Issy and Ady go SCUBA diving!
Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
78Trip End Aug 16, 2010
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AIDANS BLOG ABOUT LEARNING TO DIVE
We got up this morning and the first thing I said to myself was, I was going Scuba diving!!! We turned up at 8:30 and mum and dad had to get into their wetsuits!!(That was funny!!) Me and Issy had to do some academic work for scuba diving with an instructor, called Sonrisa, who couldn't go diving because she was 7 months pregnant, so she helped me and Issy do our work whilst Mum and Dad were out!!
After our instructor Pierre came back, we had to go and get into our wetsuits and get our right sized shoes. We also had to attach our Buoyancy Control Jackets (BC) and our tanks. Sonrisa helped us with all of the equipment.. After we'd done that, Pierre, our diving instructor, talked us through what we were going to be doing in our first 2 dives and practising skills UNDER water
After we’d walked to the beach, some locals came with our BC’s, tanks and weights balanced on their heads!!! When they’d set them down on the step, Pierre helped me put mine on and Thomas, a German man who was taking his dive masters, helped Issy. As we were walking down into the sea the weight on my shoulders was tremendously heavy!!! I was really nervous and I think Issy was too. I could just tell by the way she was looking out into the shimmering ocean. As we walked in, we had to hold our manual control button to the highest point and inflate our BC. Then Pierre told us to put our masks on and our regulators in ( our mouth piece to breath) and deflate our BC’s so we could float down underwater!! I said to myself 'Uhhh let me think about that, NO!!’ But then Pierre pulled me under so I had no choice!! He told us to take out our regs and then try and find them again. We both did it perfectly!!! Then he told us to fill our masks half and then empty them. I failed miserably whilst Issy did it perfectly. We then went in between 2 boats where there was a huge landscape of coral and fish. The first fish we saw was a clown fish which came right out and stared us down and kind of said go away from my home!!!! We saw loads of different colours of fish and coral!!! We saw some crazy shapes whilst we were under, there was coral that looked like huge spooky hands coming and grabbing at us
When we got out of the water, all the weight came back onto my shoulders again. We had to wait for about 40 minutes to let all the nitrogen go out of our blood.
On our second dive we just did skills and recapped over the skills we had done on our first dive. We did the reg perfectly again and I still couldn’t get the mask right! I tried 3 times and never succeeded the water kept going up my nose!!! We also had to do a skill called a fin pivot where you had to deflate your BC all the way and lie on the ground, then take a deep breath, and if you rise up then you’ve got your buoyancy right and then when you let your breath go, you should sink down onto the floor again. Issy and I managed this successfully.
By then, we’d finished and conquered our first EVER day diving!!
It felt really weird afterwards because you’re so used to being under water that you think that still can’t breathe out of your nose!
ISOBEL'S BLOG ABOUT THE DIVES
Ady & I have taken our lessons so now we are off on our first real dive. Throughout the last days, Ady and I have learnt how to breathe underwater, swim, see and getting used to the fact that you can actually breathe.
We were walking backwards into the water (because otherwise you fall over), my tank weighed so much that another guy had to hold the back for me. Pierre (our instructor) helped Ady and me into the water. As you get in you need to put your fins on. You have an inflatable jacket to help you stay on the surface of the water called a buoyancy device.
Going down you need to equalise because otherwise you will have problems with your ears. I was looking around to try and find Ady and Pierre, but it seemed that they were not to be seen (hard to look around when your goggles limit your vision space), then I looked up and saw them above me still floating on the top of the water
As you start swimming underwater, it is strange as you feel as though you are floating in nothing. I kept thinking that I was in a magical imaginary place. Everything looked so unreal, all the coral had different shapes and the fish looked so unique. As you got close to some of the sea anemone they closed up tight.
Fish swam in a repetitive pattern; all of them swam away if you got close enough, though there were these bad fish which came right up to my face and were almost telling me to go away. I screamed, as I hate touching fish. Everyone laughed and soon regretted laughing as their masks filled up with salty water.
A sting ray settled at the bottom of the sea covering its body with sand. Then as you got close it scattered the sand all over the place and shifted its body slightly so you hardly noticed. Its body is thin but very wide. (Almost like a bird spreading its wings)
We also saw a large turtle eating the coral. It looked like steam and fluffy stuff coming off the coral when the turtle bit into the coral
I love the fish which are not too small and their skin is a rainbow colour. I hated the slug like fish who live under rocks and look like lumps of sand with eyes. I also liked these small Nemo like fish (they were so cute)
Mum and Dad took an underwater camera with them for the day. It was funny because whenever you took a photo you had to tell everyone not to breathe otherwise bubbles would fill the picture and ruin it. An amazing picture was when we all had the turtle behind us.
Mums mask kept filing up with water. So for the second dive she did not come diving as she was afraid that might happen again. She missed seeing all the beautiful coral that looked almost haunted in the deep blue sea as all of it was sticking out in different directions.
I loved being able to breathe under water. Though once you have finished diving you felt kind of pleased that you could breathe again on the land!