Lots of diving
Trip Start Aug 14, 2006
17Trip End Sep 04, 2006
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We were in the water for almost 3 hours in total, practising all kinds of skills (clearing the mask of water, using an alternate air supply in case of emergency, making ourselves levitate at a certain height, taking off the jacket and putting it back on underwater etc)
Sandra did a great job at teaching us. She was patient if she needed to be, happy and funny, and always made everything very clear so nobody had to feel nervous. Of course we dove into deeper water (about 4 meters) after a while to practise a bunch of stuff down there. My ears were Ok, I just had to equalize (by holding my nose shut) every meter or so that I descended. We saw a bunch of fish etc, even though we were still fairly close to the surface. After diving Sandra specifically said to me that I did very well and learnt quickly and that I should consider becoming a dive instructor! Sounds like quite a dream job to be honest haha.
After diving we got back on the boat and discussed everything a bit, then went back to the main beach with the diving shop and went back on land. A couple of us sat at the beach for quite a while and then headed to dinner at a beachside restaurant (I had a very nice Thai curry with squid which was made very pet-mak/spicy)
This morning I had to get up quite early to go back for the last bit of theory and the final theoretical exam (I got 96%, I rushed through it so I made 2 silly mistakes...I was the best in the group anyway though). I just had lunch with the other guys (Pad Thai with shrimp and a papaya juice), and now I have about 45 minutes until I go for my real dives! They will be off the island somewhere in about 12 meters depth. Apparently we have to re-practise a few simple skills, but then we had the rest of the 45 minutes or so underwater to explore, levitate, and look at the fish/corals/underwater-life! We will be doing 2 of these sessions. Tomorrow I have the morning off and then my two 18-meter dives which will be similar! I really can't wait. SCUBA diving is incredibly fun and exciting. It's an amazing feeling being under a few meters of water with as much breathing and air as you like!
I will try to update what everything was like again tomorrow (probably when I have my SCUBA Open Water license!). Until then...ciao ciao!