Saturday, 10th, December, 2011.
Finally I get to go scuba diving in the sea. Mario drove the scuba diving team to cable bay. A small stony beach with large green hills surrounding it. The water was blue and clear. We went through all the safety checks with our diving buddy and talked about what we would be doing during the dive. We got all our equipment on, we had to have very heavy weight belts to counter balance the buoyant wet suits. The water was cold and refreshing. Even after just a few minutes on land in the wet suits I was becoming uncomfortably hot.
We followed the sea bed out to about 6 meters deep. Small transparent jelly fish floating around, flat fish skimmed along the now sandy sea bed and a school of silver fish shimmered past. We spent about half an hour going through all the safety skills we had learnt in the pool before. How to equalize the pressure in your ears, how to make rapid accents.
Holly the woman who had just finished her marine biology degree was trying out how to expel water from her mask. She filled it up too much and I think she must have breather in water through her nose. I watched as she panicked and started to try and swim to the surface. Mario the instructor grabbed her BCD jacket and gave her the hand signal to calm down. She looked at him and nodded, giving him the ok sign and emptied her mask and calmed down.
There were sea urchins and hermit crabs all around. I was swimming back to shore when I saw a little crab scurrying across my view. I went down to have a look, the brave thing raised its claws and darted around aggressively in front of me, A large flat fish scooted past in a cloud of sand.
These past few weeks I have been learning the very dry very boring information about scuba diving. All the safety features. Now finally I have properly fallen in love with diving.