|Andreas (the guy who took all these pictures) and I|
The course consisted of 5 dives where we practiced skills such as buoyancy (trying to float at the proper level is much harder than it looks!) and navigation (which, unsurprisingly, I am lousy at). We also got to do a night dive which was unlike anything I had done before; our only source of light was from flashlights!
|The diving equivalent of a thumbs up!|
My favourite dive was the deep dive, where we went down to 30m. At that depth some of us felt the effects of nitrogen narcosis (also known as "getting narc'd" in diver speak) which happens when you breathe air that has become super compressed. Effects can include disorientation, feelings of anxiety or giddiness. I didn't experience any of these but one guy in my group kept trying to offer his spare regulator (the device you breathe out of - every diver has two) to our instructor even though she didn't need it! It was pretty funny.
Suffice to say I've become a fan of diving. I'm now on the island of Koh Phagnan where I plan on doing a couple more dives on Christmas Eve. In addition to spending some more time under water and relaxing on the beach I also plan on attending a Full Moon Party on Christmas Day, an event that has made Koh Phagnan famous around the world. It's shaping up to be a pretty memorable holiday!
*All of these pictures were taken by a guy in my diving course, not by me!*