92-93: Two very long days and my official guide
Trip Start Jan 10, 2013
89Trip End Jun 06, 2013
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Typically the day I HAVE to dive I actually feel worse then the other days. Deep joy. So I was not really a happy bunny this morning to be honest. Either way I was on the boat and getting ready to dive oh and I'm going to be navigating today. Super happy. By some sheer miracle I managed to get down at Estudientes extremely congested. Thankfully it's around 6m and a bit above for the most part so I think that probably helped when I was descending.
Maarten is doing his tec diving instructor course so Carlos also came along to act as a student whilst Martin assessed Maarten. I helped out by pretending to be an assistant but I didn't really have to do much to be honest. We had eventually gone out to what I would call 'no mans land'. This is basically the area outside of the Estudientes reef that is only sand and some rocks and then some more sand. They finished all their tasks and Martin indicated to me that I then should start navigating. Fooooook. Thank GOD I had taken some compass bearings so I aligned myself in what I thought was the right direction and basically prayed. We'd been swimming for a while and all I had seen was a little octopus in a hole to point out to my divers. I still had not seen the reef but then I saw this dark dark shape in front of me and it was the god damn reef! YES! I was so freaking happy. Then a few sharks just rocked up to help me out to making it what would technically be an awesome dive if I had real divers with me. I totally felt stupid asking all of them for air as they all had like two tanks and therefore PLENTY of air, but I thought I would probably be told off for not checking it! As I was continuing to navigate round the reef I saw a load of shells together and thought, 'that totally looks like an octopus garden' (which they create around their homes, totally cute), and it was! So that's two octopuses and sharks. Boom. Then I found the anchor line for the boat so I totally rocked that guide.
For the next dive Julian, Zack and Jade joined us. I was meant to be guiding Carlos down on the line as if he were a DSD but I could not get down this time. My ears were being an absolute bitch and it took me forever to get down. When I finally did Martin swore at me, thanks mate! After they'd done there tec stuff we did a DSD workshop. As always we started with me and so I just led them the way I've seen every other DSD being led by an instructor. So I was in front and they were behind so I could guide them. Apparently this wasn't correct and I should actually be above them guiding. This was actually kind of difficult to show them where to go and Julian and Jade kept splitting up and no matter how many times I told them to stay together they just ignored me, which they hadn't been told to do. It was extremely frustrating! Because of all this palava I ended up going a metre deeper than I should have (shouldn't go over 12m). It was all a bit ridiculous to be honest and then everyone else was bound to be better because they had just been shown what not to do haha. When Zack was doing his guiding, which he did excellently on by the way, we ended up in the shark channel and realised everyone else had vanished! So we decided to just go and check out where the sharks were and then I guided everyone back to the mooring line. We did a safety stop on the line and Zack and I did our standard gangnam style safety stop and Julian decided it would be funny to pull my mask off. This wouldn't have been to bad usually but obviously I am ridiculously congested right now so to clear it I basically snotted everywhere! Attractive.
After the dives we went back to the shop and debriefed on the dives and went through what I still had to do to finish my dive masters, which is actually a lot still! While we were doing this we went over my scores that the other instructors had given me for previous dive master requirements. Because Carlos hadn't signed mine Martin said it didn't count and screwed it up and then threw it in the bin. To be fair this kind of pissed me off. My scores for helping on that open water were really good not because Carlos was being easy on me but because I earned those scores. Standardly this was just Martin trying to wind me up because the next day he'd taken it out of the trash and written 'LOVE YOU' on it. Bastard.
After work I had to go and collect my suitcase from the girl who owns a shop in Coco's. My suitcase is seriously screwed and will not survive and airport let alone three weeks in central and south america. It has one wheel for a start. I was only planning on staying for a bit but ended up staying for a few hours chatting with her and her husband. They're really cool people!
When I got back I helped Taylor run through her presentations for tomorrow and we went through all the demonstrations that we'd be doing in the pool. Back on the open water demonstrations tomorrow, I'm meant to be doing my swims for my dive master too so I'll be able to tick something off tomorrow!
Back in the pool today for Taylor's IDC and for me, Zack and Julian to finish off some DMT stuff. I'm only going to be doing 3 or 4 skills as I've done the rest and I just need to get a 5 in something and also re-do my deep water entry skill as if you may remember I cleverly did not inflate my BCD on the previous attempt! Everything went fairly well, I ended up doing the buddy check as well but I got in trouble because I didn't realise that Taylor's weight belt wasn't right hand release. It's not exactly like you need a lock and key to remove it though.
Martin has decided that the skill I am going to get a 5 in is mask replacement and removal. Joyous. Now I'm way better at removing my mask now but it's not like I enjoy doing it. It's a good thing I suppose though as I'm clearly going to have to do it a few times to get from a 3 to a 5! It didn't go completely successfully though and I knew I hadn't got a 5, dammit! I was meant to be doing my swims after all of this but Laura, who was going to be watching me do them, also had to do all of her skills for her staff instructor. This meant after doing my 3 skills I was literally sat on the bottom of the pool doing nothing for like an hour or more. We ended up finishing super late whilst everyone did their skills and by the time we finished back at Rich Coast it was 5pm. We'd had no lunch during that so we'd been going from 9-4 at the pool and I had achieved nothing towards finishing my dive master with THREE days to go. To say I was not happy was a bit of an understatement and I kind of felt like I'd just wasted a whole day and not got anything out of it. So I now have even more to do in the three remaining days. Going to be a squish!
Afterwards I definitely needed a drink so headed out with Martin and Taylor for a few. Today has definitely been a LONG day!