2004-03-11 :: Moving Over to Big Sands
When we woke up this morning, we didn't have too much planned
for the day. The main thing was that Mr. Bipolar wanted Pete to come
down to the dive shop to do a few cert dives. The rest of us were
happy to take it easy for the day, since the last few days had been
pretty action packed.
Pete crams by reading Tim's diving magazines
"NO! I say pink form goes LAST"
As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, Amy and I reserved a room at
the Big Sands hotel for the last two days of our stay. It's not that
Tim and Cambria's place wasn't great, we just wanted to check out the
hotel to see if it was as cool as it looked. Plus, the thought of
taking a hot shower the morning before our long flight home made it
tough to pass up. Anyways, the five of us caught a van over to the
hotel this morning. We figured that we might as well make the most of
the hotel's amenities today. We pretty much spent most of the morning
lounging about on the porch, watching the island birds choke down the
leftover table scraps we fed them.
Each room has its own patio
Nice couches, too
And friendly neighbors..
When it was mid-afternoon, Pete headed back over to the dive shop
so he could complete his SCUBA certification lessons. When we met up
with him later, he told us that the lessons seemed to be stuff the
dive master was making up on the spot. Sure he did the normal things
they ask you to do (i.e., clear your mask, practice your emergency
ascent), but then there were a few odd things. Like "ok, swim as far
as you can underwater, holding your breath, and I'll tell you if it's
far enough". The best was that the guy told Pete with a straight face,
"ok, I want you to swim over to that guy's boat over there, unscrew
his propeller, and bring it back to me." Pete wanted to know what his
cut of the action would be.
Since the previous dives had gone pretty well, our gang tossed
around the idea of trying out a night dive. The concept of diving at
night is pretty scary- in addition to worrying about all the normal
problems (like breathing underwater), you have the added problem of
not being able to easily see what's around you. Sure you bring a light
along with you, but the light only goes in the direction you point
it. Plus what about all those creepy things that live in the water and
only come out at night?