Just got back from the last liveaboard trip as a Divemaster Trainee. IT WAS AWESOME!! We did 3 dives at Richelieu, and I led some fun dives with awesome divers (and sometimes a lot of current... yay swimming in place!). Two of the people in my group were from Tuckee, CA, in their late 50s-mid 60s. Gene is on the Snow Patrol at Alpine, and he works on avalanche control. We talked a lot about Howitzers and other heavy artillery (dynamite, etc) that he gets to throw at mountains to create avalanches. SO COOL! His wife Susie is a botanist for the Forest Service and it was great talking to her too. The third person in my group was Dmitri from Estonia, and he was a fun diver who also likes skydiving. I really like the people who come to Thailand to dive :)
On the ride out to the Surin Islands, there was a truly massive thunderstorm ahead of us. We stayed nice and dry and got to watch the show! This picture is from George (one of 200+ photos, most of which were all black...)
|Thunderstorm ahead of the boat|
Since I was leading dives, I couldn't take photos myself. The underwater ones are from Dmitri - enjoy!
The staff decided that all the Divemaster trainees should try diving with a pony tank. These are often 6L tanks that technical divers use when they go to depths greater than 40 meters. In our case, the tank was full of normal air and it was just a good exercise in buoyancy and gear management - we breathed from it during the safety stop and just had to manage it during the rest of the dive. Of course, it turns out Rhys and John didn't have metal D-rings on their BCDs so they didn't have to carry it - but I got to practice, and it was pretty funny. Good experience!
|Carrying the pony tank|
|Gearing up on the dive deck with one of Wicked's divemasters, Chok|
|Breakfast on the boat - photo courtesy of George, another DMT|
|Blindly trying to save lives|
I'm planning to stick around for awhile so let me know if you're in the area - in 2 days I'll be able to guide certified divers, and help with SSI Open Water courses if you're interested in learning how to dive!