Reflections on 2014

New Year 2015 formed from sparking digits over black background

2014 has drawn to a close and it’s time to reflect on the goals that I set myself back in 2013.

I targeted myself to do the following:

Become a MSDT 
I achieved this in June 2014, and I can teach the following list of specialities
PPB*
Deep
Wreck
Navigation
Emergency O2 Provider
Enriched Air Nitox
AWARE Fish ID
AWARE Coral Conservation*
Project AWARE*

*All OWSI are able to teach these courses.

Become a better sidemount diver
I have completed over 100 sidemount dives in the Bahamas, on a variety of different sites: from beach dives, to boat dives, to cave dives.

Become a technical diver
I have started down the technical path, I completed my Advanced Nitrox course back in August, but I am limited in my depth and amount of deco that I can do.

Become a cave diver
Achieved in August this year in Abaco with the awesome cave instructor Brian Kakuk.

Dive some challenging wrecks
Failed on this one. I had hoped to do some diving in Florida and that would have allowed me access to much more challenging wrecks.

Dive in at least 4 countries that I haven’t yet dived in
I only managed to dive in the Bahamas and in the USA, so that makes a total of zero new countries. Perhaps 4 was a little unrealistic.

I also did some things of note:

  1. I dived with Manatees
  2. I completed AGRRA Training
  3. I became a Scientific Diver
  4. I became a volunteer for BREEF and The Nature Conservancy
  5. I learned to free dive and dove to 75ft
  6. I dived in my first quarry

So what are my goals for 2015

  • Complete 400 dives. I’ve just past 300 so it is doable.
  • Do at least 5 more cave/cavern dives.
  • Complete the majority of the certification requirements to become a Master Instructor.
  • Dive off of at least another island in the Bahamas.
  • Meet the requirements of Elite Instructor for 2015 (50 certs may be quite difficult to get. Fingers crossed as I think I should have 10 by the end of January)

2015 is going to see some big changes. I will be leaving the Bahamas behind in June and moving to greener pastures (I hope). I have enjoyed my time here, and I have flourished as a diver and as a dive instructor but it is time for a change of scene.

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