I was all stoked yesterday about how I was cutting down the price of this trip and of course, today yet another thing came up that I forgot about. I had previously thought (I don’t know why) that you had to take the Emergency First Responder course, but that the Emergency First Responder INSTRUCTOR course was optional. Nope. Turns out it’s not. So that’s another $450 back on. Up to $5,425.
Small success: sold a handbag for $35! Down to $5,395.
Another small success: again, due to my extreme ghetto-ness of only working 5 months last year, my HST credit from the BC government has kicked back in. Unfortunately it doesn’t start until August, but that means the next August 1, October 1, January 1 and April 1 I will get $128 deposited into my bank account. I am sure that will come in very handy in Roatan.
I went with a local dive shop to the UBC pool tonight on a scuba review course so that I could try out my new BCD. I couldn’t believe how different the quality of instruction was here compared to Roatan. Which way did your brain go? Did you assume I meant it was better here? IT WASN’T. I was shocked actually. I assumed that the quality of instruction I got from the two different shops I went to in Roatan was standard, because my instructors were amazing and so were all the other instructors I got to see every day. I thought they were all like that! Turns out, no. I watched the open water class, an advanced class and the scuba review I was in and I saw instructors rushing through demos, letting students stop before accomplishing the skill, ignoring mistakes and couldn’t answer questions that students had. Scary.
This made me even more sure that I want to be an instructor – some people are meant to teach and some aren’t. I love teaching. And I am going to be exactly like my instructors from West End Divers and Reef Gliders!