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Cavern Diving Speciality

I took another step in my diving education this week.  I was lucky enough to be enrolled in a cavern diving course with the very talented Tom West.  Juliette, Aoibheann, Lucy (other DMT’s) and I spent 3 days improving our diving skills and learning how to penetrate caverns.  This course was really interesting because it forced me to take a long hard look at my diving skills.  When entering overhead environments it is very important to be streamlined so that you don’t disturb the bottom.  Tom is like a diving god.  I was amazed at the amount of information he was able to teach us in just 3 days.   I can’t even imagine how much you would learn doing tech with this guy!  Going into the cavern was unreal.  It feels so small when you are in an inclosed space, but also calm.

Cavern Dive!

Setting up our equipment for our first cavern dive.

Mystery Rocks

Entering the water for our first cavern dive at Mystery Rocks.

As luck would have it we had perfect conditions at Crystal Bay a couple of days after finishing our cavern course.  What does that mean?  We got to go inside the bat cave (I guess it should be called bat cavern)!!!  Most of the time it is not safe to go inside because of the current and waves, but on this particular day conditions couldn’t have been better.  We swam upp through a swim through that started at about 14 meters.  When you get to the top you surface inside a cave that is filled with bats!  Light streams in from a hole leading outside.  Pure beauty!

Inside the Bat Cave!

Inside the Bat Cave!

Exiting the Bat Cave.

Exiting the Bat Cave.

Divemaster Training: Mapping

Mapping Seraya

Working on a map of Seraya.

Today I worked on my mapping project for my divemaster training.  Juliette (another intern from New Jersey) and I worked together to map out a dive sight called Seraya.  Seraya is a muck diving site and is known for macro including lots of nudibranch, shrimp, crabs, and the occasional frog fish!  We spent a total of 4 dives writing down landmarks, distances, topography, sites of interest, marine life, depths, and other information about the dive site that would be helpful to someone who is diving there for the first time.    It was cool to take a closer look at the site while thinking about what types of information other divers would find useful.  I also enjoyed navigating the site by myself, it gave me a chance to apply the navigation skills I have been learning.

 

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