First Days on the Island

Trip Start Apr 14, 1992
Trip End Ongoing

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Palm Place

Flag of Philippines  , Central Visayas,
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

 I finally made it to Malapascua after a 3+ hour car ride from Cebu to Danbaantayan then a half hour boat ride from there to the island. I was dropped off by the boat directly infront of the dive shop I was going to be interning at, Thresher Shark Divers (TSD). I was greeted by the manager of the dive shop, Dino, and given an orientation and was introduced to everyone else around. I soon realized I was surrounded by the English! (aside from one instructor from Ohio). All the staff, instructors, and interns were seemingly all from somewhere in the UK, and all seem to be in their mid to late 20's (interns at least), I'm definitely the youngest person here. After getting settled into my room at the Palm Place, which is the recommended housing for all instructors and interns at TSD, I have a free day to do whatever, but I'm not allowed to dive yet because I have to go through a SCUBA review. 

The next day I begin my Emergency First Response Training (EFR). Basically the course just teaches you how to deal with primary and secondary assessments in the same manner as any other medical professional, and how to keep the situation under control until any emergency help arrives. This course is required to become a rescue diver and divemaster. The course takes about 5-6 hours depending on how many breaks you take and how many scenarios you have to redo incase a mistake was made during it. So for all that time I was literally running in and out of a non airconditioned room, saying "Hello? My name is Nick and I'm an emergency responder! Can I help you?" checking for breathing then performing CPR resutling in me sweating profusely at the end of every scenario. At the end of it I had to take a final exam, which I passed then was congratulated for becoming an Emergency First Responder! Woo! 

After completing the EFR, I'm now qualified to begin my Rescue Diver course! 3 days of learning a ton of procedures and treatments followed by spending 2+ hours in the water constantly jumping in and swimming out and dragging people around and saving pretend dead people. Can't wait!
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