For some reason, danger doesn’t particularly scare me.
Jumping out of a plane doesn’t scare me. Bungee jumping doesn’t really phase me. White water rafting, paragliding, and roller coasters are my idea of fun. The things that most people find frightening are the same things that excite me…but for some reason, scuba diving terrified me. I’m not afraid of sharks or any other sea creature, but the idea of being under water for 45 minutes was unimaginable. Nonetheless, I decided to sign up to get my open water certification with Big Blue Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand. Little did I know, it was going to be one of the most exciting and best adventures to date.
Once we reached about 18 meters (~59 feet) and I was face to face with Nemo and thousands of other beautiful fish, I realized there was nothing to be scared of in the first place. There is something about being 18 meters below the surface and realizing that you are breathing when you really shouldn’t be that is so freeing. There is a beauty in being able to see the things you never thought you’d be able to and exploring a world you’ve never seen before.
However, I don’t know if I would have even been able to experience any of that if it weren’t for my instructor.
While I was able to overcome my fear of scuba diving, I credit a lot of that to my instructor at Big Blue Diving in Koh Tao. Our instructor’s name was Scotty and he was truly amazing. He managed to be hilarious for the better part of course, but serious when it mattered. Can’t forget to give a shout out to Bibi, the assistant to the course. My experience with Big Blue was nothing less than exceptional and I can’t recommend them enough.
While I began the week nervous to be even 5 meters under water for an extended period of time, I ended it by falling in love with the sport.
I loved it so much, I decided to continue on and get my advanced adventurer certification. This allowed me to reach a whopping 30 meters (~98 feet) below the surface. Fun fact: Apparently when you go down that deep, some people feel drunk. Low key mad that didn’t happen to me.
While I would absolutely recommend getting your diving certification anywhere, part of what made my experience so amazing was the place I got certified at. Big Blue Diving in Koh Tao really made me feel comfortable under the water and helped me find a new (rather expensive) hobby and I can’t thank them enough.
Since diving in Koh Tao, I’ve been on five additional dives.
I dove 3 times in Coron, Philippines where I got to explore Barracuda Lake and two wreck dives. A few days later, I headed to El Nido Palawan and saw my first turtle while diving! Since receiving my certification, I have a sudden urge to plan my trips around diving. As usual, I want to see as much of the world as I can, but now I have an entirely new world to explore, as well. Already looking forward to my next dive (and praying I’ll finally see a shark)!
Have you guys been diving? If so, where was your favorite dive site? What was the coolest thing you got to see under water? Let me know in the comments!
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