Arrived safely at Playa del Coco and started our PADI open water certification. Day 1 is back to school and learning in the classroom - just when school is out back in Welton!
Day 2 , we split into 2 groups - one group finishing off theory and the other doing skills in the pool. In the afternoon the group who had been cooped up in the classroom escaped to the pool whilst the other group had the afternoon off to wander around the town and beach. Tomorrow, we all should all be taking our newly learnt skills to the sea.
Diving in the sea opened up a whole new spectacular world to the girls and the point of learning all these skills. Their faces on surfacing from the first dive was a memorable picture but the final dive was definitely the best and couldn’t have been contrived better. We saw nurse sharks, white tipped sharks, eagle rays, sting rays, parrot fish, star fish, moray eel, puffer fish and many many more. (Sadly, still no sloths for Miss Mas!!!). By the final afternoon, all girls had gained a certification for diving!.
Our final daylight hours in Los Cocos saw us walking along the beach litter picking. Strawssucks is a charity set up originally to highlight the perils of the many turtles that die every year from eating plastic straws. Their aim is to advertise the dangers of using plastic straws and encourage large and independent retailers to either not use them at all or switch to paper ones; also, to clean up the local beaches of litter: primarily cigarette ends - where one cigarette end can kill a fish in 4 hours when surrounded by a litre of water. With these thoughts in hand, we quickly got to work filling up bags with rubbish.
Next stop is Parque National Rincon de la Vieja.