The past few weeks have been exciting for Toby and Miranda as they were doing their PADI Junior Open Water Diver course with Two Fish Divers in Sanur. These young ocean enthusiasts did their course on Saturday mornings, because they have to go to school during the week.
The first week was easy for Miranda because Miranda already participated in the Two Fish Divers Scuba Club. In Scuba Club, she had learned the basic skills to be a diver, from partial mask flood to the set-up of her scuba gear. Toby had never experienced Scuba before so Miranda could teach her older brother all her tricks during the first pool sessions.
This weekend we went to Amed for the first open water diver experience. The first dive was at the Housereef, which is the perfect place to practice skills. It’s a muck dive site with lots to see, but you have to practice your buoyancy to do so; trying to spot a tiny mantis shrimp in his sand cavern takes some practice to get the right breathing pattern to spot it and not to stir up sand.
A whole group of about 100 nudibranchs (Gymnodoris ceylonica) was chasing a delicious meal of other nudibranchs. It was a beautiful sight, all those nudibranchs that are white with orange dots, scattered over the black sandy bottom! We hope someone of Two Fish Divers Amed has managed to take a picture of this!
The second dive was in Jemeluk, which has a lot of corals in the shallower areas so it’s perfect for kids to do their dives. We saw leaf scorpionfish, squid, batfish, surgeonfish, goatfish, trumpet fish and many more colourful reef fish.
Soon Miranda and Toby will finish their course on the USAT Liberty wreck in Tulamben. We’re already excited of what we will see during this dive, because diving is amazing!