Entry #1: A New Diver in the family!
This Week turned out a beautiful set of dives, a new diver and some great new photos. It started back in December 2017 when I did a DSD for a family member. He was a natural in the water and was lucky enough to see a manta on his first dive. Who the hell gets that lucky!! I was a little jealous even. On his recent return to the country he decided that Scuba Diving was going to be a new hobby and we got in touch.
The course went very smooth, and it didn’t take us long to get through the pool sessions. It was here that I saw very quickly that my student was gonna make a great new diver. Next, off to the ocean we went to complete the course! We enjoyed 3 days diving out of Playa Hermosa. Two for the course and one extra day of fun diving. Over 6 dives we visited 5 different sites and saw a whole bunch of awesome critters! I even got to dive with my Grandfather who joined us for dive days 1 and 3.
Dive Day 1: The Ocean
We started off the course at a local dive site called monkey head. As usual, the site was loaded with fish and rays! The colours there are so brilliant and with all the different species of fish it is difficult to decide were to look. We were often visited by eagle rays soaring past or gently gliding past to take a better look at us. The water was warm and clear and the current very mild. After the dive we visited a local white sand beach for our surface interval.
For our second dive we dropped down into Merows, a personal favourite. This dive site is not used by too many dive centers, and it boggles my mind. The site is a bit a shallow reaching a max depth of 40ft but not all dives need to be deep. While swimming about we found 2 seahorses, 5 frogfish, a number of eels octopus and other reef dwellers.
Dive Day 2: We have a new diver!
On day two we decided to dive Virador first. This dive site, like monkey head, has a large population of fish. It’s also great for rays of all kinds, turtles and sometimes sharks. We didn’t see any sharks on this dive but we did see a big ol’Greenback turtle. the thing was huge, and quite majestic as he sat there posing for the camera. He even let my student get in on his photo shoot before he decided he’d had enough. Through out the rest of the dive we saw a number of rays as well.
Once again we returned to Merows for our second dive. However, this time to switch things up we went looking for a wreck. This dive site once has an old sail boat at 60ft that many turtles call home. The only problem is that it was destroyed by a shrimper who was trolling illegally. Since then no one likes to visit the wreck, even though the turtles haven’t left. Unfortunately, we were unable to find the boat as the visibility dropped as we headed deeper. Despite not finding the wreck the we had a great dive and saw many more seahorses and frogfish. Not to mention that after the dive my student was a Certified Diver!! WHOOP WHOOP!
Day 3: The Fun dive
Our fist dive we dove at Tortuga. Tortuga is a local favourite and home to many white tip reef sharks. My student had told me he was a bit afraid of sharks, so we decided it was time for him to face his fears. As a new diver I couldn’t let him go home fearing sharks! On this dive we visited a pair of resident clown shrimp, a baby white tip and eventually Rusty II (an old wrecked fishing boat) where we fsaw a second white tip (a large female). On the dive my student got to see 2 sharks, and after we surfaced he decided that maybe they weren’t so bad. In fact, he told me he wished they’d gotten closer!
On the second dive we decided to go to another personal favourite, Corridas. This dive site is home to many species of ray and is usually a bed of nudibranchs and seahorses. On the dive we found a number of stingrays including one that was over a meter wide which is huge! And though we didn’t find any seahorses we did find 2 more frogfish and a tiny nudibranch!
An Awesome Week
I couldn’t have asked for a better week! The diving was awesome the company was great and I got to spend time with family! Plus, I got to see seahorses and frogfish, two of my favorite little creatures. No to mention we have a new diver in the family! My favorite part of this week though is when we student said “I wish the shark had come closer.” So many people have a misunderstanding of these animals it is feels so amazing when I can help them over come that. Sharks have become so endangered due to shark finning that changing even one persons mind about sharks makes a difference.
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Ranelle’s addiction to SCUBA started in 2004. From a young age she has been fascinated by the ocean and the creatures living within it. Her Ultimate dive dream is to swim with Orcas and to dive the world. Ranelle is a certified PADI Specialty Instructor and spent 3 years in university studying Science and Biology.
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