This is now the 2nd Day of the Scuba Diving course. It was to be my first ocean dive attempt. I was there early at around 8:30am. Believe it or not, I was the first to be there. I had a chat with Peter about diving, and long and behold, I was eventually sucked into getting a mask and a pair of gloves. I thought, why not!
Anyway, every instructor at Abyss has spoken highly of the dive site we are going to today. It was where one of the scene from Mission Impossible 2 was shot, where Tom Cruise rode a motorbike on the 100m bridge linking the island to La Perouse. Welcome to ‘Bare Island’! We were promised Sea Dragons & Blue Gopers. When we were at the site, Peter gave a brilliant introduction to the area. You can even see snakes here every Sunday! You know, the more I discover places like this in Sydney, the more I am surprised and amazed at what Sydney has to offer. Bare Island looks absolutely beautiful!
To kick off, we strapped on all of our gear, did our BWRAF checks (a pre-dive check procedure), and make our way towards the water. Kathy was a bit nervous, but was soon over it. The minute we jumped into the water, the first thing I noticed was the salty taste around my mouth. Thought I wasn’t gonna enjoy this. But I was wrong. Rob led me and Kathy underwater, and I was soon to discover just what a different world it is down there. Apparently we went down 10m, but it didn’t feel that deep at all. There were a lot of sea-life alright. Most I do not have a clue what they are. Besides, I was too busy concentrating on my breathing, than really enjoying the scenery. But, I did remember a blue groper, a rock cod and plenty of little colourful fishes. Some were swimming around freely, some were chasing each other, and some just sit on the reef surface. It’s definitely a lively place!
The 2nd session in the afternoon was a lot more skills exercise. I did feel a lot more comfortable in and out of the water. The day ended with a trip back to the shop to learn how to clean our gear. It’s another great day for me. Apparently we will be going to Cronulla tomorrow. Looking forward to that!!