So the day had come, we had booked to spend 6 full days completing our Open Water and Advanced Open Water PADI qualifications.
We were all set for a day in the classroom; books and pens at the ready and Scott had even changed his name to Scuba Steve. This is something I've wanted to do since being young and was so excited to start, however 5, 45minute videos later and I was ready to walk out and not bother. Saying that I think Scott actually wanted to hit something or someone, having not studied for the past nine years he really was not happy that he was having to do exams and was having a proper sulk.
The next day was spent in the pool learning all the basics we'd need in the sea. Our instructor; Lisa was ace. The only problem was that by the end of the day we owed her about 6 beers each for mistakes we'd made and I also had a wetsuit tan!
Our first day on the boat meant another 6am start!! Ahh well we can sleep at some point in the future. To complete the Open Water we had to complete 4 dives over two days and on each dive we had to do different skill tests. Luckily Scott loved the diving as much as me and after the first dive we both had a new favourite thing. I would tell you more about the dives but I've been lazy recently as left updating the blog too long and can't really remember!! What I can remember is that we were both ace and after doing one more exam we had passed! This meant that we can dive anywhere in the world up to 18m, result!
The next day we started our advanced diving, to qualify for this we needed to complete five adventure dives. They included orientation, buoyancy, a deep dive, a night dive and a naturalist dive (to Scott's disappointment this didn't mean we had to dive naked, we just had to be able to pick out and identify certain types of fish and coral).
All was going well and we had just mastered hovering upside down when a large fish with an evil look in its eye swam up, it appeared to have something against me in particular. It started to swim meaningfully towards me and I could tell from the way it was staring at me that it wanted to take a chunk out of my legs. A lot a leg kicking and panicking later and we had swum far enough away that it had lost interest. Scott thinks this is a loads of rubbish and that it was just being curious, he obviously didn't see the way it was staring at me.
The night dive was amazing we went straight into the sea from the shore. Both armed with a torch, it was crazy, past where the light shined you could see absolutely nothing. To be honest I found the dive pretty scary but the different types of sea life that come out at night made it well worth it. We managed to spot a few octopus, some squid and even a sting ray.
Luckily with the advanced course there are no exams, other than the practical skills you do underwater. However we did have homework every night which again put Scott in a bad mood. From this experience i've decided I'm glad I didn't know him when we were at school, he must have been a right sulky w***.
The good news is that we passed and are now qualified to dive anywhere in the world up to 30m. Now we can both look forward to diving as much as possible everywhere we go.