Published: May 20th 2007May 20th 2007
When we first decided to travel the world one of the things we knew we would want to do was scuba. Lisa has done this before when she was younger however I was new to it all. It all began with a try dive Lisa bought me for Xmas which was in a rather warm swimming pool in chester, we were both hooked. The next day we signed up to a 6 week course which involved class lessons and practicals....oh and HOMEWORK!! The weeks just flew by with us conquering all the tasks put in front of us and with me scoring 100% in all exams, lisa also claims she did but i know better. There was also a great gang of other would be divers on our course all wanting to learn for different reasons and all flew through the course as well.
With the written course finished it was time for the serious business of diving, the reason we all signed up to get in the deep blue sea. Our first dive was in Treadur bay on Anglesey, the weather forcast was rain! We were up early to travel and the weather was decidedly sunny. We arrived
in convoy and were greeted by a rather strict lady who runs the dive shop there, we were told what we could and couldn't do, basicaly we could breathe, dive and to be honest not much else. We all kitted up and lugged our kit down to the beach and watched the tide come in. We were told at high tide we could go as deep as 8 meters. Not the 18 we hoped or would be qualified to but we were told that dives 3 and 4 the next day would bring us this depth. So in we waded and before long we were diving! Our first dive was how can i put it, an experience. With the tide coming in it was chopping up the sea bed giving us visibility of a whole 2 meters, however we did get to see a crab and a fish so wasn't that bad. Dive 1 over and done, time for lunch then dive 2. Dive 2 was much the same as dive 1 apart from the vivibility being less. A few drills later and dives 1 and 2 were completed and we were informed that we were qualified Scuba Divers. The
next day with dives 3 and 4 would bring us the Open water diver qualification we wanted allowing us to dive unaided anywhere in the world.
We all headed to a nice hotel arranged for us by our group leader where much needed food, drink and sleep was had. Day 2 we all awoke fresh and ready for our days diving. A full welsh breakfast helped recharge our batteries and off we headed to Lanberis to the famous Vivien quary. We arrived at the quarry at 9.30 only to find the dive centre didn't open until 10.00. at least the sun was shining! After much grumbling about missing an extra 30mins sleep we started to kit up. Now experts at setting up we were done in record time and walked to catch our first glimpse of where the real diving begins. The Quarry was awsome, super clear 18 meters deep and full of sunken boats, a house and much much more. In we went and even with our dry suits on it was a little nippy. Straight down the line and the diving was awsome, 12 meters visibility loads to see, just what we wanted. Before we arrived we
bought a disposable underwater camera safe to 10 meters which we left in the capable hands of one of instructors Steve. He wanted to try and make it implode at 18m but as we were paying he did what he was told! Anyway 2 dives and many drills later and we were qualified divers oh and completely knackered. Log books were filled in, long goodbyes with our fellow divers and off home we went with tales of sharks and submarines, well gnomes and a manequin with a bra on but still just as exciting.
Now qualified divers our next dive will be on our Honeymoon in Crete where we hope to be in wamer water. The first dive on our travels will be In Siberia in Lake Baikal (sounds cold) in mid August where they say you gain a year on your life if you bathe in it.
Our next blogs will be about our travel prep and impending wedding. We will have to wait for the real traveling to begin on August 9th 2007 before it can officially be our travel blog but please check back or subscribe to our blog for updates.
Graeme & Lisa
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