It's a pretty good life
Trip Start Feb 18, 2010
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Over the next 5 days and nights we relax and read between "school". Days start to blur together as Jamie teaches us all the basic things we need to know about scuba diving through videos, books, and confined water dives. These confined water dives are supposed to be in a pool, but since there is no real pool here, we are doing it in the "shallows" of the housereef. Just in the "pool" there are big fat blue starfish, lionfish, puffers, nudibranches, and clownfish hiding in sea anenomes. It is very peaceful below the surface of the water where everything moves just a little bit slower. Unfortunately after the first 4 confined water dives, Jons sinuses become congested and he is unable to go underwater because it is impossible for him to equalize (pinching the nose and gently blowing air through the ears) the pressure in his head. We finish the lessons together and I go on to do the open-water dives with Jamie. I am now a certified open water Scuba diver and Jon has a referral for the work he has already completed and as soon as hes cleared up and does his dives, he will be certified too!
We go on walks and collect beautiful shells from the beach. The sand is actually very coarse ground-up coral with some patches of jet black stone-sand splashed about. We watch the fisherman pull ropes around the surface from their boats to scare fish into the nets, then jump in and out of the water from their bangkas, all the while splashing and hollering to get those fish. Its an amazing process that I guess is tried and true.
Hermit crabs of all shells and sizes roam around the beach, (and kitchen and dive area) all day and night long.. Small house lizards walk on the walls and ceilings catching bugs. The geckos make their very audible "geck-o, geck-o" sound. The spiders build their webs everywhere and wait patiently.
Everyone seems to have a pretty good life here.