Wow! what an experience. We were a mature couple - one advanced diver and one brand new one - scared and nervous!!!!! I needed to complete the open water section of the course. Polly picked us up and we arrived at the jetty with the rest of our gang for the week. We introduced ourselves and off we wooshed for an exhilarating one hour speedboat ride. The island loomed and it was so exciting, we were allocated rooms and had an enormous double room with en-suite and shower. Polly gave us a briefing about Reef CI and the conservation they are undertaking. We were blown away with the passion and belief in what this amazing lady was trying to achieve. Then it's diving - I'm scared witless but there is a lady at the exact same stage as me - my new bestest friend - Tina! The dive team are given their groups and we have this five foot, beautiful young girl - name of Tracy allocated to us. Poor Tracy - God help her! For our first dive wewent off the shore to get accustomed to the open water in the shallows. Tracy was amazing, like something from heaven our very own angel. She was gentle, supportive and so unbelievably professional, it made us feel safe and secure. Then it was lunch - lovely pasta and plenty of it. The dining area was two big tables and it was really nice to sit with different people each breakfast, lunch and dinner and chat. We were a group of 14 - full island capacity! There were seats to chill outside after dinner and enjoy a beer - an honesty bar, you just wrote down what one had! The island is small but magical. Everyone in the group jelled and we made some very special friendships. All the staff were fabulous. If diving is your thing - YOU MUST come and see Polly, Simon and Tracy - you will have the time of your life and an insight into how precious our oceans are. Polly your grit, tenacity and pure determination will see your dreams come true. Tracy you are in my heart and in my soul. We loved you and we miss you.
Anyway we made it through- we are both PADI Open Water Divers - a miracle from my perspective - it was so emotional and the most memorable experience in my life.
Keep up the amazing work guys.
Christine and Ian