I've officially finished my PADI Open Water diving course. I got an official little card and everything. (Dear Mom, watch out for my permanent diving ID card in the mail sometime in the next couple of months)
Today's dives were much more fun than yesterdays (I'll tell you about that in my next Thank You blog). There were at least a hundred divers in the water today as word got out that a Whale Shark had been spotted in the area. We were told that it's rare to spot one. Let me tell you that it was magical to swim along side this massive fish (4m long). He had about eight little pilot fish following along, feeding off of his scraps. Swimming along at 15m/50ft below the surface was such a new sensation for me. A completely different world.
I wish it wasn't so expensive to dive elsewhere. I'll have to see what I can scrape up to dive in Australia and New Zealand. We're off to celebrate our completion of the course tonight. Tomorrow we rest and the next day we do five more dives for the Advanced Open Water certification (30 meter dive!). Man, I'm tired... and sunburned.