I was working as a diving
instructor and had only one student doing the Advance Open Water Course
day. We were getting ready for his first deep dive. We finished the
for the dive and were on our way to my usual spot for deep dive portion
course. We would decent at the wall and at the bottom just fallow north
compass till we reached 100 feet (30 meters).
I loved to use the wall for
kind of dives because the top at 6 meters from the surface was full of
corals and perfect for the safety stop. The problem with my spot was
the bottom of the wall we had to swim for 3 minutes looking at nothing
to reach the 100 feet mark.
I once heard from my colleagues
of this place called The Pyramid. I was told that to get there you just
the right side of the wall, however, none off my colleagues knew the
location. I was told that following the wall on the right side would
get me to
the depth I needed.
I decided to try the new site.
briefed the student again and told him that the change was for the
better hey.. the descend would be smooth, just follow the wall's
corals and we would
not see that much sand at the bottom. He already was a strong diver and
knowing that there would be more to see was exciting for him and me.
We followed as planed. This
was from the shore so we swam to the area and started the descent right
the wall. We headed to the right of the wall and it was something
different from what I saw before. The corals were priceless. This area
virgin, not too many divers had ventured on this side of the wall, I
happy with my decision.
We arrived to the bottom of the
wall and continued following to the right side of it until we saw what
like the end of the wall with out reaching the depth that we were
I looked around and about 10 meters from us I saw a continuation of the
and we continued descending until we reached our desired 100 feet. We
exercise we were supposed to do and started on our ascent by continuing
follow the wall.
Everything was going as planned
as by following the wall we should have ascended at the place were we
We went a little higher so we could see different corals on the way up.
not find the spot were the wall was divided and I found it strange as
not supposed to be far. Convinced that we were still at the wall I
until I saw a black plastic bag for the second time. At that moment I
we were swimming in circles.
Hey don't panic I
thought. So far
you know that: (1) you have no idea were we are (2) by not following
of the wall and swimming south on the compass we would probably find
wall, and (3) the surface is still up there.
Well to my embarrassment the
was not there, so the only choice was to go up slowly and at five
meters do the
At the surface I realized how
from the descending area we were and how much we would have to swim
back to the
shore. On our way back, I asked the student if he enjoyed the dive and
yes. I then explained to him what had happen and he laughed, well both
Back on land I told the story
my colleagues and some other divers. They told me that the place were I
going in circle was the PYRAMID. In fact on my next deep dive I went
the Pyramid and this time I found my way back to the wall and to my
spot for the safety stop.