Now officially advanced..

Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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cross creek dive centre

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I'm now certified as an advanced diver, in reality far from being an expert, I'm still a novice but just less likely to panic and do damage under the water than a beginer. The course takes only 3 days and includes a night, a wreck, navigational, drift and a 30metre deep dive.. I learnt a whole lot on this course and I'm a hundred times more confident in the water now.. If anyone's coming to Utila try and find my instructor, Warren, who's working at the Cross Creek dive centre, he is patient, friendly and a good laugh too.

The locals that were born here on Utila still have the Cornwall accent of the British pirates of 250 years ago, its similar to bajan but instead of being sweet to the ears it's pretty annoying.. the white ones look like scoundrel pirates too.. and apart from diving or drinking there's sweet FA to do on this island, I was thinking of taking a kayak out to the lagoon to do some exploring, till I find out the foul whiffs I been catching every now and then is the large septic tank which also doubles as the lagoon.. but to be fair they are nearly finished repiping the whole islands sewage to an apparent treatment plant somewhere, so maybe in a couple of months it will be sorted.

Included in the course are two fun dives, one of them I chose to take at night, I am amazed with the phosphuresents in the sea.. It was great fun to cover the torchlight and wave my hand around to disturb the microbes for them to light up.. During the end of the dive I swam through some amazing looking things called 'strings of pearls' that are bobs of phosphuressents that hang down verticaly in a line.. really weird.

I done a couple more dives during the day and as whilst waiting for a couple of others to come back I thought have a quick snorkelI, scratch my name into the algae on under the boat and take some photos of the fish.. As I went under to photograph my name I saw the screen to my apparent waterproof camera was going crazy with many horizontal lines, I knew straight away the seal had failed and came out to dry it off.. This camera was bought as a replacement to my previous pentax w30 that also leaked when I went into the sea in Jamaica.. So now pentax owe me two cameras and as they won't send them out to an address out of the USA it looks like I'm just going to lose out on it again.. When I get to the nearest big mall I'll check out some normal cameras and maybe some high zooming Canon or something.. I would have liked to get the waterproof olympus one but read online it doesn't take SD cards, which I'm now trapped to after investing on a few 2gb cards..

The island reminds me of koh phi phi alot, its nice but its time to move on.. I was reading alot into the Miskito region but my have to do that in a better season and probably lined up on the Kingston Truilljo cargo boat early next year.. For now its off to copan
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