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Published: August 6th 2011
Taganga is the sort of place that you get "stuck", which is exactly what happend to us. Our plan was to stay for a couple of days and we ended up staying for almost a week. Taganga is a small beach town on the northern coast. We were really interested in diving so the first thing we did was look into it. Apparently it is one of the cheapest places in the world to get certified so we figured if we don't do it now we never will. The first day we signed up for the coarse and got started. The first thing we did was watch these really boring videos. We tried to watch as many as possible that first day so we didn't have to watch them later. By the time we were finished with them it was dark and time for dinner.
The second day we started early to finish up the videos. We went over the content of what we watched and by mid-day we were ready to go into the water. For our first dive we were just going 5 meters deep starting from the beach. When we first went underwater I was so scared that I almost came up right away. I relaxed looked up and realized we were not that deep so I was OK. We practiced some of our skills that we learned under the water which was a lot more difficult then i though then we swam around a little. It was an amazing feeling being under the water like that.
Day 3- The third day of our training we were going deep. We headed out to the national park next to Taganga and headed down. We went about 10 meters deep which was really deep for us. First we just swam around to get use to the feeling then we practiced our skills a little deeper under the water. It was amazing being under there for so long, but before we knew it it was already time to come up. The hour went by so fast. We had a little break and snack then went down for another dive. This time we didn't need to practice our skills and just had fun. We were able to see many different types of fish and coral. After today scuba diving became my new favorite thing to do. That night as part of our package we were able to stay out in a cabin in the park. This cabin didn't consist of much just a roof but it was enough for us.
Day 4- Our last day we had two more dives for our training. During these dives we didn't need to practice anything and we only did it for fun, and it was fun. There is a great feeling you have when you are underwater for so long, not being able to talk, and just looking around breathing underwater. That night we celebrated our certification by going out to the bars. There were a couple of really cool bars overlooking the water so we danced the night away!
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