3 Days of Diving - The Open Water Diver Course

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
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Trip End Dec 15, 2011


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Friday, May 27, 2011

I've combined the last 3 days of photo's into this one blog as essentially I've spent the last 3 days learning to dive/diving. What a bloody fantastic activity! I learnt with Amigo's Divers http://amigosdivers.ru/index.php?lang=en and had a lovely Russian instructor called Maksim (or I just called him Max) and learned the NDL (National Diving League) way. He was a great instructor making me feel so relaxed and comfortable under the water, even when I had to take my mask off and clear it of water when I put it back on, take off my tank, etc. All quite easy, and not stressy with my brilliant instructor. 


07:39 I'm up early today, 6.30am in fact as I had to be at the scuba diving centre at 7. I got there and sat about for 40more mins however before we actually left the place. I got my scuba open water book last night and started to have a read, for today I will try scuba diving. And if I like it and don't half drown, I will do the open water diver course, that way I will be ready for all the other places I go. The instructors are german and Russian, so I detect military precision in the air! And the course is $230- the equivalent of about 150, which is incredibly good value I believe. Plus, I really quite like Nha Trang, sure it's a bit of a magaluff with people trying tonight you in with happy hour drinking that starts so early in the day it's ridiculous, but you don't have to be involved with that. I'm quite enjoying standing still for a while in a place where I've been meeting people, can eat a bit of western food occasionally, although I mostly eat Pho Ga (chicken noodle soup) for 1 and now will enjoy making the sea a bit more of my domain, just as I've made the sky a more familiar domain 10 years ago. Wow, it was 10 years ago now I got my private pilots licence, time for an underwater licence then!
 
14:19 What an amazing day, I did 2 dives today. The first one, wow, after putting a ton of gear on, and learning how it all fitted together, I stepped to the edge of the boat, weighed down, and took a giant step outward. Crash, into the water, and down a few feet, then up I floated, breathing through this foreign object, taken up by my buoyancy jacket covers in tubes and weights. I hadn't sunk to the bottom like a stone and drowned, I was floating, everyone else in the water watching, and they clapped. Max, my Russian instructor was just one on on with me today, I lay on my back and we swam over towards the shore where it was shallower and there was a sandy bottom. 
 
I put my breathing regulator in, trying to get used to it not being the same air around me, like when you snorkel. Gradually, max let the air out of my buoyancy vest, whilst holding on tight to it and me too, and I started to sink. As my face and head went under the water and I could see that the only way we were headed was down, and I was breathing through something I've never breathed through before, I felt a bit sort of worried, not full on panic, but certainly a feeling of 'oh my god! This is wrong, it doesn't feel right, do I want to stop now? Do I rush back for the surface?' all whilst me and Max were face to face and he's asking me every couple of seconds, am I ok. The further we sank from the surface the more I could see my escape disappearing. I was just going to have to get used I this. We got to the sandy floor just a few metres from the surface and I 'sat' on my knees. We did some exercises so I could get comfy with this foreign concept. First it was taking the breathing regulator out and outing it back in so I knew how I could get rid of the water and keep breathing. That was all fine. Next tossing it aside and having to find the tube by feeling around for it in 2 different ways, also fine. Then, letting some water into my mask and blowing it out. A lot simpler to do than I ever imagined in fact. Then we swam around a bit and I got more and more comfortable with the idea of breathing far below water. I really had no idea just how weird it would feel at first.

Getting out of the water was difficult, you have to climb out and up this ladder carrying what feels like at least half the weight you are, and certainly after feeling weightless it's even more tricky.

The next dive we tried more complex things, like I take the weight belt off and put it back on, taking my mask off completely whilst under water and putting it back on and clearing it, and also trying to find the point at which you are not sinking or rising, just there.
Again, we did more swimming about looking at the fish and coral, and i just loved it.

After my 2nd dive we came back to the boat and had lunch whilst the boat headed back to shore. We go back to shore about 1.30 and tired from the early rise and busy day of learning new things, I took a shower and then came to relax in bed and have a sleep. There is more study and videos to be watched tonight so I need a little sleep before carrying on.
 
20:40 I ended up not really managing to sleep, it was a funny sort of being deliriously tired and fighting to not sleep properly as I feared not sleeping that night. I dozed a while, watched the last last episode of the 6 feet under series (cracking series, it's a shame it ended).

It seems that I am the only person in the 10 person dorm, pretty unusual really as it has been full lately, but this did at least mean I could turn all the lights off and have peace and quiet for sleeping.
I had some dinner and helped some guys with speaking english again, and went to bed about 10.

Oh yes, technically I should have left the country yesterday(24th). Here's hoping my visa has been successfully extended else I'm in trouble!

Best: scuba diving and all the fish

Worst: such an early start!!

Most beautiful: lots of the fish that sadly I am unable to take photos of as I've no underwater camera.


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Mummers on

Great to see so many pictures of you!!
What an amazing experience so well described.
Well done!

MICHELLE on

Hello Zoe !
How are you ? Zoe
I want traveling viet nam at july , 2011 . I read review of you in tripadvisor . Your trip very amazing but i read many review in tripadvisor and i check www.hueeasyridertour.weebly.com not of Mr Tri . So i think again my trip at july 2011 . I want you give me 1 advice .
I know before in tripadvisor of www.hueeasyrider.com .
Thank you so much
Michelle , Quecbec Canada

zoebuck
zoebuck on

Hi Michelle, there seems to be some confusion at the moment on tripadvisor as to that listing- I think they took the new submission and thought it was an amendment of an existing one. Anyway, I think Tri is cheaper by $10 per day than the hueeasyriders and he has a paper book full of comments from people who travelled with him, I just tried to get him set up online. We had a great time and I'd recommend him.

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