Today was the first day that I dove as an Open Water Scuba Instructor! We are starting our Master Scuba Diver Trainer Preparation by adding specialty courses that we can teach, and started today off with Deep Diver and Wreck Diver. Our first dive was on the USS Spiegel Grove, a 510' Landing Dock Ship (LDS) which was purposely sunk as an artificial reef. What a sight! She lies in 134' of water, and our dive today maxed out at about 80' as we practiced some of the skills taught in the deep diver specialty. I would love to come back and dive this site several times - it truly is an amazing site.
Our second dive today was on the Benwood. She was built as a merchant marine freighter and is 310' long and lies in depths between 25' and 40'. We practiced some of our wreck diving skills here, before navigating underwater back to the dive boat.
Our third dive today - yes, we did three tanks today - was for my Full Face Mask Specialty Instructor. We practiced skills such as donning and doffing the FFM at depth, buddy breathing and exchanging from the Full Face Mask to a backup mask in order to do so. Both my buddy and I were very comfortable in our masks, and didn't have any problems with the skills, so we got to enjoy a leisurely drift dive while some of the other instructors were working on the Drift Diver Specialty while others worked on Underwater Photographer and Videographer.
It was an amazing day - and to boot - I logged my 150th dive and now have over 100 hours of logged bottom time! What a great way to celebrate those milestones during this adventure and particularly on such spectacular reefs and sites!
Tomorrow is an early day - we have to meet at the docks by 7:30 and the boat is taking us back to the Spiegel Grove. Tomorrow night we get to work on the night diver specialty - and I'm really looking forward to that one.
Have a great night!