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The final day of our dive course, and we had hoped for some brighter weather, but it was still grey, cloudy and showery. We had an early start, to get both our final dives (dives 3 and 4) done by early afternoon. Klaus decided to do all our skills practice in dive 3 and get them out of the way. We had to do a controlled emergency ascent using the air from a single breath, which we did fairly easily. Then we dived to a depth of about 12 metres and did some more skills there, the part Emma wasn't looking forward to. We had to fill our masks with water again and blow it out, and then take our masks off and put them on and blow the water out. Emma swallowed half the Gulf of Thailand but managed not to panic and got the water out of her mask.
Relief all round that we had got through the skills, and a rest on the boat with drinks and snacks. Then it was time for our final dive, during which we were really able to relax and take it all in. It was truly amazing, and the closest we will ever get to being without gravity. We glided past huge coral pinnacles, and every now and again Klaus would point something out to us. We saw angel fish, a blue-spotted stingray, a large Titan Trigger fish, a moray eel and many more that we couldn't identify - that will have to be the next thing we learn about.
We felt very proud of ourselves by the time we had finished - it has been well worth going to school for. We decided to celebrate by having a couple of drinks at a really relaxed little beachside bar not far from our bungalow. We sat on floor cushions, sharing a bucket(!), watching the locals spinning and throwing fire sticks on the beach - very spectacular to watch, and all under the gaze of a brief full moon. We watched the lightning across the bay, figuring eventually it would reach us, and sure enough when we were eating a meal later we were surrounded by a spectacular thunderstorm.