It is now 6 weeks into my internship and I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by. I have 6 more weeks to go and a handful of things left on the docket. I have now passed the Deep Diver specialty course as well as the Rescue Diver portion. I found both courses to be very informative. The deep specialty took me 43 meters (143 feet) under the sea. You can feel the weight of the world on you from down there….literally. No time to waste at that depth as your air goes considerably fast. As for the rescue course, a lot to learn in the water on how to deal with both panicked divers and unresponsive divers. The techniques on how to be most effective in these situations were eye opening. Dan and Carly have demonstrated their dedication to my learning and development. Poor Carly had to play panicked and dead for half a day. I am glad she is such a good sport about getting in the water to help me learn.
I am officially now working on the actual dive master skills and literature. I have completed my reading and theory portion as well as a few of the practical tasks. I have a lot to go in the next 6 weeks, but each week is another progression. I have even considered looking for jobs around the world using my dive master certification. My initial intent was not to use the certification just yet, but the more I am in the water, the more I don’t want to get out! I also had no initial intention of becoming an instructor, but I now foresee that in my near future. This internship has been a great eye opener on the possibilities diving has to offer no matter what continent you are on. As much as I love to travel and swim with the fish, I may have found a great niche for me.
This week has been the beginning of Carnival here on the island. I have the weekend off and will be heading up to Santa Cruz to enjoy the festivities. I am excited to see all the costumes and dances. After this weekend I will be buckling back down for a mapping project with Carly and a couple more specialty courses. Stay salty my friend, until next time!