Hooray! Laptop is alive and kickin’ again! Time for another blog!
At the moment I’m the only ‘official’ Divemaster Trainee at Liquid. Jasper left for a while to travel around, only to come back later for his Instructor Development Course. Julia is successfully freelancing around as a PADI Divemaster. In a few days however we’ve got a new Divemaster Trainee! Mike (England) has been here for a little more than a week now, getting his advanced, EFR and rescue diver done before starting his Divemaster Traineeship here.
Since I’ve gone through almost the same courses about two months ago I still remember how I did, how I felt about everything etc. It’s interesting to see it from a different perspective now. I’m seeing some similarities and of course some differences as well. And of course it’s great fun to assist in the rescue diver course! Losing masks, fins and even each other underwater to keep the stress levels going is great for practice. I’m learning from it as well, now that I’m the diver that is faking problems I see how it is if someone tries to help you, what works for me and what doesn’t.
Meanwhile there have been more and more people coming over to Liquid to do their PADI Open Water Course which makes for a bit of a change in the experience levels of most of our current divers. All the diving from the last couple of months paid off in terms of what to expect and some problem-solving skills, although there is much much more to learn of course.
Aside from diving, there has been a significant increase in the use of…beer Jenga! For those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about, beer Jenga is similar to the normal Jenga, but with certain rules on the bricks that you pull out. Most of it has to do with..well…drinking. Recipe for a lot of fun nights and experiences!
As I’ve said before my intended stay was about 6 months or more here. You may have noticed I used ‘was’. I’m enjoying myself tremendously here, but everything has to come to an end. At least, for now that is. In a few weeks I’ll be travelling again for a short while before going home. Although I’m going to miss it here, it feels comforting to have a certain date in mind and getting a bit of a shorter timeframe to do everything in. Laidback as I might be, I still love a little hurrying up in a while, keeps me sharp and focused on the future. What that future may be…we’ll sea! Pun definitely intended!
I’m not gone yet, so more diving, relaxing, doing skills and of course some more blogs to come!