If you have missed my anxiety attack on first sea descend, do read them HERE before reading this post. To encourage more readers to take up diving, I would like to share how I did my open water course with Career One Divers. Career One Divers is actually a diving school which was introduced by my friends and boyfriend. The most economical diving class in town. For your information, Career One Divers offers SDI diving, instead of PADI.
As I have completed my pool sessions, there was more than a month gap before I went to Pulau Perhentian to complete the course. Cost-wise, we carpooled to Kuala Besut (RM80 each return, shared by 5 person), the boat trip to Perhentian Besar Island costs RM75 per person, the campsite at Teluk Keke costs RM10 per night per person and food expenses were only RM25 per pax. We cooked our own meal.
At Pulau Perhentian, we had 4 sea descents, for which we were evaluated by the dive instructor. From time to time, we were called by our dive instructors for briefings. I was put in a group of 4 under supervision of En. Hussain Jaafar. He’s the coolest dive instructor I have met. I had my baby sister to be my buddy. Among the four of us, Hariz was the youngest of all. He is 15+ years old. I learned from En. Hussain Jaafar that a child below 16 will be certified as junior open water diver. So young kan?
To be honest, I was quite afraid and nervous especially my boyfriend who knew my fear was unable to make it for the trip to Perhentian. During the first sea descend, I knew I had to rely on myself and no one else. I ensured I set up my equipment correctly and tried to absorb as much as I could from the dive instructors. I was glad my group was small as it somehow enhanced my confidence level. I surprised myself when the fear began to settle down as I submerged comfortably underwater.
Everything went smooth except that at one point I was struggling as my weight system came off. I began to make a quick ascend. Luckily En Hussain managed to get hold of me and put one of his weight in my BCD compartment. Weather was a bit off as the underwater current was strong and the visibility was bad. We had to kneel down as we demonstrated the diving lesson we had learned before. Although I tried so hard to not move, the current pushed me here and there. I know it’s a lame excuse. 🙂
There were moments when I could not help but guess the hand sign put forward by the instructor. It was when we were on the surface that we had the chance to ask what exactly did he mean. On top of them all, there was always a sense of uncertainty surrounding your first few dives. How often do you have to equalize? How do you know the pressure changes? When do you need to clear your mask? How often do you need to check your gauge ie. air? How far out your buddy can be? There were and still are 1001 questions on my mind. Some got sorted out when we had our post mortem sessions with our dive instructors. The rest needs to be acquired on as and when basis.
2 dives were supposed to be done at Ruang Tiga, Pulau Perhentian. But it was cancelled due to strong underwater current. We went back to Teluk Keke for the last two dives.
I’m looking forward to fun dives trip. Sapa ada fun dive trip sila lah ajak saya yang baru belajar.
(Ni posing lepas dah naik darat : From left – Irdzamir, Rasyid, yours truly, Wan Firdaus and Baya)
(Tak tahu apa yang terjadi)
To read Lily’s entry on this open water course trip, visit I PASSED MY DIVING LICENSE.