Divemaster Training: Specialties

Me, Aoibheann, and Lucy searching for Molas!

Me, Aoibheann, and Lucy searching for Molas!

Well it’s been another busy week at Blue Season Bali!  This week I knocked out 3 more specialties, including Project AWARE, Coral Reef Conservation, and the brand new Mola Mola Diver specialty created by our very own Stefan Schneider.  Let me fill you in on what these are all about.

First I learned all about Mola Molas, also known as the Oceanic Sunfish.  First, let me give you an idea of what a Mola Mola is.  These guys are huge!  They weigh around 2,000 lbs and can be up to 10 feet tall.  If you look at a Mola Mola straight on all you would really see is a thin line of a body with a large dorsal and anal fin.  But when they turn to the side they are gigantic!   They are quite funny looking and never close their large mouths.  Nusa Penida is one of the few places in the world where you can see them regularly.  They come up from the depths of the ocean to be cleaned and can be seen around 20 meters.  During this specialty we learned about the anatomy of the mola mola, it’s behavior patterns, and how to approach them in the wild.  I am excited to apply these new skills when I see one of these guys in real life!

Next we moved on to the Project AWARE and Coral Reef Conservation specialties.  We are really lucky because Blue Season Bali has their own marine biologist on staff, the extremely talented Niels Rijneveld.  But really, Niels is awesome.  Not only does he have ridiculous amounts of knowledge to share but he can make classroom learning fun.  I now know more about coral than I ever thought I would know, and it’s cool to be out in the ocean and have a more in depth understanding of one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth.

This week I am trying to finish up my divemaster studies.  Check back soon to see how it’s going!  Peace :)

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