And He Picked It UP!!! CREEPY
Trip Start Aug 30, 2009
244Trip End Dec 25, 2009
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Today I did two dives. The first dive was a buoyancy class dive because I'm always struggling with my buoyancy. The dive helped a lot because I did some fin pivots – where my fins were just touching the bottom and I practiced rising and falling by breathing in and out. Then I practiced buoyancy by drifting over coral reefs with just moving up slightly and down slightly by breathing. It was a bit of an odd feeling and my weights were a bit crooked so I was always in danger of rolling over onto my back like a turtle.
And speaking of turtles, towards the middle of the dive, my dive master spotted a big hawksbill turtle that was reared up against a small coral head and busy munching some sea squirts. We swam over and I tried to get down to shoot up, as I had learned in my photography class, but was still having some buoyancy issues so my instructor ended up taking some very nice close up footage of the turtle and then a nice video of him swimming up to the surface for air
Some more buoyancy issues and then a safety check at the end where I didn’t do too badly at hovering at 15 feet. It showed me what I need to do to improve and also that I need to have my weights properly distributed or I will be struggling the entire dive to keep from rolling over.
Our next dive was for naturalist class where we reviewed a lot of different types of sea life on land and then went over to Kilima Steps for a dive. The surface was kicking up quite a bit when we got over there so it was quickly into the water and descend. I did much better on the buoyancy on this dive and hovered quite nicely most of the time.
We found a couple of lionfish on a reef where we could sink onto the bottom to take some photos. My dive instructor gets a lot closer to the subject than I am willing to do and at one point, when he was guiding my hand, I was quite nervous because I would never be that close to a lionfish. What if it darted toward me? Luckily lionfish don’t dart and this one just drifted up and down and turned around when he decided he was done with posing for us
The current picked up a tiny bit so we stated drifting and I am happy to say that I drifted fairly evenly at a hover and didn’t have to do very much adding and subtracting air but concentrated on moving slightly up and down with just my breathing.
My instructor motioned to me that he wanted us to swim up the slope a bit and show me something. I am looking in the direction he is pointing when he swims further up the slope and reaches down and then picks up a sea snake!!!! OH MY GOSH. He turns and starts to swim towards me with it!!! OH MY GOSH. I am shaking my head violently, sucking air rapidly and back fining as fast as I can to get away. He figures out quickly that I don’t want him to come towards me and drops the snake, comes and gets my camera, swims back to the snake and takes a few photos as the snake has just slithered away slightly. I am totally freaked out. I probably used half my tank of air in those few seconds. I had never seen a sea snake except a dead one on the beach. I am probably one of the few divers who could have been totally happy never, ever, ever seeing a sea snake. Now I have seen one and had it carried towards me. Oh My Gosh. Never again, I hope. I do have a very unreasonable fear of all snakes.
He finally came back towards me with the camera, minus the sea snake and we drifted on away from it but of course now I am looking over my shoulder to make sure it doesn’t bear us any ill will from being photographed.
Tonight I am exhausted from all of this. Just the thought of it gives me the shudders. Honestly, I still have the photo he took of the sea snake on my computer but I think I have to delete it. Snakes give me the willies, even photos of them. I won’t keep a magazine with a photo of a snake on the cover so why would I want one on my computer. Exciting day. Way too exciting.