It’s now on my 10th week and time is near the end. I have a handful of skills and such to complete as well as a few of my specialty courses as well. These last few weeks will be crunch time. Mapping project of Punta Maravilla is done. I didn’t think drawing a map was even possible or within my skill set, but it turned out to be not so bad after all.
I’m rounding out 90 dives now and should have surpassed 100 by the end, which was a goal of mine when coming here. Another thing that I am able to check off of on my list. I also played an unresponsive diver this week and that was an eye opening experience. I was no longer in the driver’s seat that I had been in during my rescue course; I was the victim. It was a great experience to know and see how someone else reacts in the same situation. You aren’t “alive” to give them pointers or help them in getting off your gear.
In the past 2 weeks I have noticed significant changes in the ocean. The high winds and rough seas have passed and with it the low visibility. The last couple dives have been calm and visibility has been spectacular to say the least. In doing the wreck, El Condesito, I felt like I could see so many more parts of the ship and could see the ship from a ways back and it was much easier in my mind to reconstruct what the ship looked like previously. El Puertito has never looked so alive since much of the sand has settled out of the water. The amount of fish seems to have tripled there simply because you are able to see more clearly. The clear water also helped me spot an electric ray at Punta Maravilla as well. They have an amazing camouflage and I think I may not have spotted them had the visibility not improved.
As for me personally, I have traded my days off during the week for the month of March to go spend a few days with friends in Munich. I am really looking forward to going as a few of my friends meeting me there I have not seen in 2 years. It will be a great chance to not only see what Bavaria has to offer, but catch up as well. This also means going back to the cold weather. I am pretty far removed from the lower temperatures at this point and presume it will come as a big shock. I have been very spoiled here on the island with fantastic weather all the time. This is truly an ideal place to live and dive all year round.
I am looking forward to finishing up this next couple weeks and be the Divemaster I came here to be. I’ll be excited to attend the next dry dive for my Grand Rapids Scuba Club and report on my time here. I know many have seen the pictures I have posted online, but I haven’t had much chance to catch up with anyone to tell them of my progress and my divealicious adventures.