Bas Gets Certified – As a Diver

December 3rd, 2009 at 9:57 am (AST) by Jake Richter

I had a nice father-son afternoon yesterday here on Bonaire. I took Bas for his final certification dive to upgrade his PADI Jr. Scuba Diver certification to a Jr. Open Water Diver certification. The big difference between the two certifications is that as a Jr. Scuba Diver he must dive with a divemaster or instructor (like myself), whereas as a Jr. Open Water Diver, he can dive with any other certified Open Water Diver (like his mom), and he can dive a little deeper (40 ft. vs. 60 ft.). So, congratulations Bas!

We joined our friends Seb and Mary at the Belmar Apartments a mile or from our home here, suited up, and went in for our dive. We swam out on the surface for about 100 yards to an orange buoy and then did our descent without reference, which was one of the exercises Bas still needed to do. He and I then performed the additional exercises he still needed to complete to finalize his certification, and we then enjoyed the underwater scenery, including a myriad of fish, crustaceans, an eel and even a seahorse that Seb and Mary had found on a prior dive.

Some of the photos are below, with the rest on my Flickr page.

Bas entering the water to go diving

Bas entering the water to go diving

School of grunts

School of grunts

Male peacock flounder

Male peacock flounder

Bas explores the underwater world of Bonaire

Bas explores the underwater world of Bonaire

Fish eyes

Fish eyes

A flamingo tongue snail on a soft coral

A flamingo tongue snail on a soft coral

Surreal white seahorse with flamingo tongue in background

Surreal white seahorse with flamingo tongue in background

A sharp tailed eel plays peek-a-boo

A sharp tailed eel plays peek-a-boo

 

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4 Responses to “Bas Gets Certified – As a Diver”

  1. Angela Says:

    Good job Bas, I’m proud of you!

  2. Mercy Says:

    Congrats Bas! What a place to grow up and live in, beautiful Bonaire. Still never seen a seahorse whilst snorkeling. Am going to the new Seahorse exhibit at the Scripps Aquarium here in San Diego soon, as that is the only way I get to see one!

  3. Dad Ota Says:

    Hi Bas! Oma and I are proud of you. You are really a courageous man. The deepest where I have been under the water was, when I put my head under the surface in our bathtub. Congratulations!

  4. Ellie Tappan Says:

    Congratulations, Bas. What beautiful scenes to view!