How To Scuba Dive
By a contributing writer for Son of Waves Studios
My first trip to the island of Saipan was in the summer of 2002. I had just been promoted to manager of our business travel department and was charged with taking care of our group travel needs for the next year. The island was the perfect location for a vacation; it was located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the weather was mild year round, and the beaches were beautiful. We stayed at a hotel on the west side of the island, which was within walking distance of downtown, the shopping areas, and the beach. There were plenty of restaurants nearby as well.
One morning, while we were enjoying a light breakfast in our room, I received a call from one of my co-workers who was going to be vacationing there with her family. She had received an invitation from a friend to join him and his wife on a scuba diving excursion. She was excited about it and wanted me to go along with her. My initial response was to say no. I didn't like the idea of having to pay money to scuba dive, especially when I had never done it before. I was also concerned about the safety of scuba diving, since I knew that some people died every year while scuba diving. However, I did have an ulterior motive for saying no. I told my co-worker that I would not go scuba diving if she paid for my airfare. I figured that if I went with her, then I would have to pay for my own airfare and I would have to pay for any other expenses that she incurred. I was hoping that if I paid for my own airfare, then she would want to take me scuba diving, so she could enjoy the experience. I had hoped that this would make her feel guilty about asking me to go with her, so she wouldn't ask me again.
I made a mental note to think about this issue later. After work, I drove down to the hotel where my co-worker was staying. When I arrived, I found out that they had already gone scuba diving and were planning on returning to the island the following day. So, I decided to go to the mall and buy a tank of air to fill my scuba gear. I took the tank home and put it in my closet, thinking that I would try to convince my wife to take me scuba diving after I returned from my trip.
When I returned from my trip, I filled up my scuba gear and went to the hotel where my co -worker and her family were staying. When I got there, I noticed that my co-worker was still talking on the phone with her friend. She seemed a little annoyed by me, but I tried to act casual and not to let on that I had been talking to her all week. When she hung up the phone, she asked me if I wanted to go scuba diving with her and her husband. I told her that I didn't know how to scuba dive, but that I would consider it. She gave me the details of the dive and said that she was going to take me. Since she was paying for my airfare, I agreed to go.
When we arrived at the dive shop, we met our guide and signed our waivers. He told us that he was very experienced and had been certified by the United States Coast Guard as a professional scuba diver. He said that he would take us to a good place to scuba dive, and he would teach us how to scuba dive and how to use the equipment. He also said that he would give us a safety briefing. He explained that if we had any questions, we should ask him. Then he led us to a small boat that was docked near the dive shop. As soon as we got into the boat, he instructed us to put on our scuba gear.
We then sat down on a bench seat and started to look around. There were a lot of colorful fish swimming around in the water. I was amazed at how colorful these fish were. They were all different colors and shapes. I saw red fish, blue fish, yellow fish, purple fish, green fish, orange fish, black fish, and many more. There were fish that looked like cartoon characters. They were shaped like a dinosaur, a horse, a clown, and many others.
The boat was traveling slowly through the water. I felt like I was in a submarine. The water was clear, and I could see everything that was below the surface of the water. As we traveled through the water, the guide pointed out various things to us. He showed us schools of fish, sea turtles, octopus, coral, and other underwater life. He also pointed out various types of plants that lived under the water. I learned that many of these plants were poisonous to humans. If you touched them, you could get very sick. Some of the plants had spines or thorns that could hurt you. I was amazed at how much life was living under the water.
After about thirty minutes, we arrived at a reef that was located near shore. It was a beautiful reef, and the water was calm. We could see schools of colorful fish swimming all around us. The guide told us that we were going to swim out to a rock that was located near the reef. We then got into our scuba gear and swam to the rock.
Once we were at the rock, the guide taught us how to scuba dive. He explained to us that we needed to stay close to the rock, because if we were far away from it, we might lose our air supply. He also told us that if we were close to the rock, we would not need to do much to hold our breath. He also explained that it was important to keep our eyes open and to look around us. If we saw something that we were interested in, we could go up to it and touch it. If we were interested in touching a plant, we could reach down and pick it up. If we saw a turtle or a fish, we could reach out and touch them.
After the guide finished explaining to us how to scuba dive, we started to practice what we had just learned. The guide stood at the bottom of the ocean and watched us. He gave us instructions on how to breathe and told us what to do if we lost our air supply. He also showed us how to remove the weights from our belts so that we could get back up to the surface of the water. Once he was satisfied that we had learned the basics, he took us back to shore. We were so excited when we got back on land.
I had never scuba dove before. I had always thought that scuba diving was only for the adventurous people. I was surprised to find out that I enjoyed scuba diving. I had a great time learning how to scuba dive and I was glad that I went along with my co-worker. I am looking forward to taking her to another dive the next time that I visit the island.
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