No, Don’t Dare to Dive

No, Don’t Dare to Dive

“Breathe in through your mouth and breathe out through your nose, so you can clear the water in your mask.” Our dive instructor have to repeat this countless times until I finally learned how. It was my first time to dive and I was nervous as hell. Two years ago, I was on a 6 day trip to Coron with friends who were first time divers too, but unlike me, they seemed to have breeze through the lessons pretty quickly.

Dare to Dive

I’m not scared of deep waters, I’m not a pro but I can swim alright. My paranoia however, always gets the best of me. I was thinking of so many things that could possibly go wrong while we’re at 14 meters deep which is not helpful at all. Good thing we have a really patient Dive Instructor who put up with all my paranoia.

Dare to DiveThey said that 71% of the planet is made up of water, if you don’t dive, you’re only seeing 29%. I have always wanted to learn how to dive. I have this endless love affair with the ocean. My heart always skips a beat whenever my trip would involve the ocean. Luckily for me, I live in an archipelago that is surrounded by beautiful, beautiful waters. Palawan is one of the most breathtaking places in the Philippines. El Nido and Coron are two of the most popular destinations in the province. They are equally beautiful with unique characteristics.

Dare to Dive

I chose Coron as my first diving destination because of the scattered Japanese ship wrecks which made the town one of the best diving destinations in the country. But one doesn’t have to be a scuba diver to appreciate the beauty of this place. Snorkeling in the sanctuaries of some islands will already let you see how rich the marine life is in Coron. And when you get to Kayangan Lake, you will never want to leave this island. We stayed there for about 2-3 hours just basking in its beauty. It’s hard not to fall in love with Coron that’s why I was so determined to experience the underwater world of this island despite my anxieties.

Dare to DiveWhen I finally passed the lessons at shallow waters, we started descending and almost at an instant, I forgot all my anxieties. I cannot explain the natural high that I get whenever Im surrounded by marine life. It was too magical, I can only hear the breathing sound in my regulator while I watch the colourful fishes around me. When we got to the ship wreck, it was honestly a little creepy but equally amazing.

Dare to Dive

It has been two years since my first dive, I am now an Advanced Open Water Diver but Im still paranoid especially if I haven’t been diving for so long. Im still having a hard time controlling my buoyancy and I always consume so much air. But despite all these, diving has always been a magical experience for me. It’s addicting, you will definitely get hooked, so take my advice and don’t dare to dive. You will learn how to appreciate this beautiful garden beneath the ocean where everything is just quiet, it will force you to be fully present and appreciate everything around you. Don’t dare to dive because you will realize how rich the marine life is, in our country and you will be forced to care about issues that affects the ocean. It will break your heart every time you hear a news about what people do that’s causing damage to the marine life. Don’t dare to dive because you will become an advocate, you will become this person who sincerely cares about the environment and the earth that we are living in. Don’t dare to dive because you will be taken into a whole different world and you will see that there exist a different beautiful life under the ocean that we must take good care of.

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4 Comments

  1. Polenation

    I want to try diving but I’m scared because I can’t swim. Yet it’s on my bucket list, until I get enough courage. Soon, I’ll get to see the fishes! 🙂

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    • Getz

      It’s not a requirement that you know how to swim before you can dive. You should give it a try. There’s a whole different world down there. Good luck Polen! Thanks for dropping by! =)

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  2. Ria (@lifeinbigtent)

    Maybe month ago I faced my fear and first time in life was diving in Bali 🙂 It was unforgettable experience but didn’t dive yet for 2nd time 😀

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    • Getz

      Its addicting once you get the hang of it. Thanks for dropping by Ria!

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