Day 66-71 Magnetic Island - Diving Course
The first four days of Magnetic Island we did our dive course. It consisted of 2 pool sessions and 4 dives, we got 2 free dives when we completed the course. We were presented with a 170 page diving book and told to read it all and complete all the questions for our theory test tomorrow...which we passed . For our practical we had to learn skills like take our BC (jacket with the tank) off under water, take our regulator out and take our mask off and put it back on 5 meters under water. It was all OK to get used to doing except taking the mask off for Scarlett. She was sooo scared and had to spend extra time in the pool with her dive instructor, Marianne who was so good! She'd pretend to make cups of tea and play cards underwater to chill her out.
Eventually we did our test in the great blue and all went smoothly apart from the mask test where Scarlett chickened out but was eventually persuaded when she was told she'd keep doing the test until she passed. The first four days were not relaxed at all as our days were taken up by diving theory and practical but on our 5th day we got to do our two free QUALIFIED dives which were brilliant. We didn't see anything better than big colourful fish and a few stingrays but the coral was amazing! We got to sunbathe for the rest of the day too which we hadn't done for a while and our skin was craving the sun (or Scarlett was).