Time for a Dive!

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Sep 17, 2011

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What I did
Scuba Dived

Flag of Greece  , Cyclades,
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Over the past months I have been taking my Open Water Scuba Diver certification course through PADI. Being only able to do a portion of the course every 2 weeks due to taking this in one town, it was a slow process. About a month ago I finished and completed it in Mykonos, Greece. I have to say it was one of the more fun activities I have done in the past few years. What makes diving so interesting for me is the aquatic life we are not able to see everyday. I mean, I have seen it before, but only on BBC films. This is a whole different experience. Underwater cliffs, landscapes and shipwrecks not to mention the aquatic life that simply amazed me (GROUPER TONY), being a complete newbie to scuba diving. Also with my competitive swimming background I felt more comfortable in the water, performing the tasks and tests we had to in concession to pass with generic ease.

The course first started with the purchase of a book to read as with any course. The first few chapters were very generic and was a simple refresher and guide to buoyancy and the equipment being used. My first day in the water consisted of skill sets of buoyancy control, taking of the mask, understanding direction and proper descent and ascent. After the confined skills we took off for the very first open water dive. Wow what a feeling. The freedom you have under the water to venture is amazing. Yet, when you get low on air, you have to ascend. Every dive you should go with a buddy, as part of the training. This way if you go out of air you can share with the second octopus (regulator). The next few dives included skills such as free flow breathing. This is really quite cool. The regulator is releasing air underwater and you simply sip air without putting your mouth on the regulator. This technique kind of worried me at first simply because I have never done it before. As I was doing in the key was small sips any big sips of air and you were getting water in your mouth too. All the techniques were great and the dives too. I would recommend the basic Open Water Diving certification to anyone with a sense of adventure.

Overall a great learning experience and one that I would like to build on and add more credentials to. With the level of certification that I have I am able to dive down to depths of 18m. I do not have to be with a dive instructor or dive master, simply rent the equipment and go with a buddy who has the same level or higher. On my next contract with Norwegian Cruise Lines, the Norwegian Sky out of the Bahamas, I'd like to get Advanced Open Water and perhaps specific skills for Deep Water Diving. This would allow myself to be trained properly for multiple tank dives and to depths surpassing 40m. There are so many specific licenses you can acquire such as wreck diving, cold water and more. I would like to continue on with this as it will give me wonderful opportunities during my vacation time in between contracts.

These vacation periods last an average of 6 weeks but can extend a vacation for 4 months. Imagine taking an 4 month holiday spending in the southeast asia then moving onward to australia to dive there. All I can say is I am very happy that I have done this and can see scuba diving as a large part of my personal entertainment in the future. Next dives will be in the Bahamas, many shipwrecks and aquatic life to be seen. Also cheaper prices on the courses as its not Euros I will be paying with.

I am definitely looking forward to more dives as it really is a whole new world below the surface.
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