It’s official. I can swim the fishies. And swim with the fishies I shall. Laurel and I began working on our PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Certification while in Korea in July. For about $300 US dollars, we bought the manuals, watched the videos, took the knowledge development tests, and trained in a scuba diving pool for all the necessary skills we would need.
Then we took our referrals to the Philippines. At Alona Beach on the island of Bohol, we couchsurfed with an awesome Filipino woman named Michelle. She also happened to be our dive instructor at the Philippine Fun Divers. This is a 5 star dive shop right on the beach with some spectacular dive spots minutes away. For about another $300 US dollars we finished up our course with 4 open water dives over the course of two days.
Each dive was approximately 50 minutes under water. With prepping our gear, becoming oriented with the dive site, a surface interval, and writing in our log books, two dives took the better part of a day.
The diving was phenomenal. It was like being at an aquarium, except your inside it. And Darth Vader is following you everywhere you go. kooooooooooo, KSHEEEEEEE. We saw tons of fish including a lion fish, lots of crabs, shrimp, puffer fish, barracuda, eels, and coral, and so much other stuff I can’t even begin to identify.
After our certification, we decided we needed to put our new found skills to good use, and bought a day of diving at Balicasag Island. It was around $75 for the boat, the dives, and the equipment rental. We dove in two spots. The first, Black Forest, was smattered with black coral that had neon blue tips. Swarms of brightly lit fish jetted to and fro around the clusters of black forest. The second spot is named Marine Sanctuary. This is a 60 meter rock wall completely covered with sea coral and sea creatures. Our maximum depth was about 20 meters. We’re not going that deep…yet.
So while scuba diving is not quite an adventure sport, it is a fun hobby to have. I felt like a space invader in an alien world. A trespasser. And this world was like nothing I’d ever seen before. The certification was expensive, but now that we have it we are certified for life, and can splurge on underwater activities at will, so in the scheme of things, it’s totally worth it.
Let’s hang out, don some scuba gear, and go diving!!!
Thanks, and have a wonderful day!