Despite the long hours we had a pretty smooth day of transport, spending a total of $40 between us including food, so finally a travel day that didn't blow the budget! The border crossing at El Poy caused us only one problem, when Ty temporarily misplaced a tiny piece of paper which you have to hand in to a security guard as you cross from El Salvador into Honduras, but otherwise was pretty straightforward. The bus from San Salvador drops you pretty close to the border check point, and its only a couple of minutes walk from there through to the Honduras migration office.
After a rollercoaster ride on the boat aptly named the 'vomet comet' we arrived on Utila and braced ourselves for the onslaught of dive shop representative's we had been told to expect. We had done a bit of research before hand and had emailed Captain Morgan’s Dive Centre. We still intended to check everyone out but after talking to them all and looking at a couple we decided to just go with Captain Morgan’s. They are all pretty much of a muchness...dive course, free accommodation and two fun dives at the end... and we were hot and tired so couldn’t be bothered walking around anymore.
I was feeling pretty shattered from our long travel day and lack of sleep and was hoping to give my stitches another day or two to heal before knocking them around with the dive mask but unfortunately for me an open water course had started that day and it was either get caught up that night on all the theory, or wait another 3 days for the next course. We need to start heading south if we are going to make it to Chile for our flight home so not wanting to wait another 3 days I sucked it up and settled in for 3 hours of terribly cringe worthy PADI theory videos that night and was ready for my first confined water dives the next morning. Ty did his open water course about 13 years ago so had only signed up for a refresher, but he sat in on the theory videos with me to see how much he could remember.
The next morning our instructor Shane showed me, Alvoro and Sienna how to put our gears on and took us about 20m offshore where we learnt how to breathe underwater using the tank and the regulator, what to do if we lose our equipment under water and safety techniques in the worst case scenario of something going wrong.
It’s such a cool experience breathing underwater, but it is so hard to describe! I have a lot of trouble when we go snorkelling clearing water from my snorkel, and always end up choking myself, so I was pretty nervous about using the regulator, but it’s actually so much easier and didn’t cause me any problems.
To be continued....