For every dive I’m falling more and more in love with diving.
A few days ago I finally did my first night dive which was amazing! I generally feel quite peaceful whenever I’m out fundiving but the night dive took it to a whole new level! I actually expected to be a bit freaked out about the darkness all around (you bring a torch of course but it’s not like it will light up the entire sea..) but it was so relaxing. And with most of the fish being asleep they’re often easier to spot. We saw at least four blue-spotted stingrays which was definitely a new record for me.
It took me and Tristan two more dives to finally be able to finish the mapping project. The first one had such a strong current that we had to give up on mapping anything halfway though the dive and change it to a fundive instead.
But we were getting kind of sick of spending time and energy on the project so when the boat was scheduled to go to our divesite again the other day we decided that this time we would nail it. And we did! So that was one more thing on my list of divemaster duties that I could tick off.
I’ve also done the 800m snorkel swim – twice actually since no one had told us (did it along with Kirsten, Tristan and Tom) we couldn’t use our arms the first time. But despite doing the swim two times within 40 minutes I scored my 5 points and was able to tick one more thing off.
The other morning there was a special treat for us DMTs as we got the oppurtunity to go to the wreck M.V. Trident which is almost never visited. It was just us DMTs, one of the IDC candidates and Chris who’s the course director in charge of the DMT programme.
It’s quite a deep dive as the wreck is from 35m to 28m depth and we were so excited to go down. That excitement lasted until we started our descend and found ourselves in water with a visibility less than 1 meter most of the time. I literally swam straight into the side of the wreck (I’m guessing it was the side but I honestly don’t know) because I couldn’t see it. I went down in a group with Suzy, Tom and Tristan and shortly after reaching the wreck I lost sight of the guys. Suzy and I literally clinged to each other and swam around in the worst conditions I’ve been in. If it wasn’t for the temperature of the water I’d have thought I was in Denmark and not Thailand!
It wasn’t really a fun dive and I think we were all quite disappointed but I’ll have to say that it was an interesting dive. And let’s just not mention how far away from the boat Suzy and I surfaced because we took the wrong bearing on our compass when we headed for Shark Island..
A couple of days ago a whaleshark was spotted at Chumphon Pinnacle. The Buddha View boats didn’t go to Chumphon that day but it had everybody signing up for the morning dive the following morning where the big boat took out around 46 divers who were all hoping to see that elusive whaleshark. We weren’t the only dive company out there that morning.
Chumphon Pinnacle is one of the deeper divesites with depths down to 40m as far as I remember. That morning Tom, Tristan, Manuel and I paid no attention to the coral or rock formations and instead we stayed around 20m depth while keeping our eyes wide open while crossing our fingers hoping that the giant fish would turn up. But sadly it stayed away..