My name is Kate and I am well on my way to becoming a divemaster! I showed up in Gili Air about a week ago. After a few long days of traveling, I was greeted with smiles and coffee by the wonderful crew at Two Fish Divers. I didn’t have all of the requirements to start the divemaster program yet so this past week I have finished my advanced open water course, emergency first response, and the rescue diver course. Tomorrow, the real work starts. I have had the privilege of working with a few guys already working on their divemaster certification as well as some recreational divers and the varying crew members. I’ve been extremely lucky with the weather which resulted in fantastic diving all week.
Aside from all of the skills and techniques I have learned, I have seen some fantastic and diverse wildlife. The captains and crew have given me quite the variety when it comes to dive sites which provided the opportunity to see all sorts of creatures! On my third day of diving, Meg and I were extremely fortunate as we got to see a manta ray! Upon showing up at the dive site, another boat was making quite the fuss about something being in the water. Once we realized they weren’t messing with us, we geared up and jumped in. We quickly developed a new technique we like to call “scuba snorkeling” and hauled butt over to the shallows. We were lucky enough to see the manta ray dance around us twice ever so gracefully as we screamed through our snorkels. The rest of the dive was quite a bit more relaxed, but beautiful, nonetheless. It has been a hard week of work but with this crew and this beautiful island, its hard not to love it!