by Pat
on Apr 26th, 2007

Diving Is Great!

Just a quick one to say that, after my first day of my 5 day PADI Open Water Diving Course with Pro Dive, I am FULLY looking forward to tomorrow and even more to the three “on a boat on the reef, doing dives amoungst amazing fish, mammals and plants” days starting on Saturday.

Today was half classroom based (the morning) and half practical based (the afternoon), with a medical sandwiched in between. Excitingly, I passed the medical, but alas 2 of the 12 of us didn’t and had to go back to their hostels.

The classroom work involved watching information DVDs, going through the points made in a less cheesy American fashion and doing a couple of multiple choice quizzes. We even got some homework to do (although I’m not sure I’ll be any good at it as, well, it’s been a long time since I’ve had to motivate myself to study in my own time and, as you might know, I wasn’t all that amazing at that whilst at Uni. At least there’s no student radio station here, eh? ;-) ).

The practical part of things involved getting used to the diving gear in the swimming pool and doing such things as “seeing what it’s like when your air runs out”, sharing your buddy’s air / sharing yours with your buddy, descending, ascending and all that.

I wasn’t sure if I’d like it at first but I can safely say that I really enjoy being underwater with all the diving gear on. I guess I’m a bit of a water baby. It would explain my love of swimming underwater… and at least with diving I’ve got a mask on so my eyes don’t feel like they’re about to bleed for five hours after a long swimming pool sesh…

Bring on the reef!!

Right, time to go and get a nice $10 meal and pint at The Woolshed pub. I’m a classy guy.



P.S. More stuff about my time in Darwin, Cairns, Cape Tribulation, plus the full low down on the diving course will hopefully emerge next week.
P.P.S. I’ve got lots of stuff booked for the east coast – I’m now doing “Xtreme” river rafting on the Tully river, sailing (with more diving) around the Whitsundays group of islands, 4×4 driving on Fraser Island, surf lessons in Byron Bay and, of course, some theme parks on the Gold Coast. I might even do the Syndey harbour bridge climb when I get there this time. Wooh!

3 Responses to “Diving Is Great!”

  1. craig.garlandon 26 Apr 2007 at 12:29 pm

    I lost my keys in the woolshed in the early aftermarth of the pro dive “we have returned to cairns without being eaten or dying of elaborate decompression problems therefore should have lots to drink” drinking session.

    2am scrabbling around on the floor looking for a room key. My innovative solution (powered by VB) was to send my girlfriend into a nearby nice hotel and sweet talk the security gaurd into giving us a room which he did for the sum of $10.24 (sum total of combined wallet contents) including breakfast.

    Have fun on the reef!

  2. frostystooon 27 Apr 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Does VB = Visual Basic? I didn’t realise you could program your girlfriend to do stuff for you theses days. I better upgrade, sounds ace!

  3. the_markon 29 Apr 2007 at 2:22 pm

    Wow, so after already conquering air and earth on your many adventures, you’re now conquering water. Excellent! I can only presume that next up is something involving fire? Captain Planet would be proud.