Today’s first class started out phenomenally well considering that the weather outside was dreary and not so inspiring. One of the students brought in a folder of photos that he’d taken during one of his scuba diving expeditions. Before seeing these pictures, I had no idea that he was such an avid diver. Some of his most spectacular photos were taken from inside a cave in Palau. He seems to be very much into spelunking and cave diving, a sport which only the most adventurous and daring venture into.
His classmate was very excited to hear about the scuba diving since she’d like to try it out herself sometime. So she asked him many questions, which was great because our lesson of the hour was “Questions”, and marveled at his photos for a while. He’s also a big fan of skin diving and has been to many different sites around the world to explore the waters and caves. Further along in the lesson, he revealed that his main reason for studying English at Smith’s School of English Kyobashi is to improve his fluency to a level where he can easily communicate with the people in the countries that he visits.
I was very interested to hear about his cave diving in Palau, especially because he had emphasized that the particular cave he had gone to was unique in that it let in sunlight through a hole at the top of it. I looked up the cave that he had mentioned – Virgin Hole – and discovered that it is actually a diving site only suitable for advanced divers. It isn’t easily accessible either so he must be quite a skilled and experienced diver to have been able to participate in such a cave dive. Learning all this new information about Palau and cave diving has been very enlightening for me as well as his fellow student.