I took an Open Water Diver course at the scuba school here in Porto Rotondo. It was a lot of fun and opened up a new world breathing underwater. I enjoyed the feeling. On the final two open water dives I saw several octopuses, a moray eel, and lots of fish including some small grouper. My dive instructor Vincenzo was a great teacher and now I feel comfortable to use the equipment we have on board the boat to deal with any shallow water issues like snagged anchors and rope around props.
I had planned on doing the course in Victoria before we departed, but with the ski accident those plans were shelved. Now it is completed and it was a tad warmer (water 23 degrees) than what I would have experienced at home.