Friday, 19 January 2018
First dive...in a warm 'aquarium'.
Being a fit young man, it was pretty easy for him to get to grips with the gear and the basics in the swimming pool and then for us to progress to our shore diving venue.
The first thing we do is to learn to dangle. here's Jay hanging on to the rope that surrounds the Kata coral reef. Just dangling like this allows the new diver to get comfortable with his surrounds, calm the inevitably excited breathing down and see a few friedly fish before we drop to the bottom.
Because we were waiting in an area of the reef that I did not normally investigate and because Jay is highly observant, being a keen tropical saltwater aquarianist, he was soon pointing to all sorts of stuff and wanting photo's.
Cuttlefish are amazing creatures and able to change colour very quickly. They can blend into the background and become very hard to spot. Very beautiful creatures.
This is why I like to introduce people to diving here in Phuket...the overwhelming pleasure I see in people faces (through their scuba masks of course!) is a joy to behold.