open water diving course

Last last last last weekend I took the beginner scuba course up at Safari Lodge. It was awesome beyond great!!! The weekend greatly surpassed my expectations, and those were already really high. There were 5 of us up there, all together. It was a beautiful awesome spot with great awesome people and superb diving. (One of the top two places in Fiji to dive)

Nananu-I-Ra island has the most healthy coral I have seen so far in Fiji, it’s colourful and awesome pleasing to the eye. My plan before I left Fiji was to get certified here, and while I’ve been here I decided that I wanted to do it somewhere where there was no pool and had awesome diving, so I could save money in the long run.

I was a bit nervous (ok, a lot nervous) about some of the skills I knew I had to do, like take my mask off with my eyes closed (contacts suck) and not scraping myself on the bottom. It all turned out okay, though! I did the course with two friends, Liz and Alden. Christine (from SFU) did her advanced course at the same time. They were all just as excited as I was! Kat was there as well, and you can read about her Safari Lodge adventures here.

The coolest things I saw were a big coral fan, a plethora of giant clams and huge schools of fish (mmm sardines). Everything else I (technically) have seen before while snorkelling (you can see A LOT from just snorkelling) but it was way more awesome cooler and a lot easier to do while diving.

The divemaster took down a camera with us so we have lots of awesome pictures.

I found diving very easy after the first two dives. It took me a while to figure out how many weights I needed and I was over-weighted the first 3 dives. I would go from floating at the top to rocketing down to the bottom, and vice versa. We decided that I have dense bones and Liz is actually a bird (hollow bones)!

rub a dub dub

rub a dub dub – Liz, me, Evan

A zillion pictures after the break….

forever having buoyancy issues

forever having buoyancy issues – me, Liz, Evan

scuba-2

haaauuuge coral

haaauuuge coral

sardines

sardines

sea cucumber

sea cucumber

scuba-7

giant clam

scuba-6 scuba-9

liz, now a professional scuba diver

liz, now a professional scuba diver

liz and I

liz and I

OK!

OK!

always having buoyancy issues

always having buoyancy issues

triggerfish

triggerfish

huuuuge fan!

huuuuge fan!

scuba-16

sweetlips

angelfish

angelfish

scuba-18

parrotfish

liz

liz

scuba-20 scuba-21 scuba-22 scuba-23

always having buoyancy issues

always having buoyancy issues

scuba-25

anenome fish

anenome fish

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