Divemaster of My Dreams
Dieke van Ewijk
During the winter and early spring of 2001, the
waters of his native Santa Catalina Island were too cold to dive comfortably in
his trademark 3mm shortie. For the first time, Dr. Bill sought warm tropical
waters to dive in, backpacking through SE Asia, Australia and the South Pacific
in the winter of 2001 in search of unique diving experiences.
he know that on the island of Phi Phi Don in Thailand he would meet a woman who
would change his life. Dr. Bill noticed her on his first dive with Visa Diving.
Although struck by her beauty, especially her smile, he was most impressed by
the way she prepared her "customers" for their first dive. She was patient,
informative and caring... displaying an inner beauty that outshone even her
substantial outer beauty.
Dr. Bill quickly introduced himself. She said
her name was Dieke van Ewijk and she was from the Netherlands. He requested an
opportunity to dive with her on the next dive trip. Over the next two weeks his
razor sharp mind developed a foolproof strategy... as a customer at Visa, he
would only dive if Dieke were his dive master. Since Dieke loved diving, she
was more than willing to oblige as this ploy got her out of the office and into
the water more often.
Soon Dr. Bill mustered up the courage to ask Dieke
out to dinner. She accepted and he enjoyed the pleasure of her company several
times during his extended stay on Phi Phi. Dieke introduced him to the infamous
Thai "bucket" (a blend of Thai whiskey, Red Bull and Coca Cola served in a tin
bucket). Although she promised we would have just one, within an hour the floor
was spinning as Dieke, Dr. Bill, Jon and jon's soon-to-be fiance Nicole made
the rounds The Upstairs Bar, Amsterdam Bar, Tin Tins and other dancing
establishments. Bill soon realized that Dieke was one of the few women who
actually look worse while he is intoxicated versus sober. He immediately knew
he was deep "in like" with this wonderful woman.
Although Dr. Bill was
scheduled to return to Bangkok and travel on to Kuala Lumpur, he decided to
spend the rest of his Thai visa (right up to the stroke of midnight) there on
Phi Phi with his dearly adored Dieke. Although she made it perfectly clear the
two of them were just friends, he was so deeply hooked he could not do anything
but hope she'd change her mind and reel him in. Such are the things dreams are
Dieke and Dr. Bill made several dives off the neighboring
island of Phi Phi Lei where Leonardo diCaprio and Virginie Ledoyen made the
movie "The Beach." They lunched together on Maya Beach, site of the film's
commune. Dieke innocently said that no woman could refuse a romantic request
made on that beach. Dr. Bill was not quick enough to test her, but hopes to
someday in the future. Dieke also took Dr. Bill to Pileh Beach, which he felt
was even more romantic (and certainly less crowded) than Maya. Dieke stood her
ground and did not give in to Dr. Bill's adoration.
Dr. Bill left
Thailand determined to keep in touch with the lovely and devastating Dutch
woman. He is willing to drop everything (well, except his heavy steel dive
tank- it would break his toes) and follow her to the ends of the Earth (the
Maldives, Red Sea, South Pacific, Catalina kelp forests) for a chance to dive
with her once more.
So Dieke, divemaster of my dreams, I promised you
your own web page and I've fulfilled that promise. Now I suppose you want me to
dismantle it! No chance we could dive together first- perhaps by the dikes? I
didn't think so.