Kale’s adventure with us continues. Here is a post he created shortly after Christmas. This is an edited version; you can read the full text of the original post here.
Over the last 72 hours, I’ve been underwater – or at least sopping wet – for more time than I’ve been on land. As a wonderful consequence, I come bearing many underwater photos, and some relevant subject matter.
On Christmas day, I woke up and headed to the Blue Angel in hopes of catching one of the three boats leaving at ten. I wasn’t surprised when I found out there wasn’t space for little ol’ Kale. Undeterred, I sat down and waited for the horde of divers to clear out of the set-up area. I had decided I was going to dive on Christmas, regardless of whether I’d be flying solo, with a group, off a boat, or walking in from shore. It ended up being for the best, because as I walked over to grab my gear I saw a guy I had met at the Blue Angel Christmas Eve dinner the evening before. A fellow British Columbian named Joe. I asked if he was going on one of the boats.
Joe said ‘nope;’ he was going for a shore dive with two others, and I was welcome to come. I said sure! Two women showed up: May and Sharon? I asked them all if they had done any shore diving at all since they had been here. I received a unanimous ‘no,’ and it was then revealed that May was an ex-instructor, but Joe and Sharon were inexperienced divers. Because I had the strongest familiarity with the location, I took the role of leading the dive.
It was my first go at putting on the professional pants. And I must say, when we came out of the ocean forty minutes later and everyone was buzzing with excitement and talking about how great the dive was, I felt truly satisfied. I understood what I was in for.
The next day Mr. Matthew had a large group of six doing their Peak Performance Buoyancy Dives, assisted by two other Assistant Instructors. A camera was put in my hand and thus a photographer was born. Essentially, my job was very easy, but I did get some good shots of the class as they completed the skills intended to maximize their efficiency underwater. Controlled buoyancy, folks, it’s freakin’ important.
Matthew getting students to fill their masks with seawater, then clear them:
A good way to practice buoyancy control: hovering upside down, using only your breathing to stay aligned, and knocking over a weight with your nose…
Playing with the underwater frisbee:
Matthew silently explaining an ‘out-of-air’ exercise (not part of PPB, but great to practice!):
During our second shore dive, we went against the current for a good twenty minutes and then drifted our way back. I managed to capture some of the craziness that followed, including this video and these photos:
Naturally, I felt compelled to join them:
Good fun all in all.