First Dive

Gus first learned to scuba dive at Lake Pleasant in Arizona. That’s were he was certified but he wasn’t impressed with his beginning dive in the lake. He said the water was murky and bitter cold there in the lake! Since this was just before we left for the Caribbean in April of that same year, I’m sure he wasn’t exaggerating. He is a bit of a wimp (like me) when it comes to cold weather or cold water. That’s why we love to vacation in the Caribbean warm waters.

It was our maiden voyage to set sail on a four cabin catamaran that departed from St. Martin in the Nether Antilles. The water was around 80 degrees F, smooth and crystal clear.  To scuba or snorkel in these waters is a delight.  With salt water snorkel you just float along and casually view the sea creatures below.  Sometimes those sea creatures are the divers themselves.  Since this was Gus’ first dive, I think I was more nervous than he and snorkeled out to watch from above.

 
Checking the Tanks
Heading out to the Dive sight
Practice Shallow Water Descent
Right Off the Side of the Cat

We had a fantastic captain and gourmet cook. They spoiled us rotten with fine food throughout the day. After a dip in the sea we would be greeted with a spread of appetizers and spirited beverages. Each day we would pull anchor and set sail on the smooth waters surrounding the small islands in the Antilles then anchor again for lunch on a hidden cove.  After lunch, a leisure snorkel or walk on the beach..  we again set sail for the nights destination.  A perfect vacation for the work weary  who need a break from the rapid pace of everyday life.

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The Perfect Lunch Cove

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