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sailing and diving around the world
Awoke to another glorious Cozumel morning :) For those of you who are planning to do your training, or just fun dives, here in Cozumel, you're in for a real treat. Did two dives today, one deep, and one 'shallow.' We did the deep dive first, and got down to 32 meters. It was an incredible dive. I wish I had the Gopro for that one. At one point, we were swimming through coral canyons. Saw all kinds of marine animals, including a nurse shark.
The deep dive was the first I had done in over a year, so it was a very focused dive. Katie had me label some colors, for fun. At depth, the colors change. For example, one square of color on the slate she gave me, looked completely black, so I wrote in, 'black.' When we were back on the boat, she showed me the slate again, and what looked to me to be black, was actually red! Pretty cool. When we were at our deepest, I had to get my breathing back under control. It takes a little time to get used to fighting against the current all the time.. But I love the fact that I'll be totally used to it soon.
When you're in deeper water, you use your air really fast, so, typically, deep dives are short. When I was at depth, I looked at my pressure gauge and it read 1000psi. I swear it seemed on a couple of minutes later when I looked again and I was at 500psi. I knew right away I wouldn't have enough air to get me back to the surface, so I showed my pressure gauge to Lilly. Then I showed it to Katie, and Katie went into action right away, held me forearm to forearm, indicated that we would ascend, and she held us for a decompression stop. I still had a bit of air, so I used up as much as I could, and took Katie's Octo, that she had been holding for me at the ready. So, it definitely wasn't planned, but I got to experience/practice a real emergency 'out-of-air' ascent. Katie is an awesome diver. I think she's really a mermaid in disguise :) I'll have to get a selfie with her and post it. By the way, the water is so warm here that I don't even wear my wetsuit anymore. I just wear a rashguard and my bathing suit.
For those of you that are wondering what the experience is like so far, living with all of the other DM candidates, I'll say a few words. Divers in training typically tend to be serious about the training. They are all trained to think in terms of safety, so there is that edge of seriousness. But, divers typically like to have fun, and that is pretty much what is going. There is a good balance of serious training and fun. I totally lucked out and was assigned my own room. Meghan did something incredibly sweet. I came back to the house and found that she had made up my bed with fresh sheets. Wasn't expecting that, but it was a lovely gesture.
There is a full kitchen set-up, where you can put any foods that you buy. However, it seems that most of us eat out, so there isn't very much in the fridge. I have a few beers, left over from the other night, a loaf of bread, some butter, and a big block of manchego cheese. I only have the bread and cheese in case we don't have time to stop somewhere in the morning. I can quickly throw some cheese between a couple of pieces of bread and I at least have something that will get me through to lunchtime. Everything you need is within walking distance from the house, including laundromat (lavanderia). I sort of have my 'own bathroom,' because it's on the main floor, right beside my bedroom, so I went and got some supplies from the local grocery store and scrubbed it down with Lysol, and I'll be keeping it clean for the time I'm here. Everyone one is on the second floor, and they all take turns cleaning the upstairs bathroom. We all basically clean up after ourselves, including washing any dishes we use, as soon as we're finished using them.