Day 2 was rough.
Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
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We each had to demonstrate rescuing a non-breathing diver from the bottom of the ocean, pull him to the surface, give them rescue breaths while taking off both our equipment and swimming toward the boat. Even though I just passed the Rescue course, doing it again with Alex whose body was considerably larger and whose dive equipment was significantly different made it VERY challenging.
Lets just say I failed the rescue quite miserably.
I definitely killed Alex today if he were a real unconscious diver :-(
He kept sinking under water and I had a hard time keeping him afloat face up
Then, we were tested on towing a diver for 100m. This was SO much harder than it looked. We had pretty strong current today so swimming with Alex's body was extremely strenuous and I was completely out of breath and strength. I finished in over 8 minutes, which gave me a lowest score of 1 out of 5!
Talk about a crushed confidence today.
After a brief break, we all participated in a clean up of a nearby reef. We all took a bag, dived to the bottom of the ocean and looked for any debris and trash. This was somewhat uplifting, knowing we were making a difference in cleaning up the ocean.
What an exhausting day. I was physically beat by the time we returned to shore at 1pm. I was a walking zombie.
Tomorrow I am rewarded with 2 dives to go see mantas :). Of course, I now must dive with a different focus and mindset. My responsibility now is to make sure the guests are taken care of, dive safely, and are happy with their experience with us.
I am off to bed now. Good night!