Day 7-8: Sunsets and Advanced Diving

Trip Start Jan 10, 2013
Trip End Jun 06, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Guanacaste,
Sunday, February 10, 2013

Day 7-

Well rocking up back to my apartment at dawn the next day and the extremely exhausting week I've had totally permitted me to get up at 17:13pm today. Yes I realise that's actually evening but to quote a rather famous movie, "frankly my dear, I don't give a damn'. It was definitely needed and actually pretty wonderful. Except for the time I woke up, dying from alcohol poisoning, so hot I thought I would die and completely unable to make the air con work. To be fair it was lucky I didn't get up because it was so hot outside (according to my occasional bathroom trips) I probably would have spontaneously combusted thanks to the amount of alcohol swimming in my blood stream.

However, feeling fragile, at 5:30 I did get up and actually managed to leave the house to go and meet Laura, Tom and their friend Leo. Not before discovering that some arsehole, who should rot in hell by the way, had eaten my LAST packet of salt and vinegar discos. Outrage!!! Tom was somehow managing to drink again but I cleverly stuck to water knowing I would be doing my navigation dive tomorrow, and let's face it even when I'm sober I'll probably manage to swim the wrong way. So yeah that was pretty much it for day 7!

Day 8-

So today is the day! Today I finally do my navigation dive. Dum dum dum! Apparently I'm also doing my wreck and deep dive today too...busy, busy! We got the navigation out of the way first, I was told that I swim too fast when I was measuring my kick cycles, I pointed out this wasn't intentional and if anyone has seen me walk anywhere, well I'm basically running. The hardest bit of the dive is navigating a square, I had to do this by swimming in one direction for 30 metres and then turning 90 degrees and repeat till I made a square and got back to the start point. My maths is not great and by the fine I got to the third turn I was like, oh my god have I done this wrong??! But no there was the mooring line, my start point. Navigation, check.

Next we did my wreck dive at the same site. It's not exactly hard to do these wrecks. They're basically fully intact and you basically just swim around it and tada! It was absolutely freezing at the wreck though and I was wearing two wetsuits, I was very happy to get back in the sun! We did the deep dive after and saw like 6 rays altogether. The deep dive is pretty easy too as you literally go to 30m do some skills and your done. We then swam about at a much shallower area (necessary after a deep dive) and saw a huge trigger fish. I also found a yellow bellied sea snake and we saw a zebra eel which they don't see too often. I was also very happy because I spotted a sea snake on the surface too before the dives, it was very cool. Everyone was really lucky not to get stung today though as there were hundreds of jellyfish in the water, I wish that was an exaggeration but seriously there we hundreds. Never have I been so glad that my ears were well behaved today when I was going down through clouds of them.

After the dives I finally watched the Emergency First Response video which is the next stage after my advanced towards my divemaster. It basically tells you what to do in emergency situations but is mostly kind of boring. Parts of it were actually quite amusing though as apparently even when I.e. playing basketball and someone has a heart attack, they just happen to have the protective gloves and mouth shield for CPR handily in their pockets. I think not. Apparently you also have to say, "Hello, my name is...., I am an emergency first responder, may I help you?" every single time you do anything. It was an American made video and is necessary so you don't get your ass sued, however you're even meant to say it when your grandma has keeled over and can't breathe. Which seemed a bit OTT.

Tonight, Andrew, has invited us to his amazing house he is renting. Seriously I want this house, it has a gorgeous view over the bay, an infinity pool, sleeps 14 and has been built into the hill and incorporated the hill into the design. It is seriously lush. Me, Tom, Laura, Maurin and Lee all went up (although Laura almost got left behind with their lift as she didn't hop on the back of the truck in time) and we watched the sun set and pretty much just ravaged Andrews house like locusts as he's leaving tomorrow and needs the food and drink gone. I was not complaining to take some nachos and cookies home! After spending some time chilling I got Tom and Andrew to come into town for "one drink," clearly this was never going to happen. 5 drinks later and around midnight I rolled back into the flat before things got too out of hand so I didn't die diving tomorrow. It was a really lovely evening, now I just have to break into the house and claim squatters rights. They have that in Costa Rica right?
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