Since starting the IDC (Instructor Development Course) there’s been hardly any downtime to catch my breath. The days have felt long and the nights longer with studying and homework. My homestay mum is up at the crack of dawn every day to cook a typical “Tico” breakfast for her husband. I sleep above the kitchen and the blender goes off at 5.30am everyday without fail. After cocooning my head with the sponge pillow for another hour, I eventually fall out of bed at 6.30am.
Quepos is a beach town that lies around three hours outside of Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. It’s my home for the next seven weeks and where I’ll be working and training for my scuba Instructor Development Course (IDC). At the far end of the town is the shiny newish marina with million dollar yatchs carefully docked next to each other and expensive semi-empty restaurants and shops.
Anyone who has been on a live-aboard will understand the importance of good company. You’re living in unbelievably close quarters, sharing meal times and down time together. If it goes pear-shaped the temptation to drown your fellow shipmates is high. Out at sea, in confined spaces everything is heightened. Komodo in Indonesia was my first experience last July which was amazing. I loved the people I met – all Europeans – and I am still in contact with them regularly swapping dive stories.
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Selecting a term
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