It’s been a while, but I haven’t forgotten about my blog, I have just been super busy and/or slack 🙂 Since I last posted, I have become PADI dive instructor and have spent most of this year in Indonesia diving in Bali, Komodo and Raja Ampat. This post is about that journey…
I have been diving since 1992 – yes you read that right, that’s 23 years – and kept the flame alive with annual diving trips to exotic locations all over the world, including Australia (naturally), Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Cook Islands, Belize, Red Sea, Maldives and Indonesia. But it wasn’t until I first dived Komodo (off the western coast of Flores, eastern Indonesia) that I was inspired to turn the passion into a profession.
My first trip to Komodo was in April-May 2013 and by August that year I was back to take my Divemaster (the first rung of the professional diving ladder). In February 2014 I moved to Honiara to work as a volunteer, but after 10 months there I was back to Indonesia to dive some more and to take my PADI instructor development course (IDC). Man that was hard work; here are some photos of the IDC, instructor exam and Master SCUBA Diver Trainer course that followed (photos courtesy Crystal Divers and Felicia Lindgren).
The motley crew
Pool skills – lift bag
Rescue skills in the pool – our favourite part of the Instructor Development Course!
All tied up
Yes, we did practise our knot-tying a LOT
Knot tying is FUN!
Open water skills
Nervous before my first pool demo in the Instructor Exam
Pool skills PASSED!
After our open water demos in the Instructor Exam
Post-theory exam in the Instructor Exam
Search and recovery – knot tying!
Setting up the drop tank
Search and recovery – swimming increasing circles
Wreck diving at Tulamben
Perfect hover 😉
Finally some fun diving at Nusa Lembongan 🙂
So that’s my dive instructor journey in a nutshell… I will put up a post of my Raja Ampat and Komodo adventures very soon.
Thanks for reading!
I recently visited Indonesia to dive in Komodo Marine Park, off the island of Flores, for the third time. It seems I can’t stay away – the SCUBA diving there is some of the best I have ever done and I keep going back for more 🙂
I spent two weeks there, and did around 10 days of diving with the company I did my Divemaster with last year. We had a brilliant time, with some fantastic dives and lovely guests on the boat. I found my first daytime mandarin fish, guided a bunch of dives, ate a lot of rice and caught up with friends. While I was working most of the time I did manage to take some photos to share with you.
So without further ado, welcome to Komodo…
The Naring crew, dive instructor Juvens and me
The dive deck on Naring
A turtle heading for the surface to take a breath
Tatawa Besar is one of the most beautiful dive sites in northern Komodo
School of bat fish at Tatawa Besar
Fishes everywhere at Tatawa Besar
Manta cleaning station at Manta Point (Makassar Reef)
Manta ray, Manta Point
Maori (Napoleon) wrasse at Batu Bolong
Fish soup on Batu Bolong
There be dragons! The entrance to the national park on Rinca Island
The view of northern Komodo national park (Komodo Is in the distance) from the top deck of Naring
Inside the marine park
Chicken, with other stuff – night market, Labuanbajo
The ubiquitous sunset shot (from Paradise Bar, Labuanbajo)
I’ll be back to Komodo as soon as I can, and feel free to ask me for tips and recommendations. Trust me, it’s worth the trip for the diving alone, but if you need added incentive there is a great Italian restaurant with authentic wood-fired pizzas 🙂