With two dive master brothers and a sister working on her advanced open water, scuba diving seems to run in the family for Kiti, our local dive master in training here at Paradise. There must be a bit of pressure to do well, but he shrugs it off like it’s no big deal. Perhaps all the talk around the dinner table has prepared him for his training.
Kiti is going all the way: from the first instruction on open water, through the advanced courses (fish identification, deep dive, night dive, and navigation), on to rescue diver and ultimately dive master. He just started in February. For most the path to dive master takes a bit longer. But for Kiti, it’s a crash course that he seems to have been anticipating, because he’s doing pretty good - comfortable at depth, with keen eyes to spot the smallest critters, and good on his air. Yet, he can’t afford to get to cocky yet.
Kiti says the sea creature he’s looking for most is a seahorse, a highly camouflaged find that takes many dives and good fortune. His favorite so far is the blue ribbon eels in front of the resort. Once he completes his dive master he says he’ll take a break before attempting an instructor course and hopes to stick around Taveuni for a while. He says his older brother who once worked here as a dive master got married and moved to Germany and is now feeling the cold. His youngest sister is only six. I expect he’s already telling stories of the things he sees on his dives. Perhaps in ten years she’ll be the one working on her dive master.