Re-discovering scuba. - Narcissism is Necessary

Re-discovering scuba.

Something that many don’t know, I could have gotten a diving license around the time when I was 18 but after several lessons, I was suddenly stricken with chronic back pain that lasted for an entire month. Mom suspected that it was caused by heavy oxygen tanks that my instructor then insisted I haul and throw into the pool but I believed it was due to sitting on a stool without back support for long hours in front of the computer :P

So I never got to finishing the Open Water course and in between, I developed an irrational fear of being submerged in the sea. At the recent Redang trip, Ed, of OceanXplorer offered to take me and Kerol for a Discovery Scuba session. A little scared but very excited, Kerol and I readily agreed!

# – Getting ready to enter the water.

# – Ed guiding us.

# – Slowly crawling on the seabed towards the deeper parts of the sea.

In the beginning I was really nervous about clearing mask and equalising pressure in the water. Sure sounded easy when Ed was briefing us on land but when it came down to doing those things in water, I was shit scared! I don’t want to drown! But as I found out later, it’s really, really easy…just let physics runs its course.

# – Buoyancy control fail, stuck in sands.

# – Think I was trying to read Ed’s instructions here.

# – Buoyancy control fail again….drifting upwards towards surface.

In time, we got more and more comfortable. I was in paradise! The sensation of being underwater is indescribable! I can’t believe just the day before I did not think I’d ever consider getting a diving license and right now, I just can’t wait! We went down to 6 metres for a grand period of 60 minutes.

# – See, can pose already!

# – Kerol gives the universal sign of distress.

Finances are so tight now thanks to the house, but I already know what’s the 1st thing I’ll splurge on after everything is settled; a diving license!

# – Underwater group picture time – Joe, God and Horng with me and Kerol in front.

Thanks boys for immortalising our 1st trip underwater with your cameras :D

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9 Responses to Re-discovering scuba.

  1. KY June 25, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    yesss, we be having parties underwater come 2011!!!!

  2. ShaolinTiger June 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    Last update in my diving category 2005 – https://www.shaolintiger.com/category/scuba-diving/

    Need to change that!

  3. Irene June 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    i concur with ky! =P

  4. Jane June 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    Congrats & welcome to the diver’s world! :D

  5. THE POP CRITIC June 28, 2010 at 2:29 am #

    Been following your blog for a while now, and absolutely ‘love’ your antics. Keep up the good work! Will we get to see more of your Redang trip?

    @thepopcritic (Twitter)

  6. Kimberlycun June 28, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    ky: lets make it happen!

    irene: jom!

    jane: thanks babe

    thepopcritic: heh thanks!

  7. Myhorng July 2, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    got ur license 2011 and we will live 3hours longer together when 2012 the world ends. LOL

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