Under the Sea

Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Flag of Egypt  , Red Sea and Sinai,
Monday, January 18, 2010

The Red Sea is just teeming with salt water life.  With coral reefs right off the beach where we’re staying, it’s hard not to want to get into the water.  Brian and I have always been water-babies and have really missed living on a lake these last few years living in Alberta.  The combination of beautiful weather, snorkeling and scuba is just too much to resist, so we ‘dove’ right in!

I rented a snorkel mask and flippers and gave it a try.  Strangely, as much as I love swimming, I’ve never snorkeled.  Brian’s always been into it and I think I remember trying it once, but didn’t like it at all.  On a choppy lake I kept getting water in my snorkel and in my mask and I just couldn’t master the breathing underwater thing. 

So that was the first think I had to get over today:  how to breath.  I thought it would be easy, but it just goes against all that’s natural.  |All my life I’ve held my breath under water.  To start, my breathing was really forced and labored, but then I came close to the reef and seemed to forget all about it. 

So much to see!  Brightly colored fish were everywhere doing their fishy business and not worrying about me at all.  Florescent yellows, indigo blues, reds, oranges, greens…it was amazing to see.  Looking from one direction to the new led simply out into water that just gets bluer and bluer, with only the occasional diver bubbles breaking through it. 

What an amazing underwater world God has created!  I find it hard to believe the beauty  there.  I’ve always been fascinated with shells and other under sea things, but to see it alive is quite a different experience. 

Like another planet.  All the different shapes and colours of coral.  I can imagine I’m living within an aquarium, but everything is out there for you to touch.  Not that you’d want to of course, most things will sting or scrape you or otherwise harm you.  Strange how something so beautiful can be so dangerous at the same time. 

Right now Brian’s busy studying and reading the coursework for his PADI Open Water SCUBA training.  Got to go into the water today and took that very special first breath underwater.  Although he didn’t get to go to the reef, he still had a very memorable day.  For him, the ability to go underwater and stay there is a remarkable feeling.  However, there are lots of gadgets to look at and buoyancy control to master, but he’s seeing all sorts of amazing things and having a wonderful time exploring this new world!

If you're diving in Dahab, be sure to go to Octopus Divers!  http://www.octopusdivers.net
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jaymyson on

If you want a lot of fish to come around you bring a bananna next time. I don't know why but they love banannas. Just smear it off into a cloud in the water....hope you are not closterfobic! (spelling)

2totango on

that would be interesting to try! Brian says you're not supposed to feed them though...

something very cool, is that the cleaner wrasse fish will come on your hands or in your mouth and 'clean' you up!

kittnrob on

I had the same difficulties when I started snorkelling. Breathing underwater is just so wrong!! The best tip I have had is "if or when you are having trouble breathing you must imagine yourself to be Darth Vader!". Sounds crazy but thinking this truly calms your breathing!! I would love to try diving but am worried that I would feel too claustrophobic

2totango on

that's a good tip! i just forced myself to breath and it sounded just like Darth! it does get better with practice, and one of the things i liked best about diving was the mental control you must have over the potentially frightening (life threatening) situation you're in! it was a good experience to have.

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