10.08.2006 25 °C
Day 27 - July 10.: The bus ride was really not what I call comfortable. The seats were way to small and there was no room for the legs. In addition we sat right next to the toilet and the smell was quite bad. At least we got blankets. Smelly ones, but still.
We arrived at Champon harbour at 6 a clock in the morning after I finally managed to find a comfortable (somewhat) position to sleepe in. Since the boat was departing at 7 we could just about go aboard immediately. The sea was calm and the boat ride was not bad at all. I actually think we got more sleepe there than on the bus
At the diving centre we go got our books as well as keys to the bungalow which was situated right next to the beach. Another plus is that it was only two minutes walk from the diving centre. We also had a restaurant right across the road and a small departement store just around the corner. Nothing to complain about there
We were afraid that having no ac, only a fan, would be a problem, but the temperature was very pleasant so that didn't pose a problem at all.
First on the list, after breakfast and reading the first chapter of the book, was a short walk on the beach. At last! Blue sky, sun, ocean and white sand underfoot
We met with our instructor Katie after lunch. Since we were the only two people taking the PADI Open Water cource at that time we had Katie all to ourselves. The rest of the afternoon was spent watching instruction videos (with some pretty stupid scetches intermingled) and to work on theory and knowledge quizzes.
When we got back to the bungalow we had to use the rest of the evening reading the next chapter in the book. Doing the PADI O.W. cource in just 3 days (4 days in our case, but the first and last day was just half days) is doable, but there is a lot of reading if you haven't prepared in advance.