Discovering Scuba Diving

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Starfleet Scuba

Yesterday I had made a reservation at a Scuba diving place called Starfleet Scuba. They offer various courses but as a beginner I had two options -- an introductory half day "Discover Scuba" course or a three day "Open Water" certification course. One can start with the intro course and have it count towards the certification. I decided to do that because if I went for certification, I wouldn´t have time to do much else while I am in Bocas.

It started with a 20 minute instructional video followed by instruction of basic techniques in the water next to the dock.  Next, they took me out on a dive with my instructor guiding me the entire way. There were three other divers who went with us -- a British women who lives in Argentina, a Spanaird and a guy from the US who had been traveling through Central America for 2 months.

View from a restaurant next to my hotel
Since they were all certified divers, the went of on their own, wheras I stuck closely to my instructor. My instructor was really good although not particulary friendly above water (perhaps he wasn´t comfortable with his English which was adequate for teaching Scuba diving).  He took me around so I could see lots of fish, a lobster, an eel, and some Manta Rays! I think I also so a crab and a stingray but I´m not 100% sure. The Rays were my favorite. They would lie at the bottom covered with a thin layer of sand until we got closer and then they would swim away. I definately want to get certified sometime but since I don´t have a lot of time, I think I won´t continue with the certification now. The American that went on the dive had just gotten certified the day before and he was telling me that it entailed a lot of learning different techniques and it sounded like a lot of work. This was his first dive where he got to relax and explore.

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Starfleet Scuba
Starfleet Scuba
View from a restaurant next to my …
View from a restaurant next to my…