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Josephine & Taylor were new students doing the Advanced Open Water training. It's always a pleasure to assist the instructors when they're training students, and it's great to see the students succeed :):) Josephine and Taylor did marvellously well, and it was fun to watch them on the boat dives.
We saw the usual profusion of tropical fish, and we also saw a couple of nurse sharks. The start of the video shows what it's like to descend to a wreck, holding on to a line. The currents can get pretty strong here in Cozumel, a place known for it's drift diving, and in order to 'land' ahead of the vessel, to give us time to explore before the current carries us away, we all have to descent along lines that are attached to the bow and the stern of the wreck.
As I mentioned in a previous post, we're no longer using the bigger boat, so you're looking at the smaller boat. Smaller boat means we're now doing backwards rolls off the boat. Pretty cool. My first time doing it. It's a lot easier rolling off, because it can be a little awkward walkig to the stern of a bigger boat and stepping off. It can be especially awkward if there are some decent waves and the boat is rocking. But, on the smaller boat, only is it faster to get to the dive sites, it easier to get into the water when all to have to do is sit up on the ledge and fall backwards :):)
For those of you who have asked why I'm never in the videos or pics, I'm happy to say that a fellow DMT, Jochem, from Holland, kindly took some footage of me. You can't miss me because I'm the only one with the split-fins. The bald head kind of gives me away, too. Jochem appears throughout the video, but I'm make mention of his appearance at the end of the video where I show him deployig his DSMB, the iflatable surface marker that is sent up when do come to do our 3-minute safety stop at the end of each dive. The brightly colored marker shows other boat where we are so they don't run into us, and it also shows our Captain where we are so he can come and pick us up. The Captain can follow us as we drift along by followig our bubbles, and, as he knows the reefs, can anticipate where we'll surface.
Where you see Jochem, at the end of the video, looking up at me, he is trying to deploy his DSMB as quickly as possible so he can have free hands to grab a hold of me. I had changed weights earlier, and I had forgotten to put the weightbelt back on before getting into the water. Luca, one of the other istructors that was with us on the dive, signalled to me, asking if I wanted to surface and go back to the boat for the weights, but I chose not to because I didn't want to hold the group up, so I used the extra weights that Luca always carries with him. Problem is, he only had two two-pounders, so I was was still eight pounds light. So, the dive was great, but I knew I would have to surface a little early, because I was underweighted, and the buoyancy of my near empty tank would make it hard to stay down during the 3-minute safety stop.
So, when I had about 1000psi left in the tank, I signalled to Jochem and showed him I had no weight belt and he immediately understood the implications and he signalled for us to surface and he began preparing his DSMB. So, at the end, when you see him lookig up at me, it's because he's tryig to figure out how he's going to get me and hold on to me for the 3 minutes. I always like to tur an awkward situation into a funny one, so I kept filming. So, you can also see him deploying the DSMB. In the end, I was hanging on to his weight belt, hanging upside down for most of the safety stop, and we were both laughing like crazy. That was a moment when I wish someone had a camera on me. It would have been hilarious to have a shot of me hanging upside down.
One of the highlights of the video, near the beginning, is seeing Josephine and Taylor rolling off the boat at the same time.