Davide that sailed with us from The Canaries to Martinique is back onboard. He is going to sail with us up north for a while and meanwhile also training me to become a better diver. Davide that has been working as a dive instructor for many years is doing his best to upgrade my current license to a dive-master license.
We don’t have a dive compressor on board (yet) so we had to rent 4 bottles in Le Marin before we sailed down to “the diamond rock” to begin my course. When we arrived to the “rock” after an hour of sailing we had more than 25 knots of wind and big waves so it was impossible to stay there on anchor meanwhile diving so we continued 4 miles north until we reached a calm bay.
We did two dives together before we met up again with the Swedish guys from the boat Rayola for a late night dinner in a village called Anse D Arlets. We decided to take the much smaller boat Ryola to the dive site this morning, it´s a lot lighter and does not require good holding to stay on anchor. 6 guys plus 15 dive bottles on that small 27 feet sailing boat is an impressive load and I am really impressed of the guys and their boat.
We did two excellent dives together at the diamond rock. It is pretty extreme to use a 27 feet Vega in rough waves as a diving platform but with Davide´s “know how” it all felt very safe and controlled. Besides that we dived trough a really cool cave we saw a lot fish and we also had the privilege to hang out a couple if minutes with a HUGE sea turtle.
The plan is to equip the boat with dive compressor and dive equipment’s so that we and our guests can enjoy the good life both above and under the surface.