In part 1 of my blog about doing my Open Water Scuba Dive Course I shared some information about the theory as well as the pool skills that you learn while doing your PADI Open Water Scuba Dive Course. In this blog we will be looking a bit closer at what you can expect from doing the real thing… scuba diving in the ocean!

Diving at Long Beach

On the day that I did my ocean dives Theo took us to Long Beach near Simon’s Town Naval Base. Long beach is an excellent location for divers that are still finding their sea legs because of the protection that the harbour offers from currents and waves that are generated deeper in the ocean.

This shore dive offers an easy entry and exit from the ocean with little wave action making it perfect for beginners who are still getting a handle on lugging around scuba dive gear. What’s more, the public toilets nearby are clean and well kept.

We started the dive by assembling our scuba dive gear. It is best to first assemble the BCD, regulator and cylinder before you put on your wetsuit. Wetsuits are excellent for retaining your body heat which is great for when you are actually in the water, but sucks when you have to assemble your scuba gear in the hot sun because you can get very hot, very quickly.

With the ocean dive section of the Open Water Course, more time is spent on assembly of the gear to help build your confidence in your equipment and teach you the vital safety checks that you should perform before you dive. This includes the tried and trusted ‘Begin with review and friend’ rhyme that you are taught to make sure you check your 1) BCD 2) Weights 3) Releases 4) Air and then do your final checks. Once the gear was assembled and we had put on our wetsuits it was time to don it all and head out for the sea.

Once in the water it took me a while to get comfortable. I had to make sure that my mask was in place properly by checking the seal, else you just end up having a mask full of water…I did that, my bad.

Finally we got the signal from Theo to descend. I swapped out my snorkel for my regulator, took my first breath of cylinder air and started deflating the BCD. With that, I gently descended beneath the waves. The Long Beach dive is not that deep, with the deepest that I went being about 6 meters, but it is easy, which is a great confidence builder.

At that point in the course we practised the same skills that we learnt in the pool the day before. This included clearing our masks, practising regulator recovery and buoyancy skills.

After doing our skills we took the rest of the time doing a bit of sightseeing. I was fortunate enough to see a cormorant dive beneath the waves in search of fish nearby, saw a couple of jellyfishes as well as numerous other fish and shellfish.

Once again I was impressed with the professionalism and care that both PADI and Into The Blue Scuba Dive Centre took in the repeating and reinforcing the skills that we had learnt in the pool.

After completing all my ocean dives, all that was left was the written test. I must admit I was a bit nervous but it turned out that it was for no reason at all. The test was really easy. So with that I got certified and am now officially an Open Water Scuba Diver!

For those of you that are wondering if you should do your Open Water Course, all I can say is that it is well worth the effort. Not only do you get to explore new and exciting dive sites as a scuba diver, but you get to meet lots of new people as well.

Post your comment

Comments

  • zgenzFup 25 Mar 2020, 09:12 (2 months ago)

    lemonade viagra handcuff site:literotica.com viagra refractory period <a href=" https://pharm-usa-official.com/# #">female viagra pills </a> i accidentally gave my stepson viagra viagra prank

    where to buy viagra pills now in colorado can i overcome ed without viagra <a href=https://pharm-usa-official.com/#>female viagra </a> viagra on line when does the viagra patent expire

    https://www.bluefoxcasino.com/burlington-bertie-explained/?unapproved=2515&moderation-hash=02e7a6328a995ce530ec39dcdbfb4564#comment-2515
    https://mfreespins.com/goodwin-casino.html?unapproved=27302&moderation-hash=86133d395b1d0d36c00ee9f9242768fa#comment-27302
    http://100freechip.com/no-deposit-casinos/comment-page-1/?unapproved=571981&moderation-hash=1d24f3b7ba80963ad7b720a8d3a6bfed#comment-571981
    https://fresh-news-now.com/2020/03/12/nhl-highlights-mar-11/?unapproved=149&moderation-hash=d1a640436c5bc7504e35e79a57ab124a#comment-149
    https://dcsgllc.com/2020/03/11/how-a-freight-broker-can-benefit-you/?unapproved=17624&moderation-hash=3fb15986a91c14d0019c9e3fa9478283#comment-17624

  • tmfefFup 18 Mar 2020, 07:18 (3 months ago)

    viagra online viagra online <a href="http://trimley.net/year-2-2/ #">buy viagra </a> viagra pills cheap viagra ufiouas0209sss

    buy viagra buy viagra <a href=http://www.splicefestival.com/privacy-policy/>generic viagra </a> viagra online viagra pills

  • StevHigo 27 Jan 2020, 06:57 (4 months ago)

    Buy Cialis Uk http://buyciallisonline.com - Buy Cialis Dapoxetina Yahoo <a href=http://buyciallisonline.com>Cialis</a> Preisvergleich Cialis Ohne Rezept

  • KelEquard 24 Jan 2020, 20:57 (4 months ago)

    Viagra Prix Paris En Lyon http://cialibuy.com - canadian cialis Amoxicillin Side Effects Ears Ringing <a href=http://cialibuy.com>Buy Cialis</a> Online Clomid

  • StevHigo 22 Jan 2020, 20:03 (4 months ago)

    Get Isotretinoin Mastercard Accepted Discount Fedex Shipping Price http://cialibuy.com - online pharmacy Folliculitis Against Amoxicillin <a href=http://cialibuy.com>cialis for sale</a> Aurochem Pharmaceuticals

  • Lesboob 18 Jan 2020, 10:11 (5 months ago)

    Cialis Uberdosiert <a href=http://cialibuy.com>cialis without a doctor's prescription</a> Propecia Testomonials Reviews

  • MatInwani 16 Jan 2020, 20:19 (5 months ago)

    Generic Real Isotretinoin Best Website C.o.d. Cheapeast Shop Antibiotics For Sale Uk Kamagra Mgel 100 Mg <a href=http://cialibuy.com>Buy Cialis</a> Clomid Estima

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments