First Time Scuba Diving Experience

First Time Scuba Diving Experience

As you may have read from some of my posts, I am a huge fan of scuba diving. To say that I’m a huge fan would probably be an understatement. I live for it.

Living in the biggest archipelago in the world, it would be wrong for me not to try diving. During my 1 month trip to Bali, I decided to take on scuba diving for the first time. At that time I didn’t expect much of it and probably thought it would not fit me. Boy, I had never been so wrong in my life.

I first took my Discover Scuba Diving in Bali with OK Divers in Oct 2018. A friend of mine randomly asked me if I wanted to try scuba diving and I made a diving plan with her soon after.

The first day I arrived at Padangbai, I was asked to change into my swimming suit and a 4mm wetsuit. After changing my clothes, I was also asked to fill in medical requirement and agreement forms.

The scuba diving instructor explained to me about scuba diving in general and the need-to-know basic. He repeatedly warned me to never hold my breath underwater and never touch anything underwater, which are super important to remember if you want to try scuba diving, guys.

my super happy face

After the verbal explanation, he asked me to go to the pool to try some skills. These skills are mask clearing, underwater breathing, how to find my regulator, finning, weight trimming, and buoyancy control. These are the basic skills and you will always need them. Another thing that he taught me was to triple check my equipments as well as my buddy’s equipment.

Scuba divers always do this to ensure there’s nothing wrong with the equipments and to really make sure everything is ok. This may seem a little bit exaggerated but believe me, there are numerous dive accidents that was caused by faulty dive equipments.

The pre-dive check that was taught to me was B-W-A-R-F. B is for BCD (Buoyancy Compensator Device). W is for Weights and normally you will be given weight belt according to your weight trimming. A is for air, meaning you should always check your SPG (Submersible Pressure Gauge) and make sure the needle is not on 0 (fully opened tank) and it’s stable when you breath on the regulator. R is for regulator and F is for final OK.

After I did this pre-dive safety check with my buddy and my instructor, he told me that I was ready to try diving in open ocean. I was so excited and nervous at the same time, but he reassured me that everything was going to be really fun.

The next day, I arrived at OK Divers early at 8am in the morning and the crew was getting the equipments ready on the boat. I met my instructor and he introduced me to a cool Korean dive master who will be guiding me during the dive.

I was fortunate enough to have done my discover scuba diving in Manta Point and Crystal Bay. There were a few people telling me that it was a courageous move though because the current was quite strong and normally discover scuba diving was conducted in calmer sites. But, I will not discuss about it here and personally, I felt the sites were pretty safe for beginners. There’s also another saying that goes if you dive in Crystal Bay, you will definitely be back (so far it has been true, despite the cold water).

The thing about these two dive sites is that they are really special. In Manta Point, you can experience the sight of schooling manta rays being cleaned by cleaner fishes. Manta Point also has a swell that brings me back and forth along with it.

For Crystal Bay, this site is really famous to spot Mola Mola or Sunfish. Not only that, to see Mola Mola, you need to come at the right season (September to November) where the water is at its coldest temperature. The visibility in Crystal Bay is crystal clear and ranging between 30m – 35m, hence the name Crystal Bay.

The sea temperature at Manta Point was 23 degree Celsius and 22 degree Celsius in Crystal Bay. It was freezing and I almost thought that the thing that would really kill me was not the current but the temperature. Of course, I’m still alive and now I’ve been to colder sites.

I dove with my friend and the Korean dive master and saw one big manta ray in Crystal Bay. The whole time I was thinking that I will definitely take this seriously and do this for life. Heck, I might even pursue scuba diving career and currently I’m on my way there.

Moral of the story here is to stop expecting things and let them surprise you in the most beautiful ways. This post is dedicated to my Slovak friend and her randomness of asking me to dive, I can’t never thank her enough.

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