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Archive for November, 2009

Dive Master Internship on Lanzarote

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

A wet and soggy summer in Ireland and a few months on the surface convinced me that this was the perfect time to escape the weather, spend some time under water and improve my skills with a DM internship somewhere sunny, so here I am in Marina Rubicon doing an internship with the talented instructor Rich as my mentor!

Plenty of gear!

Plenty of gear in the dive shop!

I left Dublin airport in the dark early hours of the morning and a chilly 2ºC and arrived in Lanzarote to a bright sunny morning and temperatures in the 20’s. The dive centre van was waiting outside the airport for me with Phil and Lizzie ready to take me to Playa Blanca and show me around the centre and the marina and then to my flat.

I have heard lots of horror stories of what people are made to do while they are trainee divemasters, and I think I chose my dive centre well. I’m the only trainee, so I have a mentor to myself and am free to annoy any of the team of instructors with my questions! Rich does all my theory sessions with me, Lizzie did my Emergency First Response refresher course and the other instructors, Josean, Chen, Phil and Victor are always on hand to give advice, to correct and to help me out with all the tasks I have to tick off before I finish the course. The student – instructor ratio has definitely worked in my favour and I’m learning something new from the instructors every day. The only downside is that my air consumption has definitely increased because I know that underwater I’m constantly being watched and as soon as I surface I’ll be told all of the things that I need to do better next dive. The eeriest feeling is knowing that the dive centre owner, Chris, is lurking somewhere, undetectable with his bubble-free rebreather and all-black dry suit

No bubbles from Chris...

No bubbles from Chris...

I had never been to the Canaries before, and didn’t know too much about the diving, so by the end of the week I was delighted with the great visibility and water temperatures, and happy to have seen lots of angel sharks, stargazers, morays, barracuda, arrow crabs, puffers, groupers, stingray, octopus, and an electric ray during a DSD shore dive right beside the dive centre.

My first week ended with dinner in “Spices” Indian restaurant on the sea front in Playa Blanca to wish Jeff, a dive centre regular, goodbye until his return in December – delicious food and a welcome chance to relax and get to know the dive centre staff knowing that I wasn’t being watched or tested!

I’m making headway with my divemaster manual and the Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving, but I’ve got a lot to learn in the next three months, on the surface and under.

I feel like I am being watched...

I feel like I am being watched...

Black Coral and Canyons – Dive Center Marina Rubicon

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

I managed to escape the office this morning  🙂 and venture out with some of our experienced divers on a wonderful dive on RubiDive I. Under the guidance of DCMR owner Chris,  the group of instructors visiting from mainland Spain headed to a fantastic deep wall site named Pechiguera which drops from 20m to depths of 50m+.  The visibility was superb and the canyon like vista, simply spectacular. In addition to the usual underwater suspects we were happy to find several large sleepy groupers, a large Angel Shark, and were able to show Black Coral to the divers  in a beautiful deep grotto. In a word – WOW!

Playa Blanca Beauty

Playa Blanca Beauty

Dive Boat RubiDive 2 stayed shallow today which meant that Phil could treat his group of divers to 2 long lazy dives the first  an old wreck with a nearby cave  and the second along a lava tube ridge which has plenty of places to find small shrimp, anemone, lobster, moray eels and a sandy bottom with stingrays and star gazers aplenty!. The photographers in the group snapped some great images and we had smiles all round.

The Tec classroom was also in use today as Master Instructor, Luis joined us for the start of his Tec Deep Instructor Course which began with him getting to grips with some of the theory – Good luck Luis!

Phew!  and all of this in a morning  🙂

Best Fishes – Blog soon!

Lizzie

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Coral Negro y Cañones – Centro de Buceo Marina Rubicón

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Hoy pude escaparme de la oficina  🙂 y aventurarme con algunos de nuestros buceadores avanzados en una hermosa inmersión en  RubiDive I . Bajo la tutela de Chris como guía de grupo y propietario de  DCMR ,  el grupo de instructores que nos visitan de Península realizaron una fantástica inmersión profunda con paredes  desde 20 mts hasta una profundidad de 50 mts +. La visibilidad era increíble, simplemente espectacular.  Además de encontrar lo que usualmente vemos en esta inmersión, también pudimos ver  unos gigantes meros durmiendo, un angelote inusualmente grande y Chris pudo mostrarles el coral negro que crece en una gruta profunda en Pechiguera. En pocas palabras….. WOW!

La visibilidad a 40 metros es increible!

La visibilidad a 40 metros es increible!

El barco RubiDive 2 se quedó hoy en aguas poco profundas,  lo que significa que Phil guió a su grupo en dos inmersiones  donde encontraron pequeños camarones, anémonas , langostas, morenas, chuchos y estrellas rojas!. Hemos tenido algún fotógrafo que pudo realizar fotos de las inmersiones, esperamos manden algunas!

El aula Tec también estuvo y se está  impartiendo el curso de  Master Instructor, Luis se unió a nosotros para el inicio de su Curso de Instructor de Tec Deep- Buena suerte, Luis!

¡Uf! y todo ello en una mañana:)

Lizzie

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Dive Center Marina Rubicon – Frisky Angel Sharks!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

A joyful posse of divers headed out with DCMR Guide Josean this morning to a favorite site named Emissario just a few minutes ride away on dive boat RubiDive II.  The site, a gently sloping, rocky lava field drops down to a beautiful sandy bottom where we often encounter large numbers of Stingray and hundreds of Garden Eels at about 19m.  Neither the Eels nor the Rays let us down today and a couple of Black Morays joined the party too.  Divers were also thrilled to find a Male and a Female  Angel Shark getting acquainted in the sand.  Shoaling Barracuda formed beautiful curving patterns overhead and a Common Eagle Ray made a dramatic ‘fly-by’ as the group of divers returned to the boat.  The excited group, compared notes over coffee and cakes during the surface interval back at the dive centre before heading back out to dive site Colorados 2. Here 4 frisky Angel Sharks put on a show for the delighted group.

A resident Angel Shark - Playa Blanca

A resident Angel Shark - Playa Blanca

Anemones,  Arrow Crabs, Puffers and Groupers were also logged by the happy divers.

In other news,  retired couple Charles and Marie completed their Open Water Course whilst moored at Marina Rubicon  before heading off on their sail boat for more worldwide adventures.  Happy travels  guys  – we’ll see you again soon! 🙂

Lizzie

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