
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