I’m not entirely sure if diving is my cup of tea but my principle is to give everything a shot, at least once! Never try, never know. I last dived back in 2005, precisely 7 years ago. Wow! I started diving when I worked at Redang Island. I went for more than enough dive when I did the Open Water Diver course. It was a benefit to be a staff as diving was FOC and I paid much cheaper for the course.
Like I said, I love the sea but at the same time, I’m terrified of the marine creatures I will see. The only challenging part during my first shore dive was the buoyancy. I was either ascending or descending, instead of swimming straight. I did not really notice the marine life around me as I was busy pushing buttons! Although I was feeling scared on every dive, it got better. However, after 5 days of doing almost 3 dives per day, I started having problem to equalize. My ears hurt a lot and I felt like my hearing was partly impaired. I went for ear check-up after I left Redang and it took one month to heal. Ever since I have phobia going back to dive.
I have been at Perhentian for almost 5 months and this was my first dive here. If it wasn’t for Andi and Jason, I probably wouldn’t have gone yet. Nice having them as buddies! I almost chickened out in the morning but I’m glad I went. The water visibility had been quite bad lately and we were really lucky that visibility was clear! I knew I was anxious and worried about equalizing during diving.
Andi and I left earlier for a refresher’s course. I definitely needed one looking at the fact that my last dive was 7 years ago! We did our fun dive with Universal Diver and Ali was our divemaster. As usual, it started with filling in forms and going through a few questions about diving. The worst would be putting on the wet suit! Damn, I felt like I was dying from sweat! While I was putting on the flippers, I could even see drops of sweat dripping on them! He then showed us the equipment and how to put it on. We started with a shore dive. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Nothing much to watch during shore dive, except for stinging jellyfish, which were floating everywhere!
After a short break, we all went for a boat dive at D’Lagoon. I have only been there once for snorkel trip. Everyone says that this used to be the best and most beautiful snorkel site at Perhentian. There were already a few dive boats there, seemed like this still was a famous site among divers. Boat dive wasn’t that scary this time. I used to have trouble going down but it was pretty easy this time. Yet I had trouble to equalize my left ear and at one point it hurt so bad that I had to ascend and tried again. Luckily it got better. I got to say the dive was really fun! We saw a lot of marine life but nothing beat the lagoon ray! Damn, it was HUGE! Jason was saying he kept looking for its tail, just in case…hahahaha!
It was just a 45 min dive but definitely GOOD!! Although I was still worried about my ear but it didn’t hurt anymore. I actually plan to do my advanced but not gonna start the coming week. I feel like I need to give my ear a break! After we got back, we just chilled with Charlotte at Universal Dive Centre. It was a good day off!