“Wish I could be part of that world…” Who would not want to be like Ariel for a day? The world under the sea definitely has so many stories to tell. I know, somehow. Because I just spent my first few minutes plunging into the waters of Anilao.
Anilao in Batangas is a famous diving destination.
Really, no exaggeration. Anilao is just a few kilometers south of Manila. Its proximity to the metro makes it a favorite destination for weekend diving trips. For the introductory dive that we had, we went at Balai Resort in Anilao, Batangas (Review of Balai Resort soon!).
So what is an Introductory Dive?
I know you’ve been wanting to ask me that question. Well, diving has 5 certification levels that will give you the following titles: open water diver, advance open water diver, rescue diver, master scuba diver and open water scuba instructor. And where is intro dive in those levels? None! Let me explain further.
Introductory dive is a non-certification diving program, a mere peek into what diving is all about. Know that in intro dive you don’t get to control all those gears. A dive master who will accompany you will be the one to do it.
Who should try Introductory Dive?
I highly suggest intro dive to those adventurous people who have no prior diving experience. If you are curious enough but don’t know what to expect, intro dive is a great starting point to get a feel of what diving is all about. From there, you can better decide whether to pursue diving certifications or not.
Swim Central’s Introductory Dive
If at this point you already wanted to try diving, Swim Central is there to the rescue. Swim Central is a swim school offering not just swimming lessons but also day-trip diving package for around PHP3K inclusive of transportation, resort’s admission fee and buffet lunch. Amazing, right?
Do you need to know how to swim to try diving?
No, not really.
What do I need to bring?
Complete diving equipment is provided, no need to worry about anything.
What do I need to wear?
Typical swimming attire can be worn. Rash guard is also recommended. If you have a diving suit, go wear it and feel like a dive master! And oh, it’s also a good idea to wear aquatic shoes or dive booties.
Anything we need to know?
Before the dive proper, a briefing was conducted by our dive master. Though he will be the one controlling the gears, he described to us how each diving gear is properly used.
What else do we need to know? Ahh, diving hand signals.
Aside from the gears, our dive master also discussed to us important hand signals that we need to be able to communicate with him under the water.
Is that all we really need to know?
Wait! Read on because there were more crucial things instructed to us. And believe me, it can make or break your first ever dive!
How do we breathe under the water?
Good question. Yes, we were taught how to breathe with the regulator. Our dive master let us practiced until we were comfortable using the regulator. Remember, inhale and exhale only through the regulator using your mouth.
In case the regulator slipped out of your mouth, just put it back and the first thing you need to do once you had it back is to exhale or blow through it. This will remove the water that penetrated your regulator (you don’t want to be drinking all the water in the sea, right?).
How to remove the water that got into the mask?
If for any reason, water got inside your mask, look up, press on your mask and exhale through your nose.
How to deal with the pressure under the water?
Remember when you rode that plane and your ears ached so much because of the pressure? The pressure when you’re up there in the clouds is actually the same when you are under the water.
How do we equalize the pressure in our ears? Just pinch your nose and exhale through your pinched nose. You should feel some sort of popping from your ears.
Even if you can tolerate the pain, our dive master suggested that you equalize because not doing so may damage your ears.
So how was the dive?
Fantastic and therapeutic. Spending roughly around 30 minutes 30 feet under the sea is one of the most unforgettable moments in my life.
Will you dive again?
Disclosure: Videos and some photos were obtained from Swim Central.
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