Traveling across the globe to a small island amongst thousands more was not my plan for the summer. But luckily, my sister Lydia had her plans changed last minute and this amazing adventure formed out of the blue thanks to her research and communication with Two Fish Divers!
Lydia and myself, Colin, have always loved diving. Having grown up in California on the coast and also having been fortunate enough to dive in Hawaii a lot, we have grown very close to the ocean and all her creatures. The first day at Two Fish was eye-opening. Never had I seen such kind people running a dive shop operation. Our welcoming couldn’t have been better, but at the same time they didn’t hesitate to get us on track with the Divemaster course my sister and I had planned.
When Matt introduced himself to us, I could tell this experience would be great because of the positivity and also sensitivity to our disheveled state on our day of arrival. The greatest part of this program so far hasn’t been the water temperature or the food. By far, it has been the people that work at Two Fish, Lembongan. Our instructors, Nina and D, couldn’t have been more understanding with our difficulties in the beginning. Every local working for Two Fish has a smile on their face and I quickly realized how infectious their joyful work mentality really was.
I’m so grateful to be here with my sister, but I really don’t think we would’ve had the mental strength to keep this going, especially in the beginning, if it hadn’t been for everyone’s openness regarding helping each other out. They made it very clear that with something as difficult as a Divemaster program with long hours every day, becoming somewhat of a family makes it all so much more positive. I’ve learned that this is really what instructors should be at the end of the day.