Firstly, I would like to say thank you to my Cousin Lisa who pressured and forced me to give scuba a shot! Thinking I would be relaxing and sun-baking, she totally tricked me into doing this on our Groupon Jamaica trip!
Then again, I’m very glad she made me scuba dive with her under the sea because it was definitely the hardest and scariest thing I did!
Plus, more stuff to cross out on my bucket-list-of-crap-to-do!
Here’s a picture of me on the left and my Cousin Lisa on the right.
Here are some Scuba Diving Groupons I’ve seen online:
(1) Scuba Dive for fun: approx. $50 on Groupon (originally $100.) A great starter to see if this sport will turn into a hobby!
(2) Open-Water Scuba-Certification: approx. $160 on Groupon (originally $400.) Yup, scuba turned into a hobby and I got PADI certified in Jamaica! Every course is a little different some last as long as six days, but I only had a three day course with 4 dives. First day, did some pool training and then hopped into open water for my first dive and swam around. Third and fourth dives were pretty much the “test days,” so you’ll have to perform all the modules taught during the pool dives. Oh! Yes! Another thing! There is a written exam, so be prepared to read the book and do practice problems! Don’t worry, if you fail the first exam there’s always a second try! Once you passed, you’re instructors snaps a picture of you, fill in some paper work, and sends it off by three weeks you’re officially certified and get a cool little ID card with it too!
Here’s a photo of me performing one of my test sets. I had to completely take my mask off for a long-ass-time before I can put it back on and clear the water off the mask. I thought I was going to breathe through my nose and drown! Scary, but I made it through alive! On the right is my cool instructor! Private lessons all day!
Other tips: bring a waterproof camera that is designed for diving! Thank goodness my cousin Lisa had one! We got to capture a lot of memories! Depending on where you dive, you might get to see cool little creatures! Also, I scubaed in Jamaica, so waters were much warmer! And I also heard that waters in Cancun were much nicer and clearer - so, you get to see more animals swimming around!
Captured from the camera…
A lobster hiding!
Fishies wondering around…
Can you spot the stingray?
Look! Another stingray!
This is cool…
And this one too…
And there were heaps to see, but didn’t capture everything!
Best memories: I totally sound like I was excited to do this scuba diving thing… Dude, I was shitting my wetsuit! I was so afraid of breathing through my nose and drowning to death on my vacation! Below, is a picture of my instructor, my cousin, and I holding hands as we go back up, up, and up on the last day when I amazingly completed and passed my open water training course. It was a good feeling! Mission accomplished!
Last thoughts: below, is a picture that describes open water scuba diving… It’s another world… under the sea…
Interested? Here’s the website for more info of getting scuba diving certified: www.padi.com