Diving in the Caribbean

Trip Start Apr 03, 2003
Trip End Oct 01, 2003

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Thursday, May 15, 2003

Sorry its taken a while to update this, but Ive been busy mucking about in the ocean and rediscovering Lost Cities in the jungle. Ah, its a tough life...

So, Im finally a qualified open water diver! We booked ourselves onto a 3 day course on board a boat run by a Canadian guy who can best be described as a cross between a German porn star and Gareth from The Office. Basically a brown, suave, moustached Gareth. Hilarious. So there are 7 of us travellers, Brian (Gareth), Ruby the cook and Muguave, a sweet little Colombian elf like boy who helped us with our equipment. We set off on Day One intending to venture up the coast to a beach where we could find some sheltered water to learn the basics.

Well, despite the rainy season still being a way off we encountered seas that were so rough that we could barely make headway, and after a good few hours of battling the waves and wind we finally made it to the beach. At this point the Israeli girl who was feeling very seasick and had managed to puke on Harriets feet (who was sitting on the loo at the time, much to the surprise of Maya, the puker) decided that enough was enough so she got off the boat with her friend and took a bus back to Taganga.

So we watched the introduction video and 3 of our gang made their way into the beach to learn the basic stuff. And 2 hours later they were still there while me and Chris sat on the boat wondering if we were ever going to get in the water. It was so rough that visibility was about .5m so nobody could actually see what they were meant to be doing and therefore couldnt complete the exercises. Finally I got in the water, freaked out at not being able to see, hated having to take off my mask underwater, swallowed half of the Caribbean and decided that perhaps diving wasnt for me so went with the others back to the boat. Oh, and I think I forgot to mention that after my 6 days without poo in Playa Blanca I had the worst diarrhoea that Ive ever had and still had it on the boat, so that didnt help.

Day 2 was far better, we all managed to complete the basic stuff and finally were all ready for our first dive. I have 2 words to describe it. Fucking cool. I loved it! The water was really clear, we saw about 30 different kinds of fish, cool coral and even a moray eel. Day 3 was also amazing as we went to another site and went even deeper.

So there you have it, Im now a diver and am really looking forward to diving in the Galapagos now where there is a chance you will see whale sharks and giant tortoises. Watch this space....

Now the jungle bit......
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