The Awesome Things: Scuba Diving in Sydney | Scuba Open Water Sydney

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Scuba Diving in Sydney | Scuba Open Water Sydney

As a child, I have always loved the sea. When I got older, I still do. The only issue is that I hate getting my skin baked basking under the sun. Still, the ocean is such a pretty place. It's a whole new world down there with its mystic and wonder. There's just so much beauty especially when I first went snorkeling back in the pristine and beautiful waters of the Philippines. From snorkeling, I then found some interest in scuba diving but wasn't able to docit until now. It's so ironic because getting an open water certification in the Philippines is way more expensive than getting it in Pro Dive Sydney. After prices for this 3 day course is like 400 usd back in the Ph and it's only priced at 150 aud in Sydney. I just decided to have it a go out of my impulse. All the schedules were booked in Pro Dives branches except Cronulla since I had a last minute booking 3 days from the schedule but it's now or never. I'm pretty sure I would not have the time to get the certification a few months from now anyways since I reckon I would be busy with work and I really need to set aside three days for this course.

The course entails for us to have an online reading assignment and assessment prior to the course and we had to do a swim test on the first day. I thought we only had to do 1 lapse of swimming but our instructor made us swim for 4 lapses in an olympic size pool and we had to tread for 10 minutes. I was having a hard time catching my breath, it has been forever since I last swam. I think the first day was the most tiring part of the course. Our instructor taught us some skills underwater and how to use the equipment. It looks a bit complicated but it's actually not. We had such a fun instructor, very knowledgeable and patient with us. I was having trouble trying to understand his hand signals underwater and had to do a skill a 2nd or 3rd time but he was very helpful and understanding tho. 

We finally went diving in the open water on the 2nd and third day. The visibility wasn't so good that time. There were so many particles and the water was a bit murky but we still managed to see some fishies, a school of cat fish which was so cool and creepy looking at the same time and I happen to swam near a stone fish. I was just so close to touching it which would have been catastrophic if that would have happened.

It felt really weird to be underwater, I felt so cramped inside and it was so uncomfortable to breathe with the regulator. I guess it shouldn't be a surprise since being underwater is not the natural environment for man. I reckon it would be very challenging for people who are claustrophobic since it felt very confined down there with all the pressure and the equipment you have to carry with you and the tank was super heavy, I felt like carrying a sack of rice on my back plus we had to wear a weight belt.

It was so cool though that I got to have another new experience and I would definitely look forward to diving in the future especially where there's a vast variety of marine life, clear blue waters and beautiful coral reefs. 

It would be an understatement to say that I look horrible with the suit on. It's feels too tight and  cramped inside it.

Groupie with our instructor who made it memorable for all of us.

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." - Jeacques Costeau

PRO DIVE Cronulla  

Shop 1 40-42 Kingsway 
Cronulla   NSW 

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