Constantly ticking things off my bucket list has always been a priority in my life. The endless pursuit for fun, adventure, discovery, personal growth and the like always make me one happy kid. On a recent trip to Cebu, I was glad to check off “Go Scuba Diving”. One, because I have always wanted to try it but never had the time. And two, because it doesn’t come by cheap PLUS you have to save up for even just one session.
Meet David! A new found friend that I met in Cebu during Sinulog who turned out to be a professional Scuba Diver instructor licensed by PADI. When he offered to give me scuba diving lessons, I was no idiot to pass it up.
And so the scuba adventure begins….
The session required a 20 minute lecture about scuba terminologies and procedures. This was more on the theoretical side, so it was still on land. I learned the terms and hand signals which would be needed when diving, and most importantly so that I don’t die. Haha.
The second part of the lesson was to learn all the skills in the shallow part of the water. My competitive side, always on fleek, assured that I learned all the skills faster than the usual time for beginners. Because of this, in less than 30 minutes of theory and shallow water practice, I was already set to start. Yay!
When you’re a beginner, you’re required to do tandem diving, where in you have to cling onto the instructor. This is only at the beginning. Once you get the hang of it, you can let go and explore by yourself. I was a little too excited, and being the energy ball I am, was constantly flailing and dancing about underwater. haha.
Being underwater, not being able to talk was kind of daunting at first. I remember my first freak-out. You know the feeling when you’re riding on an airplane and your ears pop? That happens when you go deeper underwater as well.
The first time it happened, I started flailing to David and jerking my thumbs upwards (the hand signal for: take me the F out of this water). David, ever the professional, calmed me down and reminded me via hand signals, to Equalize. This procedure meant that I should squeeze my nose and blow through it, so that the pressure is well, equalized. I had to do this a lot cause of my tendency to this annoying ear problem. Equalizing— my underwater bestfriend.
I finally understand what my foreign friends tell me about diving in the Philippines. There are so many beautiful things to see under the sea! I was constantly getting scolded by David for acting like an ADHD child who kept rushing to every little thing that got her attention. Haha.
Seeing that I was already comfortable underwater, David offered to go a little bit deeper. (That’s what she said lol lol lol) Looking over the abyss scared the crap out of me. I had to cling to his arm the whole time we were going down there because I was scared of how big the ocean truly was. That how the deep trench made me think that a monster can pop out and have me for lunch.
The picture above also scared me. This is an underwater tombstone. I only learned about the story behind it when we were out of the water. Apparently, three buddies went scuba diving together, and one of them forgot to check his air supply. Eventually, two heads emerged out of water, while the third one was lost. Even scarier thought? He was never found.
Thank you so much to my scuba diving partner in crime, David, for this wonderful experience. I did two dives for 45 minutes each on that day. Though I ended up collapsing in bed upon getting home, I would definitely have a go at it again, and re-live my Little Mermaid fantasies.
How about you guys? Has anyone tried out scuba diving? Did you also have the same shallow scares as I did on your first time? Haha.