Friday, 24 November 2017
Mark Burton's training as a BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) diver soon returned after a couple of sessions in the house pool and an hour's dive in the sea.
Mark's wife, Debbie and her sister Elaine are here for a couple for weeks and were keen to have a try...which I think is pretty great when you have never done any diving before.
The coral reef at Kata is ideal for a first Open Water dive with a rope running right around it. This rope is supposed to keep jet skiers and longtail boats away...but as can be imagined they often ignore this safety measure and cross the rope. Thus, as is so often the case, the most dangerous thing in the sea is man.
And then comes the big moment when we all 'let go' and descend to the bottom for the very first time.....
There must be quite a mixture of feelings during these few seconds of descent!
This first dive lasted a good hour in the very shallow warm sea which is absolutely teaming with fish life.
For me, seeing people (and these ladies are in their 50's) who would never normally have the opportunity to try scuba diving have a go and enjoy it immensely is a great buzz. I hope we will have another go at diving in amongst what is a very busy holiday schedule because the ladies handled this very well indeed.
All credit to them for overcoming the understandable apprehensions at trying something so different!!