06.03.2012 - 08.03.2012
Day 43 – Tuesday 6th March
Had a pretty ###### day today, started off awfully as I just couldn’t sleep and I hate to get up at 7. And I went through all this to arrive at the dive centre and wait around for 2 hours for my instructor to turn up. Today I was doing my first aid course, something you have to renew every 2 years, so I knew all the #### and only really needed a quick refresher to get signed off and be on my way. But when my instructor eventually did turn up she didn’t really get that and I had to go through all the bullshit that I know already. And even though she turned up so late, she still took the piss when she got there, every 20 minutes she had something else to do and was like take a 30 minute ‘break’ yeah cheers for that because sitting around waiting was tiring enough! So what should only take 2-3 hours took me 9 (from 8 until 5) so the entire day was wasted for nothing. I managed to speak to another guy doing his divemaster course, and he said all the stuff they were telling me was bullshit and it’s not actually so bad, and most importantly I don’t have to be there all day as I first thought, although you do have to start at 6:30 every day. Looking forward to just getting in the water and getting started tomorrow to see what it’s all like. So I’m up at 6 tomorrow and everyday after that for at least a couple weeks, it’s unlikely, but I hope my mood picks up.
It’s only 9pm and here I am sitting in bed, missing out on all the fun parts of a holiday, and just hearing everyone else outside having a good time. I did have a pretty good day today though, in the morning I had to take a girl on a ‘discover scuba diving’ course, which involves carrying someone around a really shallow divesite to give them a taste of it all. It’s funny because you get a lot of Indians turn up who can’t even swim but still want to dive, ridiculous. It doesn’t really matter though, as you literally hold on to them the whole time and drag them through it. The first girl I took really loved it though, and it’s nice when people are so happy and so grateful when they come out of the water, shame I really don’t feel that excited about every dive anymore. I’m also treated as if I’m an instructor, so people all give you a lot of respect, and really appreciate your knowledge and skill, and it’s nice to sort of pass a bit of that on. My instructor for the course is also a really nice, chilled out guy which helps a lot. Had my 3rd dive today which involved me pretending to be an instructor and teaching my instructor all the skills step by step. It’s quite hard as everything is second nature and I need to teach him as if he’s a retard, rather than just showing him I can do all this ####. It’s hard to get use to but it’s part of it I guess, but when I have actual students I’m sure it will be a lot easier to treat them as idiots and tell them everything over and over very slowly. Got back, and spent the evening sorting out all the decorations for tomorrow (which is Holi) pretty excited about it as it should be a pretty insane day, hopefully I finish earlier than I did today (5pm).
It was Holi today! Such a nuts festival, I’d recommend people to google it to sort of get an understanding of what it’s all about. But basically people just throw this colourful powder and water at you constantly, so everyone’s just walking around with their clothes, hair, face and arms, and just about everything covered in a ton of different colours. It’s impossible to walk down the road without getting pelted, and when I got back from my dives, everyone was just sitting there and waiting to attack. Got to the dive centre for 6:30 and my first group had cancelled so I spent 4 hours waiting for the next dive, so annoying that I couldn’t go to the main market to really experience the insanity of Holi. Loving that feeling when you finish a dive and your student is in awe of it all, even though it’s literally the worst dive you can do (only 8ish metres deep and a stone’s throw from the shore). But as I say they absolutely love you and even though these people are middle aged they completely respect a 19 year old and are so interested in all the places I’ve been and the crazy #### I’ve seen. Managed to get finished at 1 today, so I had a chance to get back and get drunk before the big Holi party at a place 5 minutes from here on the beach. It was really cool, our decorations really made the place look nice and there were proper speakers with Djs and a big fire and stuff. And all of this on a crystal white beach. Unfortunately it got to about half 7 and I was just too tired from these early wake ups, so I got back and tried to get all the colour off me, unsuccessfully, then went to bed nice and early ready for my long day tomoz. I won’t finish until around 7 as I have a night dive to do as well as the usual day dives.