May has been a very busy month for me in Costa Rica. It started with the IDC (Instructor Development Course) which was very intense. Two weeks of days that lasted from 10-12 hours in the classroom, pool and ocean. Once the IDC was complete the IE (Instructors Exam) started. Which includes 2 written exams, a confined water skills session and an open water skills session over 3 days. The IE was a success and all of us in the IDC passed and are now certified PADI Scuba Instructors. BOOYA!!!!!
So the last two weeks have been quite busy. I had a few days off in a row while my parents were still here and we were able to get out of Coco to see a bit more of Costa Rica. We made it out to a beautiful water fall with an area to swim near the base of it. We then made it out to an amazing adventure tour. Here we went horse back riding, river tubing, zip lining, and volcanic hot springs/mudding. The next day we went out on a river boat tour where we saw tons of birds, crocodiles and monkeys. I even got to captain the boat for a while and the real captain seemed surprised that I knew how to drive the boat. LOL!!
Alot has happened since the last time I posted. My parents and I headed out to Nicaragua for a day trip. We saw a ton of stuff during the day and I posted most of it on FB and Instagram through out the day. But here are a few of the highlights which include standing at the rim of an active volcano, Granada city, a cigar factory, chocolate factory, and a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua.
Today’s first dive was ray central. We got down the line a immediately saw a sting ray swimming around. I then looked around and saw some spotted eagle rays swimming off in the distance and just bellow them were a couple more sting rays. I have a pic of their eagle rays a sting ray below but sadly it’s really hard to spot the eagle ray. It’s tale can be seen directly about the front sting ray.
I found out recently that when I post these to FaceBook that not all the pics show up there. Please click on the link attached to this to get the full amount of pics and writing. Cheers.
I recently got out for a second night dive. This time I had my camera working better and was able to get a few more pics of the life at night. I already posted a video on facebook of an eel hunting but now I have some extra pics to add as well.
This past week has been quiet busy. Including a trip to Tamarindo, another beach town to the south of us that is known for it’s night life and surfing. We went out on St. Patty’s day and had a really good time. There were fire dancers at the hostel bar and we were shown a Swedish dance by Maja and here friends in our room. Then the next day a few of us tried or hands at surfing, it did not go overly well, but we had a great time doing it. We may have gone about it in the wrong way as Hielke and I got two boards thenwent out to find the largest waves without practice or training, LOL
Two days ago I had an issue with my dive camera. This of course means that cool stuff will happen and there will be no documention as proof. But the memory will be there for those who experienced it. Yesterday while doing a deep dive specialty course we happened upon a large school of jacks. These fish were at least two feet long, and there were hundreds of them. At the time I though my camera was still working so I was taking pics and vids through out. Our course director then asked for my camera and told me to swim into the school.