JC’s Dive Log–Karma

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

eagle_ray_feedingThe truth is that our first dive went so well, even a spotted eagle ray came and observed our mastering some Peak Performance Buoyancy skills! Once we were out of the water, I saw all the happiness and excitement about the experience glowing on Delaney’s face.  Of course, I couldn’t tell her all I had maneuvered in order to get the afternoon off.  After all, there’s no bigger joy than giving, right?!
We debriefed and went for lunch and planned to meet again at 1:00 PM.  I had already convinced myself that I would be 1000% on the dive with Delaney, and whatever happened after that would be welcome.  Que sera, sera!  What will be, will be!

Adventure Dive #2

We briefed and got the gear ready.  At this point, I was more excited than Delaney, I’ve analyzed my feelings, and I know that I’ve been given an opportunity and a blessing to pass my passion for diving to a new generation of divers, specially one like her.

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.


We headed up to 5 meter/15 feet  to do the safety stop, and there she was:  a Great Barracuda of approximately 1.5 meter/5 feet, once again bigger than Delaney.  We got a bit closer, and, as if it wasn’t enough already, another Great Barracuda of the same size–if not bigger–came close and the two of them started swimming circles around us before taking off in different directions. I have to admit–I’m a bit nervous around barracudas, so with my heart pounding, Delaney got back to the compass and took us straight back to the ladder of the pier!  We gave each other the signal to ascent, and once on the surface, we both just took our masks off and simultaneous said, “Whaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttt!!!!!”

True karma.

The day’s dive were amazing and completely worth the time we spent underwater.  I wouldn’t have changed the day at all.  We finished about 4:00 PM, and I went off to Coco Beach to meet my friends on their yacht.  But nobody was answering the phone, so I decided to ask a friend to zoom his camera onto the boat and figure out where they were. The first boat in the viewfinder happened to be my friend’s boat, so I arrived at just the best moment.  We had a great time at the Boat Party, and, best of all, I had a great story to share with everyone!
Here’s a little video about the Boat Party made by my friend with the camera.




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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