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


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