We are still here at Aore. We did some more
diving. The second dive we did was a deep decompression dive. That means you
have to wait some extra time before surfacing. For this dive we had to stop 2
minutes at 30 feet, 3 at 20 and then 5 at 15 for a dive that went to 140 feet
for 20 minutes. Then there was the extra safety stop which at least was at a
lovely coral “garden” with tons of fish, especially anemone fish.
Most people also do a 2 or 3 minute safety
stop at 10-15 feet (as recommended by the Dive organizations) for every dive,
even if it is not a decompression dive. But the
The second dive was awesome – we went to
the bow of the ship – looked at the Captains quarters and the guns. Again
there is tons of stuff scattered around the wreck. We went into some fairly
tight spaces and my tank got hung on some low doorways. I am not great at small
closed spaces and I relaxed once we got out of the inside of the ship.
Today we have to do some school and house
work. Jonah is doing well with his reading. It seems to be suddenly clicking
with him and we are making good progress. He is whizzing thru the Calvert Math
program to get to the point where he is actually at – somewhere halfway
through the year. The educational materials are ok – they are helpful but so
much of the material presumes life in
I have been reading the Harry Potter books to Jonah and he is loving it. We are on book 3 and he begs me to read more chapters all the time. I do about 2 or 3 a day. The second book was so exciting at the end, we stayed up till 10 pm one night so we could finish it. Yesterday in school we used a quill and ink and made a magic scroll. Last night we jumped around the couch when Harry won a Quidditch match (if you don’t know – don’t ask). Jonah is amazed that one author wrote all this stuff out of her imagination – it has impressed him greatly. He loves to play with the books – he takes all four of them from the shelf and leafs thru them, sorts the ones we have read and looks at the ones we haven’t.