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
Emergency O2 Provider
Enriched Air Nitox
AWARE Fish ID
AWARE Coral Conservation*
*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:
- I dived with Manatees
- I completed AGRRA Training
- I became a Scientific Diver
- I became a volunteer for BREEF and The Nature Conservancy
- I learned to free dive and dove to 75ft
- 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.