Advanced Open Water Course

The wind has calmed down but there is still much swell from the north remaining(;´・ω・) These two days we had an Advanced open water course(≧▽≦) Below, you can see my student practicing compass skills♪♪

We still had time to explore after skill practice♪♪ We swam over the corals and enjoyed the scenery☆

Then we did some more skill practiceす(; ・`д・´) Bouancy control♪ It’s one of the most important skills to master as a diver☆

We also met many different marine animals\(^o^)/ Below is a hovering Giant Cuttlefish.

We also swam by this big Stonefish・(;・∀・)

A Flounder♪

and a colorful Peacock mantis shrimp♪

This ribbon eel has been hiding in the same spot for quite some time♪♪ I hope it will get the chance to grow up and turn blue as an adult(;・∀・)

Today, we saw as many as five Green turtles♪This little one is still very young☆☆

Tomorrow we’re off for fun dives again(≧▽≦)

Fun dives Close to the Rainbow and Advanced Course☆

The waves created by the nearby typhoon have calmed down, but the weather in Ishigaki island is very busy with hard rain followed by blue sky(;^ω^)

Just as we anchored, a rainbow ended just by my senior’s boat(≧▽≦) 

We saw lots of different animals underwater today!!
At Manta point I had a good feeling as we jumped in and our divers got to see the Mantas\(^o^)/ Two of them at Manta scramble today☆ Nothing like Ishigaki’s Kabira Manta point♪♪

At Yonehara we found lots of different Macro☆ This Clown anemonefish fry was hiding in a bright white anemone♪ It looked like a winter landscape with the red and white(*^▽^*)

Talking about white and red, this is a little Parrot fish fry☆

A current exposed this Anemone crab from under the Anemone’s skirt☆

Lately, these Anemone partner shrimps are just getting more and more☆ As I approached it, it started to fiercely shake its little claws at me(;^ω^)

A Whip coral shrimp☆ They hid in a difficult spot and were not easy to see(´-ω-`)

We also saw different Nudibrances and flat worms!

Looks like it will be another day of hectic weather tomorrow(>_<)

Day 2 of Advanced Open Water Diver Course

The north wind is getting stronger and stronger in Ishigaki island(;´・ω・)

Today we did discover scuba dives and last day of advanced open water course(≧▽≦)
Perfect form on the Navigation dive! Good compass skills! A good team effort by my students\(^o^)/

Unfortunately, we couldn’t see any Manta rays today(T_T) but we did a lot of different dives and leveled up diving skills☆

We swam slowly and found some interesting macros (*^▽^*)
Like this Nudibranch♪ It has a beautiful blue edge♪♪

A picture of a Bubble coral shrimp taken with microscope mode on the camera☆

This Anemone shrimp was quite big and it didn’t need extra magnifying(;^ω^)

It was fun teaching the advanced course☆ Tomorrow, we will do fun dives in the morning and take a group och fun divers and discover scuba divers in the afternoon☆ It will be very busy, which is great!
I just wish the wind was calmer. Looking forward to another day of diving☆

Advanced Open Water Course☆

It’s been a while since I updated the blog(/ω\) The north wind has picked up in Ishigaki.

Yesterday and today we did the advanced open water course♪♪ We only had one student so we could take it slow and go through everything at our own pace☆

Even when we do courses, we still have time to see many different kings of marine life(≧▽≦)
This is a picture from the navigation dive with compass♪♪ After a short struggle with the compass, our student managed the dive\(^o^)/

We also went out to Manta point, but no mantas there(/ω\) However, the landscape of the site is really interesting and we had a good time exploring it☆

Lots of healthy corals grow in the shallow areas♪ This place is always so beautiful

A soft coral was growing on the clam, but as the coral is getting bigger and bigger… I wonder if it will be hard for the clam to open it’s shell? (;・∀・)

A stone fish had buried deep into the sand, waiting for it’s pray… or maybe just taking an afternoon nap(;^ω^)

In a deeper part of the reef on a rock was a bunch of Durban dancing shrimps(/・ω・)/ As the name implies, they look like they do a litte dance as they move♪♪

This Leafy scorpionfish sat on top of a rock, not camouflaged at all (;・∀・)

In an Anemone, there were lots of tiny baby Anemone Clownfishes♪♪ However, somewhat less compared to my last dive here (T_T)

We also saw many Nudibranchs\(^o^)/

Golden Week will start soon! Looking forward to lots of new meetings☆☆