Advanced Open Water Course

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Ella's Place

Flag of Malaysia  , Pahang,
Friday, February 19, 2010

I was looking forward to go to Salang today. Depending on the weather, I would start my advanced dive course. But before we checked out and left Juara, we splashed in the waves for one last time! And then, we took the same 4WD and it was a bumpy ride as usual. Among all things to see on the way, the driver showed us a tree that looked like a crooked nose. Hehe, that was random and funny. We had lunch at Tekek, and then left from the Marina by a small boat. The water was choppy so you can imagine how exciting the boat ride was. Thankfully no barfing. It was exhilarating. Totally opposite to the calm river cruising in Taman Negara.
As soon as we arrived at Salang Bay, we went straight to Fisherman's Divers and signed up for my course. Before I knew it, I was underwater less than 2 hours later! The dive shop was nice. People were friendly and very informative here. My instructor looked strict but after a while he was actually quite friendly. So, my first dive was the 'Peak Performance Buoyancy'. There were few skills that I needed to do to pass this one. Most of the skills require very good buoyancy control so you don't bump into stuff underwater or get disoriented. I had to hover at same level for a few minutes, do fin pivoting as well as some (ungraceful) underwater somersaults. After about an hour maneuvering through some series of hoops and doing lots of turns I finally completed my first dive. Whew! One down, four to go.
Got off the water, had some snacks and straight to reading the manual for my next dive. Night diving! I was quite nervous for this one. I was expecting pitch black under the water. How scary. This time there were three of us. We got into the water just a bit after sunset. It was scary at first but after a while, I got used to it and it was not pitch black. Of course, we had torchlight but even if we turn it off, we could still see stuff. And you can see the glow in the dark plankton. Very cool! The only task I had to do was navigating with the compass. I had to swim away from my instructor and find him back. We saw some nice fishes, a huge cuttlefish and many many wrasses. After the night dive, went straight to dinner just across the dive shop. The place is called Arabella and they had one of the best Kuew Tiow Kung Fu I've ever tasted. Went back to the chalet, read the manual again for my dive the next day. What a long day.
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