Two awesome dives today!
We plowed through our skills testing pretty quickly and then went off exploring on two 40 minute dives, examining a hiding octopus, lionfish, needlefish, spiny sea urchins, lobsters, tons of vividly colored coral and fish, and doing some way cool cave diving (parents: instructor-led). Our final dive was capped off with us swimming through a school of tropical fish and watching an eel snake across the ocean floor.
Note: I have to give some serious props to Amy. The only reason we got through our skills testing as quickly as we did was because she put in a good deal of time working through the mask removal and replacement. Breathing the ocean through your nose doesn’t work and can throw you into a panic 50 feet down. Amy put in a lot of pool time at the resort until she figured out what her sticking point was and came up with a creative solution to work around it. Great job! (Yes, proud husband.)
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