My two favourite parts of the course are buoyancy control and guiding. Actually, you cannot be a good guide without excellent buoyancy control, so the two go hand in hand. I want to become a good guide, as I enjoy leading a group of divers a lot! Making people happy with a great and safe dive experience give me satisfaction.
The big plus of Bali are definitely the spectacular dive sites! Even after visiting a dive site for the fifth time, I do not get bored of it. There is always more to explore, a little creature you have overlooked so far or a shift in water conditions, which changes the experience of a dive completely.
We have been to Sanur, Amed, Tulamben and Nusa Penida so far. The dive sites around Nusa Penida are my absolute favourites! After a 45 minutes boat ride, you reach Manta Point, a manta cleaning station at very shallow depth. Manta rays visit the cleaning station all year round, so the chances to see them are quite high. Even if you do not find these gentle giants: the sight of a Green Sea Turtle or . . . a Mola Mola, may surprise you! Crystal Bay, another dive site around Nusa Penida, is the best location for Mola Molas.
Even if you ae not blessed with big stuff on your dive in Bali, there is always a cute little Nudibranch awaiting your attention!
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Our first two days (and nights), we spent on the “Markisa”, a lovely wooden vessel operated by Abyss World Indonesia. Our hosts Dan Stilwell and Claudine Daigneault did not hesitate to fulfil all our wishes and teach us a lot at the same time! They run an amazing innovative boat operation, combining diving with Balinese culture. No matter if on land or underwater, there is always something to explore with Abyss World.
The Markisa took us from Permuteran to The Menjangan, an eco-resort situated in the heart of the Menjangan National Park. This four star resort is absolutely worth a stay! The definite highlight so far. I felt at home and comfortable instantly. Retreating from our busy everyday life and relaxing in a purely natural environment: heaven! Diving, horse riding, massages and celebrating Denny’s 20th birthday were our only obligations.
These four days went by too fast and we all wished we could have stayed longer. Nevertheless, back to reality!
We went to the Dogs Point beach in Sanur and after a few minutes of a boat ride, we arrived on the location where we conducted our training. Water temperature was around 30°C and for the first time I wore only the short Aqua lung wetsuit during the dive. It felt amazing!
We practiced approaching tired as well as panicking diver while keeping an eye contact for the whole time. While carefully assessing them, we had to stay out of their reach and locate their BCD inflator before grabbing them by their tanks. Also, we had to establish positive buoyancy before escorting them to the boat.
Beside master Yoshi, our great instructor, Steph and Simon were assisting with our rescue course assignments. Both of them were super helpful, giving us a lot of extra tips and advices. They were also extremely patient with us polishing our new skills and doing our best to save our “victims”. Thank you, guys, we love you!
Day after we came back to the same spot to finish our rescue training. We had a chance to experience the scenarios Yoshi created for us which were by far my favorite part of the course! He split us in two groups and we had to orientate ourselves under the surface to find a missing diver. As soon as we found the unresponsive diver, played by splendid actor Simon, we had to make sure to ascent with him safely to the surface, initiate rescue breaths and evacuate him ASAP. That was a bit stressful part of the course but also very useful in our further training. I surely look forward to the new assignments waiting for us on the Dive Master Course! Bring it on!
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