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Part 4 Break into Scuba Diving this Spring Part 4 Break into Scuba Diving this Spring
From Part 3 … You lay back and feel the warm sun and the cool air hitting your body and you smile that smile... Part 4 Break into Scuba Diving this Spring

picture of scuba diver

From Part 3 … You lay back and feel the warm sun and the cool air hitting your body and you smile that smile once again.  The boat gently rocks as the boat captain turns up that smooth head rocking reggae tune.

 

After you have finished your surface interval you pry yourself off the warm and breezy bow of the boat and happily go to don your gear again for dive number 2.   The water is a pristine aqua marine blue as you do a gentle goosestep off the side of the boat and into the cold but then warm waters of the morning Caribbean ocean.  You inflate your BCD to make you completely buoyant and wait for everyone else to enter the waters as you slowly paddle next to your dive buddy.  After the Divemaster has entered the waters he again signals the thumbs down and everyone begins there beautiful descent again into the blue waters where all you can hear are the water bubbles being released from mouthpiece which softly tickle your ears as the go by and up to the surface.

picture of moray eal

The descent continues until you have all reached the set dive bottom depth and then the Divemaster once again begins his tour of the beautiful Caribbean reef where the variety of marine life is wonderfully outstanding and overwhelming at times as you recall the first time you saw a 20 foot moray eel in all its majesty coiled up and resting under a large reef formation which shocked you but then made you realize the true beauty of scuba diving and why you got into it in the first place which was to see the unknown and beautiful things that the ocean has to offer which are many.picture of diver with seahorse

The dive continues on to again 30 feet where you smoothly glide over beautiful colored reef formations and beautiful coral fish, which are colorful and majestic as they hang around their 1-foot turf and suddenly a turtle pops out of a hole in the reef and causes everyone to scuba over to it as he clumsily glides over the reef and has that look about his face that this is just another day in the park.  The divers give the turtle his space and allow him to go his clumsy way into the dark blue ocean waters.

picture of ocean turtle

The dive ends as everyone once again after their three-minute rest stop at 15 feet exits the waters and begins to talk about all the cool fish and reef that they saw.

picture of scuba diverOnce again you plop yourself on the bow of the boat for the ride back to the dive shop and as you lean back you happily entertain the notion of going for a night dive later on your trip.   A night dive is one of the most unique adventures and things that anyone can see and do as it involves a different variety of marine life that only comes out a night and other cool things that you can see like the string of pearls.  Before the dive you are trained in all facets of night diving in preparation for when everyone descends to a set point usually around 20 feet and first sit in a semi circle in the sand and then turn off their lights.  After a short while what is called the string of pearls begins to light up as there are over 20 phosphorescent lights per string and before you know if you begin to see more and more string of pearls light up until you are completely surrounded by them.   You can also shake your hand in front of you and see the bioluminescence light up after you complete a stroke of your hand.  This can only be described as peter pan land as the bioluminescence looks like fairy dust and every movement that you or your fellow night divers makes triggers the cool light show.   After 15 minutes of admiring the light show everyone turns their lights on again and begin to slowly cruise off the sand and glide over the dark reef which can only be seen with your light and those of your fellow divers giving you a scary but then safe feeling as you have been trained for this kind of diving.  Once in a while you have to turn your light off as it also attracts plenty of very small reef worms who are instinctively attracted to the light but cause no harm whatsoever.  You curiously and gently glide over a large brain coral formation and put your light almost to the coral itself and almost immediately the reef worms gather at the light and by the closeness of your light to the brain coral are eaten up by the brain coral which eats it and then expels the remains into a small puff.  You have thus helped this brain coral in its diet.  The experience leaves you happy and content as you once again turn your light off and smoothly glide over to the other divers who have gathered together to begin their 3-minute safety stop at 15 feet.

 picture of Roatan night dive