Let me first apologize for the long silence 🙈 I was quite busy and occupied settling in my “new home” the last week….above and under water 😅
Meanwhile, I have changed the country. I am now in Indonesia. More precisely on the small island Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is located a little southeast of (my beloved 😁) Bali and is about 20km long and 12km wide, the highest point is 524m high. The island has a more dry climate compared to Bali, which is why practically no rice is growing on the island but instead a lot of corn.
There live about 48'000 people on the island. Roads are not really developed and the main means of transport is the scooter. Cars are (fortunately) very few.
I came to Nusa Penida because of the IndoOcean Project. It has been my dream to improve my diving skills and to deepen my diving knowledge for a while, i.e. to complete my training as a divemaster. Divemaster is the first professional level in diving (prior to instructor). Since I love fish and the sea, my goal was to complete the training, if possible, in conjunction with marine research/environmental protection. And this is how I came across the IndoOcean Project, which offers exactly that.
During the next 8 weeks, I will not only be training as a divemaster (hopefully 😰) with the people of IndoOcean Project (Nomads Diving) but will also be trained as a research diver. I will be actively involved in research on the reef, help with data collection and evaluation of research videos. Wohoooo 😍🐠
On the 8th of December I took the speedboat ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida, assuming my course would start on the 12th of December. That's how it was scheduled. I would have had a few days to arrive comfortably. Well, as live is, something different happened 😁 At the ferry terminal I met Michaela Dudasova (the dive shop manager). She thought that I was here now and could do the first dive in the pool the same afternoon and start my course right away. Arrived on Nusa Penida, we have dumped my bag in the room and immediately jumped into the pool for the first dive.
That's how it went the last days. Dive and study every day.
The team is great. My instructor is Serena Stean (England). Serena has an unbelievable experience as a diving instructor as well as a research diver (for example she has been researching bull sharks and tiger sharks on Fidji for 2 years). We currently are 6 Divemaster interns. 4 students from Italy, a Dutch girl and me. Then we have Chris (England) in our group, who has just completed his training for Divemaster and stays a little longer (because he likes it so much here) and Matt (South Africa) who is here for his company to create an app for underwater data collection/programming.
I will keep you up to date on how my diving is going and the counting of the fish 🧐😉