Underwater love

Sat 22nd October 2011

It’s true to say that we’ve both fallen in love with the ocean all over again. The past 7 days have ensured we discover sights like this, and I’ll never forget the experience.

Matt

Matt says...

Our final dive of the Advanced Training course! What an amazing 7 days of diving we’ve had. Nine dives under the belt already, my favourite was the night dive. I’ll definitely be diving again in the future!

 
Claire

Claire says...

The lessons. The training. The fear. Oh, the fear. But it’s all worth it when you get to share the ocean with it’s fascinating aquatic life. Bring on The Great Barrier Reef I say!

 

Hello Angel fish

Sat 22nd October 2011

Exploring the coral at 12-14 metres was one of my favourite parts of both diving courses. Meeting so many colourful, tropical fish along the way, it’s breathtakingly beautiful.

Matt

Matt says...

 
Claire

Claire says...

Just like a scene from Finding Nemo, this photo makes me smile everytime I look at it.

 

I’m A-ok

Sat 22nd October 2011

We quickly learned the commonly used underwater sign language. This sign means I’m okay and its not surprising considering the setting!

Matt

Matt says...

The most important sign language you will learn in diving is the “cut throat” sign; if your buddy does that it means they are out of air. Luckily if that happens there are many things you can do if it happens. It was all part of the training!

 
Claire

Claire says...

I love this photo. It’s like I’m swimming in the ocean all by myself. Diving really is unbelievable, it makes you appreciate the ocean for what it is, a huge expanse of water; a neverending playground.

 

Foever blowing bubbles

Sat 22nd October 2011

Here’s one of the two of us trying to keep our boyancy whilst taking a photo. Harder than it looks I hasten to add!

Matt

Matt says...

What an attractive pair we are! I don’t think anyone looks that great with scuba gear on.

 
Claire

Claire says...

I think wearing a mask underwater makes you look somewhat startled. Until I got used to it, I kept thinking something was wrong everytime I looked at Matt.

 

Hanging on a line

Sat 22nd October 2011

Descending and ascending with a line is part of the diving training. It ensures you are aware of the boat location, and helps to keep you (and your buddy) orientated.

Matt

Matt says...

After the deep dive we had to make a safety stop at 5 meters for 3 minutes to release the nitrogen from out blood (and stop us getting the bends). It’s easier said than done in choppy seas where you are being thrown back and forth in the water. The line to the surface was extremely helpful!

 
Claire

Claire says...

During the deep dive the waves were pretty choppy, so we were being thrown around a bit while ascending on the line. Never a dull moment whilst diving!

 
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