Divemaster Internship Blog – Week 3 & 4

First, sorry for skipping the 3rd week but we were a bit busy at the base and on my day off I was totally off 🙂 So I write the 2 weeks together.

We started to do swimming skills which are requirements in the Divemaster course. Of course there were time limits to meet 🙂

Because normally I go nearly every day to the gym I thought it will be a walk in the park… Hell yeah it wasn’t… I must say that the person who founded the time limits must be an Olympic swimmer…

I could do it in the limit but not the best score. After I finished I was happy even with this J and we still have a couple of skills like this left to do…

I started to read and learn the Divemaster manual. I finished it this Sunday Just gone. It was a lot of interesting things with also new areas and old ones with extended/deeper information.

With the dives I feel always a bit more comfortable with myself. BUT, I still have missing knowledge and still need to recognize more and more the dive sites (how to orientate myself).

We continued to do dives where I have the role of guiding, of course always under the supervision of Tara, Dan or Adrian. The other day we were in Marazul with Adrian, Tara and costumers and I failed right at the beginning… after Adrian gave some guidance I found my way but it was difficult from there on.  I must say after this dive I started to be better and feel better, more comfortable with leading. Yes I still make mistakes, sometimes small ones sometimes idiot ones… On the weekly team meetings Tara or Dan guides me always with what were my mistakes and how to correct them. Sometimes when I hear them I just say to myself: why did I do that? Because I already knew that is not okay… But it is all part of the training and it is – – Practice practice practice and more practice 🙂

I must say I was lucky because my first briefing I had to do I could do it on my mother language (Hungarian). We had one guest from Romania and she could speak Hungarian 🙂

Another day we did one where Tara and Dan were the customers… Oh my god I was totally nervous, sweating and all these things 🙂 it wasn’t perfect but was better than I expected. After we went with Dan to dive Marazul simulating that he is the customer. I felt good this time, I knew where to go and what to do and then as we get to the deep arch… we saw a giant Atlantic Ray!DSCF8226 He was around 2-2.5 meters big. It was incredible apart from I suck out my air quite fast… what a shame 🙁 so we finished the dive sooner than we wanted. I did lead with Tara on other dive sites too. They were better than on the second week and on one day we saw 8 turtles on 2 different sites and one of them was a totally new turtle for that site. Oh and I nearly forgot the Barracuda swimming around the turtles. 🙂

We have dived the Cave, Cueva de los Cerebros a few times now and it looks like we have a new celebrity: a monster lobster 🙂 he is huge!DSCF6667

I started to have problems with staying warm. At the end of this week I got a cold. I think one side is some kind of virus and the other half is because I felt cold under water. On the last ones I started to wear my hooded shorty on top of my normal suit. But personally I don’t like hoods because I can’t hear anything and because of the shorty I feel like a Michlen Man. But I got a good idea from Adrian so I listened to him and I bought a 2,5mm undersuit which goes under my normal suit so I can skip the shorty and hood 🙂

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From Monday it looks like we will have a nice zodiac so we can explore and add new dive sites to our bid. I saw it only on photos but tomorrow also in live and 3D 🙂 I can say next week more about it.

See you next week with new experiences!

 

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