JC’s Bonaire Dive Log: Karma.
Time for some fun at the Bonaire Regatta Boat Party!
Last night, while I was grilling something for dinner and pouring some wine, I received so many calls from dear friends giving me the heads up about the Regatta Boat Party!! Even while having dessert 🙂 my landlord’s nephew walked by with his wife and invited me to his yacht for the event. I started to think, then it must be my destiny to go and have fun!
But duty called, as I was scheduled to begin an AOW course the very next morning.
But the next day I was scheduled to start training 13-year-old Delaney with her PADI Advanced Open Water course. Delaney has been visiting Carib Inn since before she was even born, as her family is one of our dearest and oldest friends here at The Carib Inn. Delaney is cool and a smart kid, big time.
While on my way to work the next morning, I decided to talk with her and then schedule the two planned adventure dives beginning early in the morning. This way we would be done by around 2:00 PM, and I would be OK with both Delaney AND my friends at the yacht. So, off I went on my scooter, playing Jack Johnson to help smooth the ride.
At the end of this dive log, you will understand why it’s funny that this song was randomly played by the phone.
Adventure Dive #1
Adventure Dive #2
We headed down to the water to do underwater navigation, and, during the briefing, I explained to her that on Bonaire, navigation is way easier than most places, but the skills can still come in handy if one day you follow something amazing and end up away from the reef in the big blue, or, if making a deep water entry, and then following the compass to the reef. I’ve used my navigational skills here on Bonaire many times to explore the reef system here.
So what could surpass the morning’s dive? Well, our friend, the eagle ray, decided to come and visit again after our skills session was complete. We then decided to head away from the reef into the deep blue staying at 12 meters/40 feet, and navigating to the shore using the compass.
Here’s where the underwater madness started! First we spotted a fish bowl, and if that wasn’t impressive enough, a massive yellow fin tuna started striking the bowl! When I say massive, it’s because the tuna was bigger than Delaney and I put together! We watched this amazing creature behave as if we didn’t exist, and, when it took off, we took a deep breath and started to navigate to shore.
But suddenly two wahoo came swimming by and showed off by turning around right about 3 meter/10 feet in front of us! But we kept onward, and soon the tarpons came along, too!
Delaney looked at me, and right through her dive mask, I could see her intense happiness.
A sweet finish to the dive.
Jean Carlos Blanco, from Panama, joined the Carib Inn staff in August 2015. He has been a PADI Open Water instructor since 2012. His favorite courses to teach are Deep, Night, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Dive Master and Rescue. His special interests are ship wrecks, exploration dives and night diving.
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