I was in town for a wedding (surprise) and had two mornings for diving.
Since I have some, but not a ton of dives, under my belt, I thought I'd see if I could get nitrox certification while I was out. Emailed Sean, who was responsive (unlike another dive shop I'd tried to contact), and got on the schedule. Easy and simple.
With my e-learning out of the way, I flew in, and the next morning, Krystal showed up right on time to drive me out from Waikiki. We picked up a couple of their club divers, also in Waikiki, and off we went. I really liked how they have a bit of community going on with the dive club (local folks can pay an annual fee and dive for a discounted rate). Made me feel much more like I was just going for a dive with some cool folks, as opposed to following the herd of tourists.
It's a pretty good sign that one of their club divers is actually a visitor - he only comes out a couple times a year, but he likes it so much, it's worth it for him to join.
On to the dives.
Day 1 was the Corsair, which was plenty cool (plane underwater!). Got the nitrox done with this one, which went without a hitch.
Day 2, we dove some sunken barges, wherein we had a little more adventure.
From the very top, Krystal called it - "We got sharks!"
Descending, we did have two white tipped reef sharks, lurking underneath the barge, swimming to and fro. A third one was resting on the ocean floor, next to the barge. As we got closer, it stayed motionless (sleeping?) but it became apparent from it's shredded left gill, and the fishing line tangled behind it, that it was pretty well stuck.
After some hand signalling revealed that no one had a knife/scissors/pliers, someone went back to the boat (from 100 ft under) to grab some. Somehow, Krystal managed to not spook the shark while she snipped the line further up. It took the poor guy a few seconds to realize he was free, but once he did, he gracefully straightened out, and slowly moseyed off into the blue. One of the more beautiful things I've seen, ever.
Sure, we saw turtles, eels, etc. But how many times can you say your dive crew saved a shark?
(Note: Since they are small, lend a hand with loading/unloading gear! Not required, but I'm sure it's appreciated.)