The ocean has been great for diving this past week. I had the opportunity to go twice. Once on Thursday for the rescue dive class and the other on Friday just for fun with a few of my diving friends. We took our own boat out on Friday with 5 of us divers aboard. It was a perfect day. Flat ocean, low current and super visibility.
I began scuba just this year. I was hooked after my first time. I developed a real rapport with my dive buddy, Dirk, in the open water course. We took the advanced open water together and just finished the rescue diver course yesterday. Dirk and I stayed with the same instructor, Catalina Aponte through all 3 courses. Dirk and I were terribly spoiled as we were usually the only students, but we received great instruction and one on one attention. We learned a lot and laughed a lot, laughing at times at the language barriers that occurr when you have a Colombian instructor teaching in English to an American and a Dutch. All in all it was a great life changing experience. It saddens me that Catalina heads back to Colombia this Tuesday and Dirk leaves for Holland in 2 weeks. I will miss them both, but will never forget them and our experiences we shared diving and becoming friends.
I have become enthralled with ocean life. I have a creature list, a coral list and a dive log. My newest addition to the creature list is the green moray eel....so ugly its cute. I spied it first and grabbed my tank banger to get the attention of the others. I am backing up some at this point because out little friend is slithering out of the crevice he was floating peacefully in. I sucked more air than I really needed to but my heart rate elevated some and I admit he was a bit scary. My friend Don had my camera.
Catalina said it best about Fridays' diving. It was perfect (don't forget the Colombian accent!)