Divemaster training in Roatán, Honduras

During my first two weeks training as a Divemaster, I experienced a decent variety of challenging divers and situations: a capsized boat, with passengers who needed to be rescued and towed to safety, including one injured victim in shock; broken equipment, including a compressor that struggled to fill tanks; overconfident divers, like the guy who claimed to be an expert because he'd done hundreds of dives in the Navy, but who nonetheless struggled with basics; unaware divers, like the woman who lost her weight belt, which meant I had to go back to the boat to get her more weight while she held fast to the mooring line; irresponsible divers, which pretty much includes anyone with a camera, but especially the jerks who think it's OK to grip the coral just so they can get a close-up shot of whatever it is they're craving.

Underwater photographers are usually the worst people with whom to dive. Generally, they're selfish, and often too slow for my taste. It's said that there are two speeds in diving: really slow, and not moving; but, I think it is possible to dive too slowly. If you lose sight of the other divers in your group, because you're loitering on the coral taking photos, I'd rather not dive with you. I'd much rather dive with someone who was unaware or unskilled, but who was open to learning, than with someone who dives with the attitude of ME ME ME ME ME ME ME.

Oh, and I got stung in the face by a jellyfish. It was during a night dive, and we just so happened to do our three-minute safety stop in a swarm of jellies. As much as I wanted to abandon the safety stop, we stayed at five meters for the full three minutes. I'm not sure how appreciative some of my divers were when I pulled them back into the swarm as they started to drift to the surface. But, safety first, y'all, even if it means catching a jelly to the face. If you get stung by a jellyfish, do not rinse it with fresh water. That'll make it burn worse. Instead use vinegar, and then afterward you can clean it with fresh water. Although, to be clear: Treatments vary based on the jellyfish and location, so always defer to the advice of locals. Don't pee on it, though. That's a myth, and it might actually make it worse if the person peeing is well-hydrated, because then it's basically just like using fresh water, which could reactivate the stingers.

Drift diving, waiting for the boat to pick us up.