I'd like to be, under the sea...
Trip Start Feb 29, 2004
69Trip End Apr 12, 2005
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Ko Tao is known for its good underwater diving spots (obviously!) and especially its unbeatable prices for initial diving certs--about $200 for a 4-day course like mine, and I even got my room and transport from BKK thrown in for good measure. Hard to beat that.
The course was good, and met some more good people. Lucked out in having a small group, only four students, but 2 of them dropped out for health reasons, so in the end there were just 2 of us, a really nice guy named Andy from Sherwood, UK (yes, we did all the Robin Hood jokes) plus the instructor--can't top that for a learning situation
The diving itself was pretty amazing. I'll never forget that first jump into the pool when I htook a breath through the regulator for the first time, and (after the initial OH.MY.GOD moments) descending into the sea and actually swimming and breathing underwater in the open ocean was absolutely incredible. The first dive was bizarre and pretty weird, with plenty of moments where my brain kept trying to intervene by screaming, "YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE UNDER HERE--WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING?!?!?!", but it just got easier every dive.
On the second day in the open water when Andy and I dove for the last two times we decided it felt like we'd gained some sort of extra experience overnight because it felt pretty damn comfortable under the water all of a sudden. No more concentrating on how and when to breathe or how you're floating and what you're about to run into and god my ears hurt oh yeah, equalize oops I'm sinking woa watch out for that coral OH, my mask is filling up with water again UGH what's that on my arm EEK I'm heading for the surface for some reason god, what a brilliant stripey fish, etc
I could definitely do more of this...
Next it's back to Big, Bad Bangkok and then to--INDIA!!!!!