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Next morning saw us up early for some quick study over breakfast. It was time for the big one…..Underwater Navigation. For some reason this one had us a bit nervous having never really learned about using a compass. In the end, once it was explained to us it became more interesting rather than worrying.

Working through the various exercises helped us learn about distances travelled underwater and keeping to an accurate direction. We were also taught to take more careful notice of things around us as we travelled along so as to have natural undersea features to use as markers.

All in all, a testing dive where we learned how to navigate ourselves around rather than just relying on the dive guide as we usually do. Other divers on the reef at the time commented on how we looked like we were concentrating too hard.

This was our final dive to complete our Advanced Openwater Course…yahhh!!!!
These five dives were what we chose to do based upon the skills we wanted to gain. There are more electives and others may better suit your diving adventures.Thanks to Phil Jones of Hideaway Island Dive for his clear, professional instruction.

Now it was time to pack up our bags and leave Hideaway Island and head over to Port Vila.

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Day 3 and after a good breakfast it was time for our deep dive. Short trip out from the Hideaway Island dive shop to the dive site called Kathleen’s Mound. Backroll entry off the boat and a nice easy descent to 30 metres. Usual swarm of hungry reef fish at the upper levels of the descent.

Casual cruise around sighting a few nudibranch’s, lionfish, stone fish and a couple of large Titan triggerfish and a Clown triggerfish. Then a couple of basic exercises to recognise how we react at depth and it was time for a gradual ascent to a safety stop.At the safety stop we did another couple of exercises with an emergency tank to demonstrate low on air situations and then up to the surface and back onto the boat.

After a quick trip back to shore it was time for lunch at the Hideaway Island cafe. Lunch finished it was time for a quick bit of study so we could do our 3rd elective ” Peak Performance Bouyancy”. We decided to do this elective to help our underwater stability for photo taking.

This was an easy access shore dive at the Hideaway Island house reef called Oasis Shore. We both enjoyed the various exercises and feel it did help improve the way we move around underwater. More constant practice of what we learned should give even better results and a longer lasting air supply.

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