Kat教练马代归来,船宿就该这么玩!

作者:Kat教练

640I would like to share my experience with regards to the dive the crew on the liveaboard MV Carpe Vita during my recent Maldives trip. In short, they impressed me enough to want to write about it.

马代船宿归来分享当地潜水船MV Carpe Vita的专业! 一艘值得我撰文表扬的潜水旅程!

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Before my Maldives trip, I heard various stories about how currents can be very strong there and how divemasters on the boats my diver friends were on before would just drop them in the blue...in the "middle of nowhere", and make them fight the strong currents during several dives to get to particular site locations underwater. I have also heard how some divemasters are not acute to divers' air consumption rate, resulting in a diver being at 50 bars (i.e. 1/4 of a full tank) at about 30m (i.e. max. depth for leisure divers) while still fighting current(!) and needing to share air halfway with his wife while ascending, herself also running out of air close to the surface.

这是我第一次计划出团去马代船宿。出发前就从朋友那里听说了马代潜点的水流有时可以比较强的(看大的东西嘛,肯定会有水流,不然就不会有大东西),而在那里潜水时最让他们困扰的是,带领他们的船宿潜导都不知为何的喜欢让潜水员在不确定水流的地方让他们跳进水里,然后带着人抗着流拼命的游去潜点。我也听说有些船宿的潜导是不会特别注意潜水员的气压表的,其中有位潜友就有幸的体验到气瓶剩下4分之1的气(50bars)了还在30米跟着潜导抗流,必须和太太共生呼吸上升,快到水面时就连潜伴也快没气的惊历!

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Hearing all these experiences first-hand, I decided not to choose those

particular liveaboards my friends went on, although they were cheaper & more "popular" with several Singaporean dive companies. I chose MV Carpe Vita mainly because it offered Nitrox, allowed for 4 dives/day and had good reviews (nothing from reviews that suggested much fighting of current). Nevertheless, I managed my expectations and, other than 1 advance student I would be taking care of on a 1-to-1 basis, the rest in my group had dive experiences ranging from 200 to 1,000 dives.

 

听了那么多第一手的故事分享后,我决定做一个非常保守的旅程计划。基本跳过故事中出现过的船宿,虽然这些船在新加玻俱乐部中比较吃香,主要是比较便宜。最后选定了聘用马代当地潜导,有高氧设施,一天4潜(一般马代船宿都是一天3潜而已),并且在网上口碑不错的MV Carpe Vita。至少在阅读评论时,发现没有客户提到这艘船的潜导有带人逆流而潜的问题。虽然做好了选船的功课,因为这是我第一次考察马代,为了控制好安全形势,这次除了一位要升A的潜水员一对一的跟着我,其他跟着我的潜水员都是200至1000潜的老手,其中包括了另外一位美国籍教练。

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In the end, none of the "horror" stories happened on MV Carpe Vita. And here's why. Firstly, the divemasters were all locals already diving here for some years, not foreigners on a holiday-cum-dive work job. They know the dive sites inside-out. Secondly, 3 out of the 4 divemasters are instructors. The leader, Zinah, was very strict in terms of limits. No doing deco dives, no going deeper than 30m. Absolutely no Nitrox without showing certification card...no exception. This is very good in terms

of safety, & he sets the pace in terms of making sure his crew is also vigilant. Our max. depth and bottom time are recorded after every dive.

 

细细周详考量计划的结果证明选择MV Carpe Vita是非常的正确,所有朋友们描述的惊险镜头都没有在这艘船宿上演。最主要归功于超专业的潜导团队。在他们身上看到了4大强点:

1、当地潜导对潜点的熟悉

很庆幸出发前先问了个清楚,选择了由当地潜导领潜的船宿。当地潜导已经在马代潜了至少几年,对潜点像是回家一样的了如指掌。就因为如此,他们对潜点该注意的事项要比任何半旅游式的外国潜导团队强的多。

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2、安全警惕性强

四位潜导中有三位是教练级潜导。不能不提团队领导Zinah的专业!不能做减压潜,超过30米,没办法出示高氧证的朋友,不好意思,坚决不让用高氧瓶。。。完全没有例外! 在他的领导下,整个团队都随时保持警惕性,一切安全第一。所有潜水记录的最深度,潜水时长都记录在案。

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Thirdly, before EVERY dive, one of the divemasters will personally skin dive and test the strength and direction of the current at the site. We will ALWAYS be dropped off at an entry point where we can descend slowly & DRIFT with the current to the specific spot of

interest, rather than fight current. The captain may need to move the boat after the divemaster has tested the direction, but that doesn't stop them from making sure the divers get a good entry point.

 

3、掌握水流,控制入水点及方向

当地潜导团队下水前有个可以令人佩服及学习的措施!在每个潜前,有一位潜导会充当探子,事先自由潜下去探点掌握最最正确的潜点水流强度和方向,然后全体才在最最理想的下水点下潜,在下潜时遂流而飘到亮点区。这样就可以完全避免浪费气源,体力抗流,简直就把潜水安全升华至一个全新的意境。朋友们说的逆流费力的潜水经验,根本没有发生在我们身上。这种形势意味着船长有时必须花费多一点的油钱把船开来开去,但是他们的团队精神就是必须为潜水员找到一个既安全又舒服的入水点。

(后面)左二至五是我们的当地潜导

(后面)左二至五是我们的当地潜导

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The strength of current is also always rated from mild to moderate to strong. When the current was rated a "strong-to-oh-my-god-strong" level once at one of the dive sites, that dive was aborted and we dived at another site. I think this is something I am very grateful to the divemasters for. Everytime, it is so comfortable to drift to a site while descending - almost perfectly timed that by the time we drop slowly to, say, 20m, we are just nice right at the place of interest to see the aquarium of sharks or the cleaning station for manta rays etc.

 

我们的潜导每次探测水流后,也会通知全团水流的级别。我们体验过弱、中、强级别的水流。无论哪一个级别,我们在下水前都因为潜导的事先探测而有了足够的心里准备,避免下水后才被惊吓。先派探子测潜点也可以完全避开’我的妈呀!‘级别的水流而转换其它较为安全的潜点。每一次,我是说每一次都让我们潜得那么的舒服,舒心。每一次都可以很从容的慢慢下潜然后飘到看鲨鱼群或清洁站看manta等的亮点区。

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This is not the case with some other boats we encountered at the same dive sites. We saw some divers (one we remembered with her bunny hood, no less!) being dropped off where waves seemed too high, in the middle of nowhere, for whalesharks. At another site where our group descended nicely and drifted to a huge natural ledge to watch 12-15 gray reef sharks swimming in front of us like in an aquarium, we actually saw a group of divers drop DIRECTLY into the sharks area before our very eyes, & while descending they were snapping away at every shark that crossed them, not aware that they were going to descend below 30m.

 

放眼看到的其它潜船就不是这个样了!其中亲眼看到一艘船在一片浪看上去比较高的深蓝中让潜水员(印象特别深刻因为第一位跳下去的是头戴兔子帽的女潜水员)就这样的跳入大浪去找鲸鲨。在另一个潜点,我们也是像平常一样有规矩地下潜遂流而飘到看鲨鱼群的亮点区。当我们悠悠自在的正沉醉在梦幻般的天然水族馆观赏至少12只鲨鱼同游的当儿,竟然看到一团大约有15人的潜队在这自然水族馆中如炮弹般从天而降到鲨鱼群中。一边下潜,一边逆流,又一边忙着拍鲨鱼照。有几位还没有一点警觉性已经下潜至30米以下了!

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Besides being unsafe, there was also absolutely no diving etiquette. Imagine you are watching Star Wars in a movie theatre, and suddenly a group of 15 people walk in front of you for 5min. (The same bunny hood lady & her group of friends would at this point appear from the side, swim/crash in front of us, with bunny hood lady deciding to drop right in front of Thomas Suwa and his beloved Gopro....but that's about buoyancy skills/ dive experience before going to Maldives, which is a different topic altogether!).

 

这已经不只是安全考量的问题,而是潜水礼貌问题了!我们就像在集中精神在看‘星球大战’,看到紧张处突然荧幕前杀来一群人在你面前晃来晃去!说到这里,竟然又碰到兔女郎和她的团员们从旁出现,好几位也在我们荧幕前挣扎着中性浮力地游过。兔女郎这时也因为有中性浮力问题而决定在正在拍视频的团员Thomas的面前驻扎,完全没有意识到其他潜水员的存在。(为了不影响其他潜水员的体验,劝请去马代之前先练好个人中性浮力。)

这次去麻袋船宿的小团

这次去麻袋船宿的小团

Lastly, our divemasters are very detailed. Just look at their dive brief drawings which is each drawn from scratch without any reference. Their familiarity, not just with the dive site profiles, but with also with the potential hazards/ problems of each dive site was invaluable. More impressively, they will inform you of

their plans which are to be executed underwater in order to avoid the hazards. They would tell you during the dive briefings that, for e.g. at

the Alimataa jetty night dive where there are many boats including speedboats, that we need to swim away from the jetty when we are ascending and point the torch above & onto our heads at the surface, so that other boats can see us in the dark + our boat knows it is our group so they can come & collect us straightaway. Although this sounded like a simple strategy, none of the other divers from other boats did anything similar to protect themselves - not those that surfaced at about the same time as us at least.

 

4、有条理的潜点及安全措施详简

再来就看看人家的潜水简报吧!随手就画出了详细的潜点图,如数家珍的解释潜点讯息,潜在风险,以及完美的解决方案。在Alimataa码头这个潜点做夜潜时,简报就包含了提醒潜点是在码头边上船多,上升时一定要远离码头,同时电筒必须指向头部以上,好让船只避开潜水员,也好让自家的潜船来提人。这看来好像是个很简单的安全措施,但眼前同一时间点上升的其他潜水团队都没有类似的安全措施。

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I am very glad to have chosen this boat just because the dive crew had made our dives so easy even with moderate-strong currents, and organised everything underwater perfectly by being detailed on land. Indeed, a good dive crew makes a whole lot of difference to any diving experience!

 

这次旅程让我们深深的体验到了一个棒的潜导团队几乎决定了潜水体验的好坏,不管是去哪里都一样。好的潜导事先准备充分,能够化险为夷,再加上对当地的熟悉,往往可以让潜水员体验到他们不一般的细腻。切记!切记!

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最后编辑于:2016/1/18作者: FunDiving

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