I had booked my trip to South Africa and was super excited to see wonderful nature and just be able to relax after working 50-60 hours pr week for 4 months. After booking my trip everyone kept telling me how unsafe it was to go there alone as a girl. Having traveled many times all by myself before, I wasn’t skeptical until some friends told me how they had friends who had been shot. (more…)
Should you get one? I know diving isn’t something you just do – until you actually just do it. Should you really spend that much money on it? And is it something for you?
YES – You should definitely give it a chance. I know you’ll love it.
I went on a vacation to the Red Sea with my boyfriend this January. He was sure he wouldn’t dive. But then I convinced him to try an intro dive. And suddenly he had taken two intro dives and loved it!
If you’re not sure whether you should pay so much money for an Open Water certificate, you should start with an intro dive. On an intro dive you will be alone with an instructor and he will be sure everything is safe. You will learn the basic rules of diving, but never be on your own risk. Under water he won’t leave you alone and there is no need to worry at all.
Basically you have about 20 minutes under water where you can just enjoy watching the fishes and coral reefs.
You won’t have any responsibilities during this dive.
After this intro dive I am sure you’ll love it and want more.
Almost everybody can get the certificate. You have to be able to swim, but you don’t have to be an expert. As long as you’re able to swim around for minutes without going under water.
Some things that people often worry about is:
– Do I need to be an excellent swimmer?
Yes/No – you must be able to swim
– I have problems with my ears. Can I still dive?
Probably not. Ask your doctor, but it can be dangerous.
– The tank seems so heavy. I worry I’ll have problems with the buoyancy.
Under water everything gets lighter. You’ll feel like you weight nothing!
– What if I get decompression illness?
You only get this if you panic and you’re not under control. This doesn’t happen out of the blue.
I can only say that you should definitely try it. If you’re unsure, then try the intro dive.
The world under water is so different compared to above.
I remember once a dive, where it was very cloudy with a lot of waves. The sun wasn’t really shining. But as soon as I jumped into the water everything was more bright and calm. If I had a head ache, it was gone under water. If I was tired, I couldn’t feel it while diving.
To me it seems like all problems go away under water. It’s calm and relaxed. Sometimes there’s a bit current, but nothing you can’t handle (if you go to the right places). Looking a the little fishes and maybe a shark shows you what the world really is about. Some animals don’t even know about human beings – and they wouldn’t care if they did.
It really shows us that the world is not all about the human beings and our material things.
One of the other things I like about diving is that sometimes it feels like you’re up in space. There’s no left, no right. Where’s up and down? You only know when you see the surface of the water.
Is it difficult to dive? And will I be able to learn?
It’s easier than learning how to drive a car. I can assure you I’m right. Learning how to drive is not as fun as diving. You learn faster if you love what you do. If you’re interested in the world under the sea, the you will be able to learn. It won’t be difficult. You will have fun!!!
One day, I hope, you’ll choose to take the first step and dive.
PADI is the world’s largest recreational membership and diver training organization. This company is highly recommended if you want to be able to dive worldwide. They have the best instructors and have the best recommendations.
Still in doubt? Ask me any question, and I’ll try to convince you!
My view of diving might be different from others. I always think that drinking and diving goes hand in hand together. The place also has to be hot, humid, and have clear water.
When I took my Open Water divers license and later the advanced as well, I had the impression that you could only be hungover to be able to dive. (more…)
Two years ago I took my advanced open water diving certificate. I clearly remember first day of diving. If you had asked me a few days before I started taking the certificate, I had no idea that I was going to dive.
I was traveling 2 months in Honduras and El Salvador. The last two weeks were spent on one of the Bay Islands in the Caribbean – Utila. This is where it all began with my passion for diving.
I had bought a trip to Honduras and El Salvador, where all activities where planned ahead and we, 20 young Danish people who just finished High School, just had to follow our local guide through the country.
Two days before arriving at Utila, I found out that I was going to take a diving certificate. I had no perceptions and didn’t know what I could expect. At the beginning I didn’t even fear it.
Today I’m glad I didn’t fear trying to dive. I think that if I had known it in advance I’d be scared and come with a lot of excuses why I shouldn’t try it. But in the water we jumped and I loved it from the first day!
In the evening of the first day of diving I had my first date with a very handsome guy, who was studying to become a dive instructor. I told him about the first day – how crazy it was to dive and exciting I thought it was.
A couple of days later I finally got my open water diver license. The dive center asked us if we would like to take the advanced course. I immediately said yes – because that would give me the opportunity to dive and try more under water! It’s expensive if you take both courses right after each other. But it’s definitely worth it! You can do so much more after the advanced course and you feel much more secure about it all.
2 weeks of diving in total started my new passion and one of my hobbies. Traveling to go diving was definitely something I could see myself doing in the future. And what I didn’t know back then was that I would go diving again soon!
After spending my diving holidays on the island Utila, and later going to a nearby island called Roatan, it was time go back home to little Denmark. At home it was cold and everything I thought about was the feeling of diving and the date I went to.
Two months later I visited the guy. He was now officially a dive instructor and we could go diving together. And that’s what we did – again in the Caribbean. But this time we were at the US Virgin Islands where he worked and I could dive for free.
Honestly, every time I had a dive I feel like there is so much to talk about. The feeling you have underwater and all the things you get to see are simply unbelievable. It gives you a kick but it’s also very relaxing. The world under the sea is so different – all your problems go away and you only have to focus on one thing: to enjoy it!
One dive is never like another. They are never the same. Sometimes you see a lion fish, dolphin or a turtle. It can be quiet and peaceful, but also with current sometimes. You feel weightless, you see the sun above you on the surface of the water.
I recently dived in the Red Sea and I totally loved it. I missed diving with all my friends from Honduras – it would have been nice to share the experience with them.
My goal is to take the Rescue Diver class and after that take the Dive Master class. I don’t think I’m gonna be an instructor, but it would be nice to be a dive master.
I am not done at all with diving. After visiting Sharm El Sheikh I realized what made me happy. Diving and traveling. Being surrounded by nature, adventure and people. Just living the life and feeling free both under and over water.
I love diving. How about you? Where have you dived before?