10.08.2006 24 °C
Day 29 - July 12.: My birtday actually - "happy birthday to me" I was so focused on the final exam that day that I didn't remember it until M. tried to find cake on the breakfast menu. Well, to tell the truth I didn't even get it then because I thought "why on earth would she want cake for breakfast" She actually had to spell it out before I got it.
Apparently, taking the exam on my birthday proved lucky since I scored 100% on the test - the first in 2-3 months according to Katie. Yay for me!
That afternoon we did our first dive. Actually it were the first five closed water dives all wrapped into one session. We did it in the shallow water on a small beach instead of in a pool as they do many other places. The advantage were a myriad of small fish to look at the whole time. The nibbler fish (or cleaner fish... I can't remember the name) made me jump the first time. It pinched me quite good on the lower leg when it tried to remove a birth mark. Being able to stay under water and breathe is quite magical I must say
We learned basic skills like emptying the mask and correcting our buoyancy amongst others. Getting out of the water and into the boat is quite interresting actually. When you first start out with all the equipment on the boat it doesn't feel that heavy, but after a dive, where you feel almost weightless, it is really heavy to go back up again.
When we got back to the boat we had to strip out of the scuba gear and the wetsuit and go for a 200 meter swim and thread water for 10 minutes after that. After over two and a half hours in the water already we were tired enough, but better to get it done with By then it had started to rain so it was actually warmer in the water than it was on the boat.
Finally we had our first evening off. It was really great to be able to just relax and enjoy being on this fantastic island