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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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After a bit of discussion with Phil the scuba instructor we decided to do the advanced open water course while we were there. We have been meaning to do this for awhile now but never really had the time. For our first dive we decided to keep it simple and do the “Boat Dive” elective which seems a bit stupid when most of our 100 plus dives have been from a boat.

Dive site was called “The Wall Hideaway” where we dived to about 19m with great visibility and a warm 28 degrees celcius water temperature. Reef fish were swarming us from all directions expecting to be fed. It seems the snorkellers feed the fish in this part of the world. Was a nice relaxing dive with enough to see so that 45 minutes underwater disappeared all to quickly. Then it was a quick trip back to shore for dinner so we could get ready for the night dive.

After gearing up at the Hideaway dive shop it was a 20m walk down the beach to walk straight in as the sun set. the good part was it was just the two of us and the dive instructor on the dive. For our light source we were using the lights from our camera set up and it was lighting up an area far larger than a torch.

During our short 30 minute dive we saw a variety of reef fish, shrimps, Hermit crabs and sea cucumbers. The highlight was seeing a massive sea snail eating a sea cucumber which we even managed to get a picture of. All in all a nice fun dive and specialty number 2 crossed off our list to get our advanced open water.

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