first, the accommodation. we had a 2 bedroom apartment with a spectacular view. it reminded us of our apartment in mackay so we felt right at home.
this was from the boat on sunday... our hotel was the one right in the middle to right of this pic... the white building
we had our first day in the classroom where we all passed our final exam and then a day of practice in the pool. i think we all felt a little rusty in the pool since we hadn't dived in a little over a month. personally, i had a little freak out in the pool when we had to flood our masks all the way. this is just not my cup of tea... water up the nose EVERY TIME! but i learned in the pool that you can stay under water while choking on water and you still live. this came in very helpful for the next day when we had to do the same thing in the ocean.
that evening, we had dinner at the hotel and celebrated jim's birthday. jo and keith are too sweet and they even got him a cute little caterpillar cake!
the next day we woke up to do our open water dives. again, another gorgeous day was in stow for us! since our last trip out wasn't so pleasant, as you can see here, we were more than happy to have the sun a-shinin'!
just like last trip we made our first stop out with the tourists as they visited whitehaven beach. jim and i have now been to whitehaven three times since we have been here, but i have to say that this was the most beautiful i have seen it. absolutely breath taking!
a little information about the softest sand you will ever feel in your life. the closest thing i can compare it too is powdered sugar.
just relaxing on the beach!
snoring sleeping. he he!
jim and i before our open water dive.
overall, we all felt pretty good by the time the day was over we all felt really comfortable. the water temp was 21 degrees (celsius) so it was kind of chilly, but with the wet suits it really wasn't bad.
of course, i had the same freak out moment in the ocean as i did in the pool when i flooded my mask, but i was so grateful that i learned how to cope with it while i was in the pool the day before. phew!
oh, and the fish!! towards the end, after we were done perfecting our drills, we were finally able to enjoy our surroundings. we saw all kinds of beautiful sea creatures, but nothing over the top like a shark or anything. it's still just such an amazing feeling to be able to enjoy that part of the world. so much fun!
so, anytime anyone wants to go diving make sure you invite us! we are ready and waiting!