Why Scuba Diving? By Abhishek Nair
A very nice blog by Abhishek Nair about why he likes scuba diving.
Escape the bustle
What can be more frustrating than being stuck in a heavy traffic for hours? With people honking literally bursting your ear drums out while you try to wind your way out of the human-cum-automobile stream? Or maybe the tiring endless barrage of deadlines?
Won’t you want an escape from all that? For me, Scuba Diving in Thailand was a true escape from the life’s everyday hustle-bustle.
Racha Yai is known for its natural and untouched beauty. With seemingly endless visibility and cool water environments supporting many colder water creatures. It is a fascinating scuba diving location in Thailand.
My friends and I decided to try our hand at scuba diving and this was our first time. I, being the adventure enthusiast in the gang, influenced everyone to get a taste of it and God! Wasn’t that an amazing experience!
Life, down underwater, is nothing short of fascinating! It adds a completely new dimension to a person’s thought process. I have never seen something so amazing and pleasing to the eye. The creatures have a kingdom of their own where the laws are written by nature and followed by the ones who have made a vast world out of it.
Arrangements made on the day of the dive,
Scuba diving at Thailand is indeed a must do for any adventure enthusiast in Thailand other than the obvious that most people go there for. Aussie divers are highly professional and very
particular about following their schedule, which makes it very easy for you to plan out your entire holiday at ease.
They charge a fee of 4000 to 5000 baht depending on the season you visit Thailand. But, trust me, it’s worth the experience. You wouldn’t want to ever miss it.
Since we were all amateurs, we signed up for a professional scuba diving instructors and we had a team of 5 divers tutoring 5 of us. My diving instructor, Darren, was highly experienced and was more than willing to let me be myself 12 meters under water. I would strongly recommend Aussie Divers to anybody who intends to scuba dive in Thailand. They were highly trained and professional in their functioning.
We were picked up from our hotel at 6 am and the instructors had made all the arrangements, which made things quite smooth and calmed us all of our apprehensions and fears. We were looking forward to the 2 hour yacht cruise, leading us to Chelong Bay *Racha Yai Island* – our scuba diving destination.
When we arrived we had a personalized training session with Darren and his team, which did a world of good to our confidence. They calmed our nerves and got us abreast with the necessary skills that one needs to ensure a smooth dive under water.
We dove off the boat and slowly sank into the sea.
There is nothing like the experience breathing underwater. You feel your throat dry up and any attempt of blowing air from your nose is futile. In the struggle of breathing from your mouth, you can’t help but swallow the salty sea water. And then you make a conscious effort to try and convince yourself to breath from the mouth.
What fascinated me thoroughly was the sound of my own breath underwater – it was hypnotizing…
Darren taught me all the basic gear handling techniques and the emergency tips to stay alive in emergency situations. We kept swimming, deeper and deeper and my trainer kept on communicating through hand gestures to make sure I was al-right with the water pressure. For someone like me, who is impulsive, hyper and over-excited, it took me some time to get used to the slow motions of the water. Everything moved at a snail’s pace.
Once we got to the bottom, we took pictures, moved around plants and rocks, tried to swim after schools of fish, and explored the deep waters as much as we could. Swimming deeper, I suddenly saw the three professional divers waving at me.
It was so quiet and that the only thing I could hear was my own breath. But when I looked around, I was amazed at the infinite lengths of the ocean all around. Unlike big cities, where your vision is hindered by numerous obstacles, the underwater was clear-cut beauty.
I was in awe of the sheer magnificence of it all and just wanted time to stand still. I wanted to stay there and take it all in until I was suddenly interrupted by my cylinder indicating that I was left with low levels of oxygen and so, reluctantly, I swam back up to the surface.
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