Yesterday was my last day with Paradise Divers, and what a day it was! I didn’t dive since I had to fly first things this morning, but Armande and I guided snorkelers and I did my final Divemaster task in the renovated pool: a Scuba Review! It may sound like a small thing, but watching Dan sign off on my paperwork really put a smile on my face.
I have to thank the marine life for an amazing last day in Tenerife. That snorkel trip was probably the best one I’ve ever been on. The water was so clear we could see down to the sand at 23 meters. The famous sea creatures of Escalera de Palm Mar put on an excellent last show, with an Atlantic ray, bull ray, and green sea turtle swimming in majestic circles under us. In between snorkeling sites, the dolphins (not to be out-competed) came jumping around nearby. I grabbed my mask, slid off the boat, and was able to watch them under the water for a few breathtaking seconds before they swam off again. I’m still savoring that!
Now that it’s over, I have nothing but appreciation for the time and effort Carly and Dan put forth to develop my skills and turn me into a PADI Divemaster (There might have been one or two exercises that I didn’t appreciate them for in the moment 😉). After two solid months of challenges, mistakes, and triumphs, I can confidently say that I am able to lead in and out of the water, and most importantly, help keep my fellow divers safe.
I could see myself working with the Paradise Divers team for longer than these two months, but unfortunately my time is up! It wasn’t easy saying goodbye, not knowing when I’ll see these new friends again, but I can’t stay too sad, since my next adventures are taking me back to Costa Rica! With any luck, I’ll be taking my new dive skills into warmer waters in the next month or two! I’m not sad about ditching the 5mm+ wetsuits, that’s for sure.
I’ve had some really magical experiences in Tenerife, and I already feel the pull that will bring me back.
Be forewarned, prospective Divemaster interns: after you finish this, you will just want more. I’m already thinking about future equipment, specialties, and other places to dive, along with how to meet up with my diving buddies around the world! If diving wasn’t a lifestyle before, it is now!