Hello again 🙂 I have completed my AOW course recently! But first, I had to do a deep dive and chose a night dive as the last one of the course. The deep dive took place nearby Zurrieq, not far from the famous Blue Grotto. This time it was Tim from the Netherlands, Tara from England, Thomas from France and I guided by Richard. We all dived on Nitrox (I forgot to mention that I had completed the Enriched Air course – thanks for teaching me, Oz!) and, for that reason, Rich took two dive computers, one set for nitrox and the other, for air, just to show us the difference in no decompression time for these two gas blends at about 30 meters. He also took an empty plastic bottle in order to demonstrate air compression due to higher pressure at depth and a colour palette so that we could see ourselves that colours vanish as one descends. The dive involved a thrill of going deeper, yet, it was excitement rather than stress:) I am waiting to experience other deep dives!
And then… the night dive! The one I had been waiting for with the greatest impatience. It seemed to me that this kind of dive would be completely different from the rest and I wasn’t wrong. I wasn’t disappointed at all! We (Valentino, his friend instructor, Sam, Dan, Tim, Thomas, Yeliz from Russia and I) started assembling our kit at 7.30 p.m., during the day light. Next, Valentino explained to us how to use torches and how not to get separated underwater. We entered water as soon as the sun began to set. First we had to carry out a navigation exercise (Valentino knows it isn’t my favourite one;)) and then we set off to search for marine life that is more active at night, such as octopi or cuttlefish. Before the dive, Alan challenged as and wanted to know how many octopi we would spot, since his record is 13. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to beat that. I spotted 3, but they all seemed very intimidated by our presence and the light from our torches. However, the most thrilling experience was switching the light off (or just covering the torch with a hand), trying to see anything in the dark and waving a hand gently to see fluorescent plankton, just as Juan advised me to do. This experience seemed completely surreal and that is why I will be coming back to this memory every now and then. Thanks, Divewise, for such great memories!