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sailing and diving around the world
So, made it to the end, and the time flew by real fast. I remember standing in front of the whiteboard, the first day I arrived at the DM house, and Lilly's, Martin's, John's and Clay's names were up on the board, with all of their completion checks, and really feeling the task ahead of me. Of course, like most things that we tackle in life, in turned out to be easier than I expected, and now I have every box checked, as do Blake and Murillo, and we're now officially Divemasters.
We had the snorkel test today, at Cafe del Mar, and then went off into town, to a couple of pubs to bring in the new year.
The day started with us assisting Meghan and Katie on a Discover Scuba Diving session, with a family that was travelling on one of the cruise ships that was docked on the island. It was an interesting experience to see most of them go from no experience whatsoever, to scuba divers. Meghan and Katie are really good instructors and I learned some more from then as I watched them take the family through the skills.
Then we went back to the house and Ken arrived to go over the final paperwork. I have a video of that but I need to find it first :) Then it was off to Cafe del Mar, where we had a bit to eat and then waited for the 'snorkel test' to begin. I was first, and I chose vodka/orange juice. I had no idea what to expect, and I certainly had no idea how to drink out of a snorkel. So, in the video, you see Ken talking to me before he begins to pour, and one of the things he told me was if I needed to take a break, I could simply push my tongue against the opening of the snorkel and that would stop the flow, giving me a moment to get it together, if needed. However, the flow is really strong, and I managed to get a few gulps down, but the flow was so strong, I couldn't hold it back and I flubbed it. The video is hilarious because you can see Ken move like lightening as he manouvered out of the path of the eruption. I coughed/choked, so the the liquid flew out of the top like a volcano. Of course, I got it all over me, as you can see in the picture, but Ken managed to stay dry :) It was a lot of fun guys, and a perfect way to move into the rest of the evening as we headed for the NYE countdown.
Somewhere around 11:30pm, the car that I had rented, and parked in front of the cantina, was given a parking ticket. On New Year's Eve! Bummer. Anyway, I didn't know I had been given a ticket. All I saw was a melted peice of white paper (as opposed to the usually official-looking paper of parking tickets in Canada) below one of the wiper blades. Well, when I returned the car, Richard said, "you got a parking ticket?" I said, "is that what that peice of paper was?" That's when I found out that we had to go to the police station to pay the ticket right away because the police actually unscrew the licence plate and take it with them! Great way to make sure you pay your ticket :) Anyway, Richard drove us over to the local police station and I paid the $18 U.S. to get the plate back. Didn't take very long. When you guys are here, remember to not park along curbs that are painted red :)
I'm going to do one more post about the DM experience, to talk about the experience in more detail.