End of May Open Water Course

Ishigaki still has rainy season weather, but we got some sun too during the Open Water Course(≧▽≦)
We had three students joining us from the Neatherlands♪♪ From the first day at the beach, they all did very well during the course☆

Great visibility in Yonehara(^o^)/ We stopped to take a group picture♪

Practicing compass skills(/・ω・)/

Unfortunatley, the manta rays didn’t want to show up for the course this time(;´・ω・)

But we met many other friendly sea creatures, like this Clown anemonefish♪

And a Banded seasnake swimming righ at us!(;^ω^)

3 new divers got certified today(≧▽≦) Congratulations!!! I hope they will enjoy many more dives from now on♪

Manta Rays on Open Water Course?!

The swell has gone down somewhat and a gentle breeze is blowing over Ishigaki island(≧▽≦)

However, the wind is changing to north and from tomorrow we cannot go out to Manta point(;´・ω・)

Today’s student leveled up her PADI scuba diver license to Open water diver! We did one dive in Osaki and one at Manta point☆☆

We descended slowly and did lots of skill practice! (≧▽≦) Of course, we also made time for exploring the reef♪♪

The visibility is back to normal♪ We also saw the Batfishes but it was a small school today(;・∀・)

There were also lots of tiny Nudibranchs! We can usually find many of them in this area during the winter(/・ω・)/

Today, we saw lots of Manta rays at Manta city, I believe there were 3 different individuals(^ω^)
“Let’s finish the compass skills and then rush off to the Mantas!” I thought. However, the Manta ended up coming to us\(^o^)/ You can see it approaching☆

It really swam up close!! Feeling grateful to this amazing ocean giant♪

We also saw many Green turtles, this one was having a break on top of the reef(*^▽^*)

After watching the Manta rays, we enjoyed diving the landscape side of this dive site!

From tomorrow, we will be diving in Osaki and Nagura area♪ It’s been a long time and I’m excited to dive there again(*^▽^*)

Last Day of Open Water Course☆ With Sharks!

The wind is slowly getting calmer in Ishigaki island♪

Today was the last day of the Open water course(≧▽≦) We did lots of skill practice and my student’s is getting more and more confident for every dive☆☆
Of course, it is important to practice but we also had plenty of time to explore the sea♪ We saw many colorful fishes, such as these Clown Anemonefishes(*^▽^*)

Lots of Sea goldies and Blue-green damselfishes swam in and out of the corals(^O^)

At Yonehara east, we found two small Whitetip reef sharks. Recently, they’ve been hiding in the same place every time(;^ω^) I hope they will continue to stay here as they grow up… but by then they won’t fit in this small hole anymore(;・∀・)

No Manta rays at Manta scramble today((+_+)) I was trusting they would show up.. but then again, I always do(;´・ω・)
Of course, we also did skill practice at Manta Scramble.

Our Fun diving team saw a Spotted eagle ray\(^o^)/ I envy them♪♪♪

From now on the sea will continue to calm down☆ and soon the rainy season will end☆ Finally, the true summer will come♪♪

Second day of Open Water Course & Fun Dives♪ With Turtles ☆

The south wind is strong in Ishigaki island. But we have good shelter from it in Kabira area☆

We started the boat diving part of the open water course today(≧▽≦)
Before entering the water, my students did a proper buddy check!

Underwater, we first did our skill practice before going for a swim♪♪
A Green turtle looked comfy napping under a rock(^O^)

Then, the turtle suddenly swam straight towards one of our divers(;・∀・) It was surprising and a little bit scary, maybe it was a bit confused after just waking up(;´・ω・)

At Manta scramble, we saw two Manta rays right under the boat after jumping in(*^▽^*)
Unfortunately, my Open water students didn’t see them (T_T)
I was hoping the Mantas would come back, but sadly they didn’t this time… I hope we can see them tomorrow!

Theese Orange Anemonefishes entertained us while we waited for the Mantas♪♪
It’s not the same, but at least they are cute to look at(;^ω^)

The wind will be strong tomorrow again, but I’m looking forward to finishing the course and more fun dives on the boat☆☆

Fun Dives and First Day of Open Water Course☆

The south wind is blowing strong in Ishigaki island, I wonder if it will calm down soon(;´・ω・)

From today, we’re starting a new Open Water Course☆ We did first skill practice on the beach this morning(≧▽≦) From tomorrow, we’ll go out with the boat♪♪ More fun awaits☆

Our fun diving team joined another boat and went out to Yonehara and Manta point\(^o^)/
They floated over the corals♪♪

And saw lots of different Anemonefishes, they always bring a smile to my face(*^▽^*)

The second dive was at Manta city! After a long wait, nothing(;´・ω・) Bad luck today(/ω\)
Maybe the ring-eyed hawkfish also waited for the mantas(;・∀・) I hope we’ll get revenge tomorrow!

The wind continues to blow strong, but looking forward to diving again!