Our two new PADI Open Water Scuba Divers had three full days of classroom, confined water training and open water training, but they conquered it all! Congratulations Dayton and Ron! You two did a fantastic job!
On the third day, we sailed out on the Kahala Kai to finish the final Open Water dives for their certification. It was a sunny, very hot day and the boat was buzzing with activity and anticipation for the afternoon charter. As Dayton and Ron suited up and put their gear together, we road out to our first dive site – Turtle Canyons. The visibility was good and we zoomed through some surface skills. After that, we descended down to the bottom to work on buoyancy. Ron floated in mid water like a pro and after some fine tuning, Dayton hovered beautifully. After other underwater skills, we went exploring. We arrived at the cleaning station where a big Hawaiian Sea Turtle and a smaller Hawaiian Sea Turtle were getting cleaned by black trigger fish. Turtle Canyons is almost always a great spot to see some turtles!
After boarding the boat and taking apart gear, we cruised over to our final dive – Nautilus Reef. The visibility was over 40 feet and immediately in the water, we saw a HUGE STING RAY! It was incredible to see such an amazing creature flapping its fins and swimming off into the distance. Dayton and Ron were also excited to see such a rare animal in this area. As we floated down to the bottom, the ray was gone and the dozens of sea urchins sprinkled on the bottom. We avoided them with care and began our last underwater skills. Ron once again rocked the hovering and Dayton navigated us beautifully back to the boat!
Overall, we had a great day and it was a pleasure to dive with you Dayton and Ron!
Mahalo and I will see you in the water soon!
Jeanie – Master Scuba Diver Traier