DM Internship blog – Alvaro week 6

Hi Divers!!

Another week and the penultimate before the Christmas holidays.

This week we had a dive on Monday to burn the dinner of the night before. Tara and myself went to dive to “El Puertito”, where again we spotted the majestic Butterfly Ray, who was fast asleep, fully camouflaged, and barely looked  silhouette and eyes when he woke up, but did not move, Spotted by Sven. We also saw several cuttlefish, an Octopus and Jose with a desire to play. We then went to Marazul Arch, where in the cave we found an Angel Shark in 26-27 meters. Tara let me lead these two dives.  The first one I had no problems, perhaps I need to learn where to stop for customers, better adjust the speed of dive, but overall Tara congratulated me. In the second, well let’s say I have had better days… because I made a  mistake with the orientation, Tara had to correct me, but luckily she was with me and divers enjoyed both dives, due to different air consumption I took one diver to the exit point, while Tara went to the Blowhole with the other diver who was better on air. I have to say that after the dive I was pretty disgusted with myself, but seeing how much the customer enjoyed it and that both congratulated me it gave me a lot of moral, they certainly didn´t realize how important it was. It’s all part of the learning curve.

Later in the week, a little carpentry and painting work to continue giving a facelift to the center, slowly improving things, this time was the classroom, totally remodelled, painted and with new furniture (desk, kitchen, shelves), It was a pleasant job since Tara delighted us with a nicely spicy Pizza (Dan and I had to drink at least 2 litres of water each after the pizza) when we were still painting at midnight!!.

A Snorkelling trip to burn the pizza the following day. We were lucky to spot a banquet that a Fang tooth moray had in El Puertito in front of my eyes. From Wednesday to Friday my first full Open Water course, helping in the pool and after leading all dives except first one. Noted that in the first of the dives, our beloved turtle Jose came to us for help, because in his left fin had a fishing hook stuck, despite trying several times, we were not able to take it off.

At the end we calld the rescue centre, who informed us that they could not do anything unless we took the turtle out of the water, took him to the dive centre, and once there, we call them for them to come, being an 1 hour drive , so that Jose would have to be at least three hours out of the water, which meant, highly stressed turtle, and tourists would look at us carrying a turtle out of the water without knowing anything etc … We decided to go back and have a look without removing him  out from the water, try to take off the hook, or…who knows. I think Jose smelled what to expect and decided not to appear. (Julio and Juan did). The next day we returned, and to our surprise, the hook was gone, so we avoided the ordeal. (Rescue centre workers exonerated because I guess it is the protocol to be followed, but it seemed a lot of stress for the turtle just to remove a hook from an animal, but anyway …).

Course ended with excellent results for our new diver Eetu. A couple of dives on Saturday, in Turtle sites (El Puertito and Alcalá), and for the first time since I arrived in Callao Salvaje, we did not see even 1 turtle !!! Visibility was pretty bad, so maybe one passed by, that we couldn’t see.

To finish the week, Dan and Adrian took me to Radazul to make two more skills as Divemaster. First, I experienced first Twinset use, Dan left me his old one and adjusted it for me the previous day, bringing two bottles and reaching my milestone of 42.2 meters (maximum until today), where we were playing with an egg (yes, how hitting it and seeing how when it was opened did not break, even let us take a little game of tennis). Going to this point we pass through a memorial for a diver lost in a cave 12 meters deeper than us, 19 years ago. The diver was trying to dive where no-one else had gone before. Probably he got there but he wasn’t found ever).

Finally, as Dan and Adrian wanted to go see the pyramid on the right wall in Radazul, we used it for the Search and Recovery exercise. I had to find an object previously hidden by Dan and using a lift bag, and knots previously taught to carry it to the surface. On this dive we found a majestic Dentex (close to 1 meter I would say), a big grouper, a large group of barracudas, one cylinder anemone dancing with the current and a few anemones .

That’s all for now, next week I will write my last blog before the Christmas break, where it seems that although the centre is closed, work is still continuing  for dives and courses pre-booked for these days.

Have fun and keep diving!!

Alvaro

Divemaster Internship blog – Alvaro week 5

It’s my Fifth week already with Paradise Divers, with many dives and evolving more and more each day.

For starters, I fully guided a Discover Scuba Diving program, and I think it went pretty well, in the pool and diving in El Puertito with the turtles, the student was very comfortable all the time, so certainly good experience.

On Tuesday we dived in Las Eras and Abades. We had 3 divers with different abilities. Tara took charge over Charlotte and Graham, while Adrian led Danny and I was behind checking that everything was ok.

Without realizing it I’m knowing better each site, looking much less the compass, I know better where I’m at almost every time, and I think I have more confidence diving to take responsibility if necessary.

The next day was undoubtedly the day with the most rays since I’ve been here, up to 5 different ones we saw in Marazul Arch, one of those the biggest I’ve seen (and another one even touching Tara, I thought he wanted to kiss her or something … while she was thinking had something tangling, it was a Ray!! but we will never know why it went for her head), and then in  Cueva de Los Cerebros, where a customer experienced  a little sense of insecurity in the dark and was a little apprehensive, but with great judgement decided when you are not sure to do something underwater, do not take unnecessary risks, and maybe  this time we didn’t use to go deeper inside the cave (but still saw 4 rays) and it gave us the opportunity to see an Angel Shark on the way back. It looks like they are waiting to meet us these last dives, while in many other sites they are endangered.

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Next day, leading the first dive to the wreck of “El Ratón” finding again the great group of barracudas, a pair of octopuses, and then going to Radazul, my first experience where I’ll have my deep dive later in the Divemaster Internship, reaching for now “only” 30 metres (the truth is that I have not experienced any Narcosis yet in any dive, and honestly I have some curiosity to feel it possibly will happen when we get Radazul with Twinset to go to 40 meters, so I’ll tell you if that happens, which it would mean I’ll be alive, sure Dan will have some surprise prepared to me as always).

Charlotte and Graham decided they wouldn’t find anything better than to dive again with us before returning to UK. So joined again by Danny and Robert from Poland we all went to Yellow Mountain and Punta Prieta (my first experience there too), seeing a relatively large grouper, cylinder Anemones, and much more life, they said goodbye as best they could, more diving than expected, and keep improving every day (next step will be your Advanced Course).

The week end with dives in Marazul Arch and El Puertito, with two clients , and again the presence of an Angel Shark (first time seen in Marazul), two octopuses, several cuttlefishes and limited presence of turtles this time, although as always, do not fail to keep their appointment with Paradise Divers.DSCF2507

To end the working week, ending the Rescue Course with Adrian as a volunteer, with a couple of moments of doubt on my part, and ending not tired, the next, after tow several times and fatigue cumulative after another fabulous week diving, but from now I can say that I also have Rescue certification.

So far a new week with several milestones (on Friday I did my first month, and also the dive number 60 as a PADI member), and finishing with a dinner with coworkers and family concerned, being as always, great company and entertaining night.

See you next week!!

Alvaro

 

Divemaster Internship blog – Alvaro week 4

Hi everyone again.
This has been the first week without Gabor in the dive center. Another week leaves us without realizing it, and soon I’ll have my first month in Tenerife. This week we did just a few dives, partly because of the weather wasn’t good at all (even the boss Tara had the flu due to so many climate changes, and is still recovering herself slowly) but nevertheless we hadn’t less work in the dive center. There has been time for everything, and so many new things.DSCF2278
We had several Discover Scuba Diving, and I began to give lectures to students by myself, one in English and one in Spanish fully taught by me, the English one with a guy who had a really bad experience some time ago and was scared to try again, but I’m glad he left so happy and thanking us a lot after 1 ½ hDSCF2227ours in the pool. He’ll be ready to keep learning in the future. We had two dives in El Puertito, the first one, with Jose and Julio sooo friendly, even hungry I would say, after so many days of bad weather, no divers around them, they would miss us I guess. In one of the Dive Try we found a Butterfly Ray of about 2 meters, even Gabor (who came to DSCF2311dive with his girlfriend and her brother) touched it unwittingly due to its camouflage on the sand.
The days of bad weather we had jobs in the dive center, order, cleanliness, and Dan teaching me to service regulators. Oh my god!! Disassemble, clean everything, acid here, antiacid there, now washing, change this piece, now everything perfectly dry and reassemble it piece by piece (a real puzzle, and surprisingly no part was lost), introduce myself in the infinite world of O-Rings (used for absolutely everything! And there are some O-ring even in the most unexpected places), then assemble it all, Dan testing everything, checking everything works perfectly, calibrate, test them in the water to confirm that everything is perfectly assembled. This really would not be part of a Divemaster internship, but I find it super useful, both as a general knowledge of the world of diving, and to better understand how everything works inside, the importance of maintaining all equipment, having them serviced and reasons make them fail (sand, salt, threaded that are lost, etc).DSCF2446
Finally to end the week, we have two groups of certified divers who will dive with us several days. Graham and Charlotte (they did their Open Water Divers with Paradise Divers earlier this year and enjoyed it so much they returned just to dive) and 3 guys more popping up, 2 Advanced Open Water, and a friend of them for a Discover Scuba Diving.
On Sunday we had dives on Marazul Pinnacle (not sure if you remember but is the dive Gabor and me made for our Mapping Project), and in which Graham had to give up because he felt a little sick during the dive, and I ended up leading with the remaining 3 divers. Then to finish the Sunday we went to El Porís (my first time there), a shallow dive, where we saw an Angel Shark quite large (my first time with them too).
So far my fourth blog.
I hope next one comes with many more experiences and things I’ll tell you next week