It’s been quite awhile since my last post and while I’m not one for excuses, I have been extraordinarily busy in this past month - I moved to a new country!
While the title of my blog doesn’t really apply anymore, I’ll be keeping it. I like it and let’s face it, Rome has a special place in my heart and I have no intention to never return to the Eternal City. With that said, it was time to move on, at least temporarily, from Italy. I finished my degree in May, I wrapped up my job over the summer, and said goodbye (or rather, “see you soon!”) in August to my boyfriend as he embarked on his own new adventure. In late August I hopped on a plane and made the move to Malta, specifically a town called St. Julian’s. I’m here to do my PADI Divemaster course and, fingers crossed, do the IDC (Instructor Development Course) as well in November. I should be leaving Malta in the beginning of December and heading to the Bahamas via a holiday stopover in the States to see friends and family. We’ll see! But anyway, this post isn’t about my travel plans it’s about, go figure, diving!
Since I arrived in Malta (exactly one month ago to the day!) I have completed 47 dives which has pushed me well past the minimum requirement to become a Divemaster. I’ve dived close to every single day that I’ve been here. I been working at a dive shop six days a week for close to 12 hours a day so needless to say, my “day off” is generally just a movie marathon! I’m loving it though. So far, this has been one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had the opportunity to be apart of. I’m learning a lot, not just about diving, but about small businesses and customer relations. This small internship will no doubt come in handy when it comes time to apply to other jobs. I can already tell the skills I’m using and learning here will be priceless to me in the future.
The diving here is brilliant - some days I’m just working in the center doing “Discover Scuba Dives” and check dives on our local house reef and other days I’m paired with an instructor to take customers out on pleasure dives or courses at sites around the island. While I won’t bore you by recounting every dive I’ve done, I’ll just name a few of my favorites so far!
About a week ago we did a night dive on the HMS Maori in Valletta during which we saw seahorses, flying gernards, crabs, eels, and so much more. In a place that is famous for it’s wrecks, it’s wildlife sure comes out at night! Another great dive took place on the P29 wreck (a German patrol boat) in Cirkewwa. This is one of my favorite wrecks but one particular dive on it was quite memorable because a storm rolled in during the dive and we could see lightening from underwater! (Don’t worry, the storm wasn’t a problem. We made it out without issue!) At another point in time I was fortunate enough to be able to go dive again in Cirkewwa with some one on one coaching from a truly fantastic diver and while we were there, we dived not only the P29 but the nearby Rozi tugboat wreck as well. For various reasons, not many people manage to do both wrecks in one dive but we did and I’ve never felt to excited underwater when we did it!
I could go on but the point is, so far Malta is amazing and the day to day activity that goes on at the dive shop is just incredible. From dealing with technical divers to brand new divers and everything in between (including a couple of paraplegic divers!) we see a bit of it all here. What’s more amazing, I’ve only been here a month! I can’t wait to see what the next few months bring.