We ran through breathing techniques, mask clearance, regulator removal and retrieval, fin pivot, weight balance, dive profiles etc etc...and today, armed with our newly acquired skills, we visited Kata Beach with Jamie Pullin acting as Staff Photographer again.
Kata is just great for first dives. The reef protection rope has a number of free floating ropes tied to it which are just right to hold onto and descend on for the first time. Although just 3 meters deep and clear sand underneath us, the fish soon arrive and provide plenty to look at.
Michelle took her time and enjoyed the experience of being underwater for the first time. We were lucky the visibility was pretty good so there was lots to see without moving!
It does not matter how long it takes for a new diver to 'let go' of the rope for the first time ever. There is no pressure on us. In fact one of our guests last year was content to just dangle from various points along the reef rope. At low tide you're pretty near the top of the reef anyway so all the corals and reef fish can clearly be seen.
Jay's photo shows how clear it was today so that was a very nice opening experience for Michelle.
The 12 Litre tank looks enormous on Michelle who is a small lady. Good job her man is a big, strong chap who carried all of Michelle's gear into the sea for her and held her steady whilst 'suiting up'.
Here is a fine example of a Spotted Hawk Fish.
There are so many different colours which ever way you look.
When we're enjoying a dive like this, I would love to transport all underwater sealife lovers here to experience what we are seeing.
It's so great introducing people to the wonderful world of Scuba Diving!!