08.14.2010 - 08.15.2010 50 °F
I am alive and well. No, the great white did not come to get me during our first scuba diving adventure. We spent Saturday exploring the muddy bottom (and not much else) of Lake Te Anau. Sunday, we headed out to Ruapuke Island for our second day of diving. With a refreshing 45 degree water temp, we plunged into the water with me on high alert for any hungry shark friends. On our first dive, we did a few exercises (filling our mask with water and clearing it, removing our buoyancy compensator jackets and refitting them underwater and gaining neutral buoyancy in the water.) After that, playtime! Our instructor broke open a nearby kina (an underwater delicacy) and we had the chance to feed the abundant sea life that quickly became very curious. I was surprised at the incredible variety of fish and the beautiful colors that abound in the area. At one point, a huge school of fish passed overhead and I was tempted to break out in “Unda da sea. Unda da sea…”
After the first dive, we ascended back to the boat for a quick warm up. Surprisingly, seven millimeters of neoprene will keep you fairly warm in the frigid water, but a chill quickly sets in when you’re waiting up on the boat.
After a twenty minute break, we started suiting back up for our next dive and our instructor declared we would be venturing forth without him.
Instructor: You’ve done all your exercises. You guys are ready to dive on your own. I’ll just wait here and pick you up when you’re ready. Just stay away from the anchor line when you dive in because I’m going to pull it up once you’re in the water.
Me: This isn’t going to be like in Open Water where you ditch us, right? (hey, a girl’s got to be sure.)
So off we went on our next dive. And thankfully, just as enjoyable as the first in that I lived to tell the tale.
A couple of videos are below for your viewing pleasure!