Traveller and thrill seeker. Lover of nature, the great outdoors and new experiences. Coffee addict & redwine lover. Currently studying on the Central Coast
Published April 13th 2014
If you love the ocean, travelling and adventure why not get a certification where you can combine all three? Last week I decided to put a big tick through one of the items on my bucket list and finally get open water dive certified.
Rocking up early Wednesday morning to the Pro Dive store in Coogee I met Laurence, who was to be our amazing instructor for the next 3 days.
After being fitted for a wetsuit, I headed into the classroom to meet my fellow dive buddies. Introductions all round, jokes were already been cracked and there was free tea, coffee and baked goods on offer I knew this was going to be a fun filled 3 days.
The first day consists of theory and a small test at the end. Not to worry if theory isn't your thing, the atmosphere is relaxed and casual and the test you can't fail. Wrapping up early afternoon we were instructed to meet at Victoria Park Pool at 8am the next day.
Arriving at Victoria Park pool bright and early the next morning we were all but ready to get in the water and learn how to dive. After proving we could swim 200 meters unaided and tread water for 10 minutes we were ready to get kitted up with our dive gear.
First things first we needed to know how to safely prepare our equipment. The first very obvious skill needed for diving. After Laurence had gone through the steps he then instructed us to do the same. So grabbing the tanks we begun. Once all valves were connected in the right place into the pool we went.
Spending the morning in the pool we learnt a variety of skills to make us comfortable in the water and gave us better knowledge on dive safety. The two main skills emphasised were how to clear your snorkel mask of water and how to retrieve your regulator (that little thing you breathe through) if it comes out of your mouth.
Hot tip- Just remember B&B breathe and blow bubbles and you will be fine.
Being able to get comfortable in the safety of a pool and be given time to practice all the skills we needed to know gave me a lot more confidence when it came to our first real ocean dive that afternoon.
The wondrous feeling of being able to breathe underwater is like nothing else. This is a fantastic opportunity to see marine life up close and truly be transplanted into another world.
By day 3 I was hooked. With 3 more ocean dives for the day I knew the last day would be the best yet. My love for diving grew with each dive and the ever changing marine life we saw.
Finishing our last dive, we were all exhausted but happy. The store in Coogee had started the BBQ so back there we headed. Clinking our glasses together, sausage sanga in the other hand we cheered to a fun filled few days learning a fantastic new skill that we all couldn't wait to try again.