Wow – what a week it has been. For those of us not used to hard work it has been a baptism of fire and then some.
The week started off last Sunday morning already with a busy agenda. With 7 dhows, scheduled to go out over the weekend, the week was spent prepping. With 54 divers we had 315 tanks to fill and load, sets of kit to prep and not enough days in the week to get it all done!
Then we went viral! A seemingly innocuous video clip of last weekends whaleshark was merrily loaded onto our site on Saturday evening. By Sunday evening the number of people reached, views and shares were already impressively high. By Monday morning the number of people reached was going up by 1000 per hour. A week later we are at 30,812 people reached, 6.6k views and 135 shares – SIXTY times the number of average views and shares that we usually have on our Facebook page – WOW!! Serious exposure or what! Amazing news but we are still trying to figure out how?
And just like that, our already manic week got busier. The future monthly 2 and 3 day and bi-monthy 1 day live aboard dhow trips are filling up faster than expected, with an increase in general enquiries coming in from all over the place! All while we are busy beavering away to get this week’s guests out and into the water.
We have had sweat, tears and a lot of grit and determination by the team to get the job done. It is no mean task to get (did I mention this already) 315 tanks filled and onto the Dhows. Even with the shiny new compressor. What we failed to mention in our previous post is that the nitrox fills take a little longer to get done than air fills and given that we encourage our guests to dive nitrox where they can (qualified), we clearly are gluttons for punishment.
Despite the monumental task ahead, the team rose to the challenge and did an amazing job. Even with a few tense moments it all came together in the end – as it always does :).
Our dive guides did a combined total of 48 dives across the weekend, accumulating a combined total of 2 days spent underwater diving 14 different sites. Our boat crews and chefs ensured that 54 guests, plus colleagues were fed, watered, transported, entertained and kept safe. We had some amazing sightings including; a Southern Right Whale (or) Pilot Whale – footage shot from a distance so difficult to identify, a Whale Shark, Leopard Sharks, Eagle Rays, Reef Sharks, Sea Horse, tonnes of Turtles and a 10 minute show put on by a shoal of Tarpon. The weather was perfect and although we were close to a full moon, the currents were diveable!
WELL DONE TEAM! You are AMAZING with a capital ‘A’! You gave this week everything you have and showed our guests a great time. One of the busiest weeks we have ever known and you did good! Real good!
So, despite feeling at times like we were on a journey to hell and back, it was worth it. I think our guests would agree that their weekend was spent, not in hell, but in ‘heaven on earth’, or more aptly ‘heaven underwater’.