Robert Park from Decathlon Glasgow explains how he became hooked by scuba diving on a recent holiday to the Red Sea.
The Red Sea in Egypt is world-renowned for its beautiful coral reef and marine life. This attracts divers from all over the world, from beginners to advance level, as the diving in the Red Sea is so diverse that dive centres can cater for any level of divers. They can also offer a variety of different dives such as wall dives, wreck dives, shore dives and night dives amongst others. After going on a various snorkelling trips to well renowned dive sites such as Ras Mohammed and Tiran Island and being amazed by the beautiful coral reefs and sea life, I decided that I would like to embark on a discovery scuba diving course that is designed to introduce novice divers to the underwater world.
My fiancée and I decided to book the diving excursion through our travel agent Thomson, who arranged our diving experience with Red Sea diving company Ocean College. The day began by getting picked up by a mini bus at our hotel and being transported to Namma Bay where the dive centre was based. At the dive centre divers, were split into groups and introduced to our instructors. Everyone was required to fill in a self-medical certificate to say that they were fit and healthy enough to participate. We were then talked through the dangers of diving and the various risks involved. We were briefly shown the main dive signals that would be used while we were underwater to allow us to communicate and then we were introduced to the diving equipment we would be using for the dive. These included mask, fins, buoyancy controlled device (BCD), regulator, contents gauge and weight belt.
The next step of the course was to go through some basic diving skills and safety procedures in shallow water (about chest height). The skills that were practiced included; getting used to breathing through the regulator, mask fill and clearance, regulator sharing and basic hand signals to communicate different information such as the amount of breathing air left in the diving cylinder. We were then paired with dive buddies and the dive began. The dive began by slowly descending to 10 metres and heading over the house reef. At the reef there was a large variety of sea life and different types of coral. While swimming along the reef we spotted creatures such as a blue spotted ray, parrot fish grouper fish, puffer fish amongst others. The instructor was also informed that a large turtle has been spotted earlier at the reef so we went on a mini-adventure to see if we could find it however to no avail.
The dive lasted about 30 minutes and introduced everyone to the underwater world of scuba diving. After the dive I became hooked on scuba diving and was desperate to dive again. However sadly due to us having to return home from Egypt in a couple of days it was not possible to fit in another dive.
On returning to Scotland, I desperately wanted to continue diving and gaining a qualification that would allow me to dive anywhere in the world. After a few months I decided to join the Hamilton Sub Aqua club which is a branch of the Scottish Sub Aqua Club. This gives me the opportunity to dive all year round instead of having to wait to go on holiday.
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