Divemaster Internship week 9 – Alvaro

Dan gave me good morning with this news that we had been requested by a film company to help with a filming set to happen the following week. This would include boat, rescue diver and all the equipment. I will be underwater (as rescue diver following the cameramen underwater), and we’ll be helping from the boat supporting material as well in “El Porís de Abona”.

 

Starting with more dives this week, still sharing these with the company of Laura who enjoyed the Cave in Abama and the wreck in Tabaiba.

 

Almost everything around the world of diving is fantastic, however diving and walking in the high mountains don’t get along very well. (Like flying after diving) That’s why since I arrived I had not been able to climb the volcano El Teide. I used my day off this week for going up before saying goodbye to Laura after a few fantastic days.

January is a quiet month where most tourists are older people. They usually do not come for diving to Tenerife. However, we have had a few people came to visit us doing 6 dive packages etc.

We received some more good trip advisor reviews, they praise the great information we provide through briefings and knowledge. It’s not the first time  customers who have tried other dives and other dive centres select Paradise Divers due to the briefings, safety and friendliness….

We have also put up the new sign for the centre, getting the boat ready for filming and for future dives (and we’ll have a new 4×4 available at the dive centre next week).

 

I also premiered my new regulator Scubapro  MK2 EVO, R095 which I brought through Paradise Divers and it is very good.

 

Now I see really near the end of the divemaster internship, since almost all skills are finished. Skills left we’ll get finished probably this coming week.

 

It seems that in a couple of weeks Paula is coming to join the staff of Paradise Divers to enjoy her three months of divemaster Internship. We will share some time and experience. I’ll probably feel the same as Gabor (the previous Divemaster Intern) felt when I got to the dive centre around November. I was a little lost without many references, but I’m sure she will be adapt quickly as I did.

Next week I will tell you about the filming and also try to share some pics (still we don’t know what it is, so I cannot give the scoop of the main actor…maybe a famous one, maybe a future movie star…who knows!!)

 

See you soon and thanks for follow my blog

Divemaster Internship Blog – Alvaro week 8

Hi all,

We came back to the water after Christmas without knowing if I would fit in my wetsuit. Finally, and despite Christmas meals, I fitted… (more or less)

At the beginning we had a family booked in for a  snorkeling trip which went very well,  they enjoyed it so much that they asked us to make another snorkeling trip on a different site. (these are the things which are appreciated when working with people, because it brings a big boost of morale knowing that people enjoy it so much).

In the afternoon I made the second part of my Divemaster exam with great results, so I took another step to finish this stage of my life.

For the next day daives in “El Puertito”.  It was a very good dive and the customer asked me to do another dive on the samendive site due to he had enjoyed it a lot. No doubt thanks to the presence of our turtles in “El Puertito” (I hear one of them has joined  Facebook!!) – Jose Turtle Tenerife…

After a day without dives we started an Open Water course.  I took a Spanish girl with little experience and a little frightened because of lack in experience and she had been out of the water along time, but again, despite problems with her mask, ended delighted and showing her joy.

On Friday huge news for me because my girlfriend  told me she was coming for a few days in Tenerife. She came and decided to dive with us (she did her Divemaster last summer). She  joined us in several dives because we had several clients those days. She had the opportunity to enjoy with me some of the dives we do in this Spanish paradise. She met the turtles and deep arch in Marazul. It shows a little temperature drop over Christmas, she also joined me to do snorkeling with a family. After this I went with Dan to finish the Open Water course in one of the most curious dives since I arrived -We were doing a simple dive of OW, this almost became a night dive, meeting  3 turtles together trying to sleep on the sand bed. We spent a few minutes watching them  because is not usual to see them like this.

To end the week I took my day off this week while my girlfriend was here, and  as I’m crazy didn’t give up the water and I went with Laura to watch dolphins and take part on some walks in Acantilado de Los Gigantes finishing with some canary food.

Next week promises thrills and some good things in the dive center will take place

PS: sorry for the delay

Alvaro

Divemaster Internship Blog – Week 7

Hi all,

Sorry for being late with this one, I have now finished my last blog about the experience before the Christmas holidays.

We had for two days straight 5 Advanced Divers, completing a total of 4 dives. Tara and myself guided them, with great results, and feeling more comfortable taking more control of my dives day by day, allowing me to spend much more to guide, finding things to show customers since site orientation in most sites is under control.

Tara and Dan told me something that I had realized already on the last dive, I have to take more control of the dive,  and even if I am leading experienced divers I know the points of interest and hazards so should stick tom my route more.

Two days in a row I led guided dives with turtles in “El Puertito”, the second of which, for the first time without being supervised in the water  by any instructor, I was left on my own with the customer and it was very good (well I already know the sites .. .(but stay alone with the client for the first time made me slightly scared to be honest). The weekend we had a few 3 OWC. Dan said to me also that I have to take more control of students who are not doing the skills while Dan is teaching, start learning tricks to entertain them while they wait. Often with youngsters is just as important that they learn and have fun, they are like sponges learning, but are more nervous underwater and always have to be doing something, by me looking after them while skills are being done allows the Instructor to focus on teaching.

Returning to the Dive center of course I was sent to the pool for a Pool taster. The young Arron enjoyed it very much despite being very scared at the beginning, but he enjoyed it so much he decided to book a dive with his father and we took them to E’ Puertito.

To leave 2014, I did the 1st part of the Divemaster exam with a perfect (100%) and to really finish a night dive in Alcalá !!!

I have to say that the first 20-25 minutes were perfect in all senses, perfectly oriented, exciting, big octopus, many cuttlefish, many fish sleeping (new experiences too), others showing hyperactive behavior, many Sea-hares, the largest turtle sleeping, etc. but on the way back despite still enjoying it I got a bit disorientated, still following Dan all the time so we were ok, but felt like a customer as I was not sure where we were. For me it was an incredible experience I hope to repeat soon.

At Christmas even if the center was closed, the center made many guided dives and courses as we were having many requests (I think it will be the last year Tara and Dan decide to take a break at Christmas hehe)

That’s it for 2014. Shortly I will write my next blog, first week in 2015 where I already see the end of this adventure that began few weeks ago, and I already pass the middle of this internship and it seems like yesterday when I appeared for the first time in the dive center…

I hope you enjoyed your holiday!

Now burn the Christmas excesses, cakes, parties, if not we won’t fit in the suit

Alvaro