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Scuba Diving on the Great Barrier Reef

I did an introductory scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef. Scuba diving and the Great Barrier Reef, like most people have been on the bucket list for a while now. I am a confident swimming and you’ll never guess what happened to me.

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Myself and Rob before I went out on my first dive on the Great Barrier Reef.

INTRODUCTORY DIVE

After doing an intro dive you will not be a certified diver. You will dive to a maximum of 12 metres with a trained professional instructor.

SAFETY

One of my biggest concerns with doing a dive without any prior training was how safe is it?

Well I couldn’t have felt in safer hands than I did. We had a PADI (the Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Professional Dive Instructor who went through every detail of the dive gear and how to equalise on the way up and down.

He answered any questions and concerns and we could tell we were in safe hands.

ABOUT PADI DIVE

PADI is a worldwide recognised dive training association. They have different levels of qualifications and their students undergo intense training to become qualified.

Introductory Dive with Calypso Reef Cruises on the Great Barrier Reef.

EDUCATION

You will learn a lot on the intro dive like how to equalise the pressure, how to clear any water from your mask under water, how to clear water from your regulator if you take it out of your mouth and how to find your regulator again if you drop it.

GETTING SUITED UP

The dive instructor helped us to put on the dive equipment to ensure it was all on correctly.

We had to wear a stinger suit due to it being stinger season in Australia, weight belt to help hold us down and the the BCD (check what this stands for) which included our tank to breath and a life jacket we could inflate and deflate, our regulator which is what we breath through and a few extra bits.

THE DIVE

Before we dived down we were taking 2-3 metres beneath the surface to run through some skills we had learnt on the boat.

The Skills

There was 3 skills.

  1. How to clear water from our mask under water
  2. How to remove the regulator from our mouth, and clear the water from it when putting it back in.
  3. How to find our regulator again in the event that we drop it.

Once the instructor was happy everyone in the group was capable of doing the skills he brought us all down slowly.

During an introductory dive you can’t swim off on your own. You hold onto the instructor and he’ll bring you around and ensure you’re safe.

THE FEELING

AT FIRST

This is when I thought it was all going wrong. At the start I freaked out and I nearly gave up the chance to dive. I don’t know what panicked me. The weather was awful and the water was so rough but Im quite a confident swimmer even in open water.

I felt like I was suffocating the moment I got in the water and couldn’t breathe.

WHAT HAPPENED

I’ll explain.. I got out of the water, removed the diving gear and was convinced that this was it, I wasn’t diving. This wasn’t something I could do. The thing is, I wasn’t the only one. Another diver felt the exact same which gave me some reassurance. It isn’t natural to be able to breathe underwater and normally I can hold my breath for some time. We were told we had to continue to breath as normal and this was very important for equalising. 

I DID IT

You guessed it, I got back in the scuba gear at the next reef location and got straight back in the water, it was like nothing happened.

I was much calmer and I’m so grateful I gave it a second chance because it was the most surreal experience of my life.

RECOMMENDATION

From my personal experience, if you in any way have a fear of not being able to breathe then a dive probably won’t be for you.

This isn’t a fear I had and I still panicked. You will be able to breathe with your regulator but it takes your brain a minute to understand that.

It was the best experience, if you have no fears and are happy being under water than definitely give it a try!

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Hi Im Ana, I’ve created the blog Irishtravelgal.com to share all my travel experiences. Im currently in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. 

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