Octopus' Garden in the Shade

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

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Moon Valley

Flag of Egypt  , Red Sea and Sinai,
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Brian has turned into ‘Scuba Man’.  Shaving the beard to make sure his mask seals without problems he finished his Open Water course with flying colours and is onto his Advanced Dives.  It seems as though he’s found a new passion in life and is really enjoying himself which is wonderful to see. 

I’m taking it a little easier with snorkeling.  Still, snorkeling along the reefs is incredibly beautiful and I’m just aching to take some photographs.  Buying a little point and shoot ended with terribly disappointing pictures of greeny blue washed out nothingness.  Brian’s instructor was nice enough to let me borrow their digital camera for the day and I wasn’t that much more successful.  With moving subjects and being jostled about by the waves I wasn’t able to frame or focus very much.  I found this quite frustrating since it was sooo beautiful, and I really like to try to capture a bit of that. 

But still I got to see it with my own eyes so I should be happy with that.  Following Brian around from dive site to dive site eventually it got the better of me and I decided that I too wanted to learn how to scuba dive.  Hearing all the stories of what they were seeing down below sounds quite amazing.  I invested in a prescription mask, and the underwater world became even more incredible!  So much more detail I didn’t even know I was missing. 

We got some underwater classification books and are always looking to find the creatures that we’ve seen.  Fish like:  Arabian Picassofish, blue sailfin tangs, pipefish, dominos, cornet fish, lionfish, klunzinger’s wrasse, unicorn fish, masked pufferfish, jellyfish, anthias, banner fish, stonefish, giant clams, porcupine fish, anemone fish, cleaner wrasse, butterfly fish, and angle fish…Brian going on his deeper dives has seen moray eels, cuttlefish and octopus.

So putting Cairo off for a few more days, I started my Open Water course.   Things went really great on the first day.  I was feeling quite comfortable practicing the different skills.  One of the reasons I put off taking the course was that I was a little anxious about being deep underwater and not being able to see.  I even did a try dive to start out with and didn’t really fall in love with it, but taking the course was much better for me.  That is, until I tried to do the first dive…

Seems that I cannot equalize or clear my ears under the pressure.  Under extreeme pain I was only able to go down a few meters.  I was really excited about trying this and learning the skills involved, and frustrated the entire time that I couldn't dive in deeper water. 

Luckily, my instructor was super patient and allowed me to take my time descending.  Oftentimes the first few dives are hard to adjust to as ears aren't used to equalizing under such pressures.  'Virgin tubes' she told me.  Well, my tubes were no longer virgins any more.  After 2 dives they felt like they'd been raped and gang banged. 

But perserverance is something I've learned throughout this trip.  I wanted this dive certification and I was willing to do almost anything to get it.  I really admire the skills involved in diving:  the self-control, the presence of mind, conquoring of fear and I wanted to know that I could do it...and I did!   I even managed to get down over 15m after my tubes had loosened up a bit. 

Why is it that so many diving phrases have sexual inuendos? 
- Have you gone down lately?
- Everything apears 25% larger underwater
- Can you turn me on?
- Lets go deeper
- Getting tanked

For some amazing diving lessons, go to Octopus World:  http://www.octopusdivers.net
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