21.03.2012 - 23.03.2012
Day 58 – Wednesday 21st March
Potentially the worst day I’ve had so far in all my travels. So I turned up to the dive centre 10 minutes late, no lie the first time I’ve ever been late and as I say it was only by 10 minutes! But my instructor was on his period or something, he was just in the worst mood from the start so he used this lateness as an excuse to be a d**k to me. No point in me going in to all the detail of what he was like all day but it was just unbelievable and I pretty much had to do everything as he sat there and slept, while all his students are asking me questions and one of them was terrified of going down so I had to give her a 10 minute pep talk and managed to get her down eventually. Anyway long story short he was being an a**hole. So it got to the end of the day and I had my debrief with him and my main instructor, and he sat there and just lied about everything I did all day right to my face! I don’t think I’ve ever been so angry at anyone, I don’t have time to waste days assisting instructors if they’re not gonna sign me off. Moving on, don’t want to talk about him anymore he doesn’t deserve my breath. After this episode, came back home to have a nap before dinner, and didn’t wake up till half 9, woops! I’d ordered a lobster the day before, which the guy at the restaurant had bought for me, but he was closed by then so I felt really bad. Katie and Mirel left today, so that’s it the entire group has gone, really depressing, this place has completely lost its vibe. So glad Dad is coming tomorrow, perfect timing.
Dad arrived today, really bizarre to see him, I haven’t seen anyone from ‘my previous life’ in 2 months. Woke up extra early today and had breakfast with the other divemaster and turned up nice and early to stick the finger up to that prat from yesterday. I was assisiting on an advanced open water course today with a Spanish guy and a French guy, so the instrusctor spoke in Spanish to one of them as I had to translate in to French for the other, a proper language nightmare, but it was all quite fun. Went on 2 pretty nice dives and she let me lead the second one which was quite nice. As I’ve said before I really like the teaching side of diving, and today was no exception, the guys were really interested and asked a lot of questions and were very happy to listen and learn. We were on the fast boat as well today so I didn’t finish so late as usual, and as it was just 2 dives it was a nice relaxing day which is exactly what I needed to get my head back on Divemaster track. So I got back in time to wait for Dad to get here off the ferry, and as I say it was very weird seeing him. We went for dinner at the fish restaurant and had that lobster I didn’t have yesterday, the first time I’ve ever had lobster. Honestly it didn’t really live up to the hype, and I’d rather save money and have a big fish instead. After this, I went to get my haircut as my clippers aren’t working at the moment, and boy did it feel good to have someone else cut my hair. I don’t think I’ve had my haircut in well over 2 years, I’ve always cut it myself and the guy was so good and gave me a little head massage after, all for like 50p, brilliant! Came back home, and had a nice early night for the first time in ages.
Craig (the other divemaster trainee) had his ‘snorkel test’ today, which involves them putting a blacked out mask and snorkel on you, and pour a selection of different alcoholic and other disgusting concoctions into the snorkel in beer bong fashion. Unfortunately, due to the fact that he has to lead a dive tomorrow without supervision they let him go easy and all night they were like ‘yours is going to be so much worse Joe haha’ yeah great cheers for that! Had a really nice day today, I was on a boat with a really cool group of people and we went to a couple cool dive sites and I lead one of the dives, which went very well, always nice to get something else signed off. Everyday I’m getting closer and closer to finishing can’t wait to be done and be able to tell people I’m a divemaster, so don’t f**k with me. Also I just want to have a lie in! I should be able to get everything done by the 28th, but more likely the 29th. It’s looking more and more likely I won’t have the time to visit any of the other islands in the andamans, despite the fact I will have been here over 4 weeks. It is a shame, but doing Divemaster will definitely be worth it in the long run, and this island is an absolute paradise so it doesn’t matter too much. Dad rented a motorbike, which is so useful, as well as being really fun as it’s been ages since I’ve driven one. It also means I don’t have to hitch hike everywhere and I can just get up and go when I want. We had fish again for dinner, had a massive kingfish today, that’s 7 days in a row now at the same restaurant as well!