Disco

Despite the drinking the night before, I woke up in time for some diving the next day.  We went to another shipwreck dive site, the Earl of Shafters.  The Earl was an old sail boat that had 3 massive masts.  Compared to the other wreck, this landscape was wide open, with a sandy bottom.  Generally speaking that made it less interesting to behold.  We saw one manta ray, which was pretty cool.  There was a school of fish that were mostly white with yellow tails towards the end of the drive as well.

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January 30, 2010 • Tags: , • Posted in: Vacation • 2 Comments

Shipwreck Diving is Awesome

Friday’s dive was my first shipwreck dive, and I have to say it was pretty awesome.  The ship’s name was the SS Conche, and it was an old oil tanker that went down around 1903.  Supposedly it was one of the first oil tankers.  The front half of the boat took most of the impact, while the backside was largely still intact.

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January 29, 2010 • Tags: , • Posted in: Vacation • One Comment

Cheap Eats

Thursday I finally woke up early enough to go diving (8:30 AM).  Though we did not see any big fish or predators like I did on Monday, there were hundreds of smaller fish swimming just above the large rock that was the main attracktion of the dive site.  The rock was about 16 meters tall, and took about 40 minutes to swim around.  The deepest part of the dive was about 20 meters.

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January 28, 2010 • Tags: , • Posted in: Vacation • 2 Comments

Big Girl Party

Monday morning I went diving again.  I have to say, the 9 o’clock dive is a great way to start a day.  It’s not particularly exerting, though I do still seem to be still the next day (though I am beginning to think that is related to the mattress I sleep on).  Getting out onto a boat early, and then into the water around 10:30 is also great.  The water is cool when you are 15 meters under the sea, which can be a nice change of pace from the surface. Read the rest of this post »

January 25, 2010 • Tags: , • Posted in: Vacation • No Comments

Sometimes I Question My Profession

Saturday’s two dives in the morning were not quite as memorable as my first dive ever.  The first dive of the morning was deeper, about 14 meters.  Jane & I went with another diver named Marcus who was German, and his diving guide, though once the dive started we did not really stay together.  We practiced some diving skills, like how to do an emergency ascent, and taking the kit off and on under water.  After we swam around for about 40 minutes, which see4ms like a pretty standard dive at this depth.  We saw a couple bigger fish, though really I don’t know the names of any of them. Read the rest of this post »

January 23, 2010 • Tags: , • Posted in: Vacation • No Comments

First Dive

On Friday I went open water diving to 12 meters for the first time.  The dive site we went to was simply called ‘cave.’  After gearing up, and rolling back first off the boat, Jane & I swam over to the anchor line, and deflated our Buoyancy Control Devices (BCD), which dropped us into the ocean.  Hanging on to the anchor line, inches below the surface, I looked upon an expansive green ocean, with no floor in sight, and thought, “I’ve got to be crazy to go down there.” I paused for a bit, until I eventually surfaced with Jane. Read the rest of this post »

January 22, 2010 • Tags: , • Posted in: Vacation • No Comments

Diving, Swindles, and Funerals

On Wednesday we started the scuba lesson off by going over the gear: a Buoyancy Control Device (BCD), tank, fins, and a mask.  After assembling the kit we waded into the ocean to about one meter.  Breathing underwater with the gear was a bit weird, but overall ok.  We practiced taking everything off and on, and then swimming around with the gear on.  After we went back to the classroom, and I finished off the last chapter of the course.  I took the written test and scored a 90%.

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January 20, 2010 • Tags: , • Posted in: Vacation • No Comments

I Never Thought I Would Be Doing Homework On Vacation

Tuesday I started my scuba diving lessons.  My instructor, Jane, is English, smiles a lot, and laughs a lot.  Every now and then she tells me stories of other places she has dived, and the general ruckus caused there in her wake.

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January 19, 2010 • Tags: , • Posted in: Vacation • No Comments

Finding Some Scuba Lessons

Saturday was fairly lowkey comparatively.  I went with Danaroathna to check out some scuba training places.  They were all roughly the same price ($350 USD), though the first place wasmy cousin haggled the first place down to $280–coincidentally it was the same guy we did the boat to boat cigarette transfer a couple of days earlier.  However, the third scuba place, Posoidon, is where many of my Dad’s friends hang out.  Before I came here he told me to go to the beach, and hang out there because they would take care of me… which I haven’t been doing.  I think my dad was good friends with the previous owner, but he passed away recently and the family business got passed on to his son.  They have an English lady who does all the training which is an added plus, as I won’t have to wade through a lot of Sin Halese.

Saturday night it rained heavily.

January 15, 2010 • Tags: , • Posted in: Vacation • No Comments