Today was nothing short of awesome….
We started off running over our study guides and then progressed to breathing and relaxation exercises. I didn’t do as well as yesterday, I simply wasn’t as relaxed as things were running around in my head. I felt sure though that once we left this would change.
We took the long-tail out to the channel in between Koh Nangyuan and Koh Tao just out from Japanese Gardens in around 16/17m of water. First, we were practicing the discipline called ‘Free Immersion’. This involves slowly pulling yourself down a weighted line without using your fins to kick. This is a competition discipline in itself and the record for the currently stands at 121m. Clearly were weren’t attempting anywhere near that depth.
For us its an ideal next step as we get to practice our breathing and relaxation techniques and head first equalizing using the line for reference. This is where the day got very interesting and I have no words to describe the feeling on my first dive, awesome just doesn’t cover it.
Within another 2 dives we were all easily diving to 16m.
Next we practiced our duck dives and had one practice of a constant weight dive. This is similar to free immersion; it is a head first dive using the line for reference yet this time using our fins for propulsion.
We then headed around to meet the dive boat at Twins and got to go fun diving around the pinnacle. Luckily we managed to meet up with our photographer who took the pictures that you see on the blog !
More tomorrow, cant wait! Our target is 20 meters but I’m enjoying being underwater in this manner…it is simply awesome regardless.