As I mentioned in the last blog post, the February DMTs have spent much of their first week completing administrative/non-water work details: (boring) paperwork, reading the DM Manual, and watching PADI videos, etc. Week 2 saw them back into the water. WOOHOO! They assisted different instructors with open water and advanced courses and shadowed divemasters leading refreshers, snorkelers, and fun divers.
Now, we are back in the classroom. While the classroom isn’t a bad place to be as it involves sitting in comfy chairs and couches upstairs in the bar with the sea breeze blowing through our hair, it isn’t exactly as exciting as being in the water and blowing bubbles. At the moment, we are focused on finishing the dreaded information laden Chapter 9 of the DM manual and participating in five lectures – physiology, physics, equipment, decompression theory, and environment. Each lecture summarises important information that is necessary to the diving industry and sport. Here’s a picture of the group (minus Man, who is in Semporna helping out in the equipment room today) during one of our lecture days. At the end of the week, the DMTs will be taking their second exam and should start their mapping project.
Work hard, play hard. That should be everybody’s life motto. During the day, I cram dive knowledge into their brains. In the evenings, people congregated upstairs chatting with each other about the day’s diving and just enjoying the beauty of Mabul. If you haven’t seen a sunset here, then you are missing out on LIFE. Absolutely stunning! It’s not a bad life – that’s for sure.