05.10.2007 - 05.10.2007 29 °C
Thursday on my day off I went to the doctors to get my cv vaccination (which really really hurt by the way!) and also to get my ‘supposed’ asthma tested so I was able to go diving. I went to go diving AGES ago but I ticked that box to say that I had asthma (coz that it was the Dr told me 6 years ago) so the divers legally couldn’t take me out unless I got it all re-checked. To cut a long story short, I don’t have asthma and I went for my first dive last Friday during my lunch break.
I had to sit down and watch a video first and Matty ran through what to do if your reg gets knocked out of your mouth, you run out of air, and how to equalize your ears. I had Jules as my dive instructor (she’s cool) and once we suited up and got in the water she went through again what to do if your reg falls out and how to clear your mask if it fills up underwater.
After equalizing and slowly heading to the base below us, we all stopped and got to touch ‘Jake’ the Maori Wrasse. He is so awesome and feels really cool. He loves the divers and swims with them everyday, so of course he swam with us for most of our dive. I was in a group of about 5 and the majority of them were rude pushy Americans. Just after patting Jake we were headed to the sea floor but on my way down one of the divers pushed past and knocked the reg out of my mouth. Because we had run through it all on the video, on the boat and in the water on what to do if this happens, I didn’t panic too much coz I knew what I was doing. Jules and Gareth (crew diver who was filming us) grabbed me and helped me put my reg back in. I didn’t realise it was such a serious thing until I saw Jules’ face and how they immediately stopped everything and swam straight to me. I also found out that the dive master got in a fair bit of trouble for it.
Other than that my first dive was pretty cool. I got to touch a sea anemone and see lots if little Nemo’s swimming in it. The anemone feels cool and has quite a dry texture even though it is underwater. I also got to touch a giant clam and a giant sea cucumber which I wasn’t thrilled about doing. I find sea creatures a little too unusual to go around touching. It was still lots of fun and a very good memory to have.