Workin’ on my Advanced Open Water certificate today. Did 2 dives after completing the text book portion for the two dives I made today. First dive was Navigation…. the one I dreaded the most, as I mentioned previous…. I apparently SUCK at it……. Instructor did a good job with hands on application there in the dive shop and was patient with me as I slowly got my aging brain to wrap around the premise. Headed out for the dive to test my new found knowledge. I got a bit gung-ho on my first test (yea – hard to imagine huh?) and way over shot my objective. Instructor got me calmed down and I nailed the second attempt. Ditto on the following 5 tasks – aced them~! Yay~!!
Came back for a quick lunch, new tanks and some more classroom training, this time on a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) This is a small device that looks like the back half of a torpedo. A lot more training for it than I would have ever imagined – but glad there was. A LOT more to those little dudes than I would have ever thought…. wow. After multiple watch, learn and duplicate maneuvers by the instructor… it was time to take off for a DPV dive~! Much, much tougher than I thought. It was a totally different type of SCUBA diving. Zipping through the water. I liked it……and I didn’t. One of the things that I really like about SCUBA diving is being able to bottle-ass around and look at all the fun things you find under the water….. definitely can not do that with a DPV~! You kinda just watch things zoom by. You can cover a butt load of area…. but I think I still like the slow poking around much better.
Because both dives were training dives…. I opted not to even bring my camera with me so I could focus on what I was doing…. so no new underwater pictures for today. Am happy to say that I passed both courses – so I now have 2 more dive courses to complete for my Advanced Open Water certification~! I am scheduled to make those dives on Thursday~!
Got some mail from ‘home’ today. Christmas card from Daughter (mailed right after Thanksgiving) and a wonderfully sweet letter from a Grand Daughter (my Squirt) – both made a really good day so, so much better. Also got 2 notices to go to Post Office for more mail – so big day for us again tomorrow to get more mail~! I’ll try and get a couple of new pictures of something tropical for ya~!
Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
Same set up I trained on…. no, that is not me.
Yay~! Mail from ‘home’…… 🙂
It kinda looks like Spam, It smells like Spam, it does NOT taste like Spam 😉