Well, we did it! We crossed one thing off our 2013 bucket list! That’s right, you guessed it, scuba diving! (That title’s kinda a dead give away, huh)? At the beginning of June, Nick and I took some time off work to go to the tiny island of Jiang-Jin to take scuba diving lessons. We had a great time and saw some absolutely beautiful coral and fish. Once piece of coral was as big as a car! In addition to a beautiful bright blue coral, we saw angel fish, some colorful reef fish, groupers, and a sting ray!
Let me break it down for you technical people. ;P We arrived in Jiang-Jin on Friday morning, and started the first class of scuba diving after lunch. We had to start off by taking a swim test which was really easy because we were allowed to use flippers and a snorkel and mask. While taking this swim test, we got to look at all the beautiful under water life close to the shore. Next we had to float for ten minutes. Neither Nick or I can float on our own, but with wet suits, floating was a piece of cake! Once we passed our tests, we had to watch some informational videos and learn how to assemble our equipment.
The next morning we woke up bright and early to start our official training. The first few times you go into the water, you are just learning some basic skills and emergency procedures in case something ever goes wrong (losing your regulator for instance). After you practice the basic skills like replacing a mask, swimming with a buddy, and a myriad of other skills, you are ready to actually start scuba diving! Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning were spent in the ocean exploring the under water world! It is so beautiful, and Nick and I couldn’t help but think how awesome it is that we were spending extended amounts of time under water. Every time I thought about this, I smiled, which is really hard to do with an air regulator in your mouth. It really is amazing how much life there is under the sea and I felt like I got to see just a little more into how creative God is, which in its self is awe-inspiring!
By the time Sunday afternoon rolled around, we were ready to take our certification tests. Yes, it was that quick! We studied all the information we were given (well, I studied and Nick laughed at me for studying), then we took our tests and passed!!! We have now joined the ranks of PADI certified open water scuba divers! The possibilities are endless, and we are already planning our next underwater adventure!