DI: 3-4 Practice, Practice, Practice
Trip Start Jan 10, 2013
89Trip End Jun 06, 2013
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Later I was discussing with Laura about my absolute hate of mask clearing and she offered to take me along to the pool with her and her open water student so I could practice. It meant I could actually do it underwater properly with a regulator in so I thought it was probably a good idea. I also took a compass along so I could play with that in preparation for my navigation dive. I kept practicing flooding my mask and clearing it and think I can do that basically fine now. I also decided to practice taking my mask off completely and then putting it back on and clearing it. This is a task I dread more than anything. I actually did the straight pulling it off putting it back on ok but we also did taking it off for 60 seconds and then putting it back on. I started off so well actually exhaling out of my nose when I first took it off but really struggled putting it back on this time, it took me so long to clear it and I have worked out this is for a few reasons
After work I got to move out of the ant infested shit hole that is currently my home, with the bed that even if I move the smallest amount it makes the loudest noise, waking me up about 100 times a night (2 nights of no sleep currently!). I am moving in for the next week and a half with Lee, the divemaster helping out at the shop, and Estiban, who I actually dove with at Deep Blue Diving when I was here last. Laura and Tom helped me move with all my crap, and Tom, bless him, with broken ribs and everything, took my suitcase the whole way. The flat isn't too bad, it's nice but not very good internet and it's not that close. Still anything is better than that hostel. And there's aircon, however when it went off a couple of times in night I woke up absolutely baking! It's so hot here!
I had another day in the shop the next day and had to load the boat up for the divers today
I spent the rest of the day helping in the shop including making my first sale but otherwise spent the rest of the time practicing with the compass. Tom showed me what I would have to do and I felt a bit happier about it, however I'm still not that confident with it. For the navigation dive I'm going to have to learn how to measure distance using kicks and elapsed time, which is the amount of time it takes to cover a known distance. I'm going to have to use natural navigation i.e. plants/rocks/animals etc to navigate, use a compass to do a reciprocal heading from a straight line (180 degree turn) and I'm going to have to make a perfect square with each side being 30 metres....again practice, practice, practice
I finished a bit early today as I'm not having a day off this week and went to the beach. I'm back on plastering myself with factor 50 because the sun is so strong here. It's also boiling, have I mentioned that? I had to walk back to the house after, absolutely starving and went to the supermarket. I had to eat something immediately because I was so hungry. I got home and realised I'd spent $20 dollars on what was basically crisps, biscuits and coca cola. Healthy! I decided to spend a bit of time trying to practice having my nose underwater without feeling like I'm going to die, every little bit of practice helps! I've been living off nachos for dinner the last few days because i've just been too tired to cook, I think the sun is seriously draining me. Luckily for me tonight Estiban has decided to cook something Costa Rican for me as a welcome to his home. Latin people are so nice, someone gave me a lift to work this morning too :)
Wish me luck for my dives tomorrow!