While Desi and Agathe went to their big day of diving for the PADI scuba Open Water certification I stayed aboard and cleaned up a bit in the very windy and wavy conditions in the harbour. They had two dives planned, one in the morning and another in the afternoon to learn the underwater skills required for the Open Water certification and then, to cap it off, they had to take the written examination in order to finally get their certification.
I headed over to the dive centre after I saw the boat zoom by and saw a number of guests but no Agathe and no Desi - I asked if they'd been lost on the way and was told that they had indeed returned but were doing the final swim tests at the beach and when they returned I could see that they were tired from the strenuous day's work but elated, and once they'd done their written examination they were truly happy!
We headed back to the boat, had a celebratory bottle of bubbly and subsequently headed to Calmos Café for dinner (which we didn't have) and drink (which we did). Stu came by and we left the bar just after 2am and returned, on somewhat wobbly legs, to the boat.

Zanshin dinghy garage reorganized Although it still looks unseamlike, it was much worse before I cleaned it up a bit this day.
(2012-03-01 15:39:55 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/400s] ISO 100 Focus 2.24m)
Zanshin dinghy garage reorganized
Spectra watermaker filters cleaned Once again, I'm soaking the filters in dishwashing detergent in the hopes of getting one more use out of them before discarding them.
(2012-03-01 15:39:09 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 1.12m)
Spectra watermaker filters cleaned
Desi and Agathe are Desi and Agathe doing their super-secret PADI suba sign for "I'm OK" (or could it mean "I'm a Shark"?)
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Desi and Agathe are "OK"
Surfer dude (Sean) Sean, who is apprenticed at Octopus Diving, doing his surfer-dude impression.
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Surfer dude (Sean)
Octopus diving beachfront One of Octopus Diving's boats off the beach in Grand Case, St. Martin
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Octopus diving beachfront
Sign at Octopus diving To boat, what more needs to be said?
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Sign at Octopus diving
Octopus diving kid The litte kid at Octopus Diving is a very curious pet, nibbling at just about anything he can get his teeth to, including my backpack.
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Octopus diving kid
Agathe and Desi with Stu Agathe and Desi taking the PADI Open Water Diver final examination and getting instructions from their instructor, Stu(art).
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Agathe and Desi with Stu
Octopus Diving garden The staging / loading / garden area of Octopus Diving in Grand Case, St. Martin.
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Octopus Diving garden
Diving regulators being cleaned Two regulators on the bench after being soaked and cleaned.
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Diving regulators being cleaned
Desi, Agathe and Stu Desi and Agathe with their PADI sensei after successfully passing the Open water certification.
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Desi, Agathe and Stu
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