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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
At some point of growing up, you'd probably had to go through swimming lessons. Be it primary or secondary enrichment class or that your parents wanted you to take up the skill as a sport. I recall rushing to swimming lessons held at Bedok Swimming Complex when I was just 7 years old (primary one), right after my afternoon classes.
So fast-forward the years, I was awarded with basic swimming cert after all those lessons. You know swimming is a just word until you put physical action to give it a meaning. I still fear about not being able to reach the bottom of the pool but I am not alone.
Despite that, I signed up for Open Water Dive course at ADEX 2015 earlier this year, after persuasion from B. To be honest I wasn't keen about diving except to visit those beautiful waters. My first scuba diving experience was in Boracay in mid-2014. It was amazing and the waters were so clear and pretty.
Back to Open Water Dive course. There's 3 parts to it - Theory, Practical (Pool session), Practial (Sea).
For Theory, there'd be 2 weeknight lessons at your chosen dive company. Mine was at Eko Divers. I managed the theory fairly ok because I spent months going through the contents/questions inside the book, before attending the classes. During the classes (3.5hrs), you'd have to sit through videos and revising questions. On the 2nd session, the dive instructor would teach you how to read the Dive Table. Afterwhich, you'll be tested with a series of questions. The papers will be marked and you will know whether you pass or fail.
For Practical, you'll have to attend a dive practice at a swimming pool, which should be at Outram Secondary School. During the practices you'd have to swim 200m (no time limit) and tread water for 10 mins. Both I did horribly. I think if you don't do too well, you'd have to do it once more, either at the end of the practice or the next day/weekend.
The pool session (est 6 hrs) at 2m depth, will equip you with the skills that will be tested in the sea. There will be a dive instructor assigned to a group. Depending on the number of sign-ups, but I had 6 in my group including myself. My French dive instructor was heavily accented so we had to be extra attentive.
Here's a list of skills that you will learn (in no particular order):
1. Mask clearance - partial and full
2. Mask removal and clearance. Tip: if water enter your nose. Press it and blow. It should clear!!
3. Recover regulator + Clear regulator
4. Alternate Air Source (means for you and your buddy to share air as one of you have ran out of air)
5. CESA - Controlled Emergency Safety Ascend (You'd also require to inflate your BCD orally)
6. Pre-dive safety check - BWARF. Stands for BCD, Weights, Air, Releases, Final ok
7. 5 point descend - SORTED. Stands for Signal, Orientate, Regulator, Time, Equalise, Descend
8. Assemble, put on, adjust and dissemble scuba gear
9. Clear water from your regulator
10. Use your SPG (Submersible Pressure Gauge) and signal your remaining air
11. Recognise and respond to hand signals underwater
12. Demonstrate neutral buoyancy / hovering
13. Take off scuba gear and wear back on at surface.
14. Swim and navigate with a compass at surface and at depth (tried this during the sea session. I think it varies from instructors & whether your group have more than enough time)
15. Remove and replace weights at surface
16. Cramp release on buddy and on yourself at surface.
17. BCD oral inflation at surface and at depth
18. Tired diver tow for 25 metres
19.Remove weights, scuba unit and fins in water too deep in which to stand and exit
20. Post-dive care of scuba gear
That sounds like a whole lot of skills didn't it? Fret not and keep a happy positive learning attitude. This session is really essential for you to learn. However you may tend to forget if you dont practice the skills, plus there'll be a gap period (weeks or month) from your pool and sea session. So do watch videos as well to help you understand and recall the skills. There are plenty available on YouTube.
Find out how to execute certain skills here.
I chose Bintan for my Practical (Sea session) because it is 1 hour ferry ride away. Compared to Tioman which one have to take a ultra long bus ride and then a boat ride to reach. Anyone with motion sickness should also bring along your pills.
We were tested with the above skills in under seawater. The visibility wasn't fantastic, about 2-3m, and not that clear. But it was a pleasant experience. I am contented that I am completed this course. Achievement Unlocked! :)
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
today marks the last day of 2014. it has been an unbelievable journey this year. a year of freshness in the open environment and a year of growing up.
i haven't actually blogged about turning 21 in the last quarter of 2014. there was no fancy party nor celebration or any kind, just had a simple dinner and a trip to Alive Museum with the sisters and our partners.
now back to the part of 2014's conclusion.
1) took on my first official full-time job. it is a challenge, but i'm glad that i survived, against all odds and all the hardships and happiness. i looked back at this role that i have engaged in since 2012 (3 months), 2013 (4 months), 2014 (1 year) and am relieved to say that i've no regrets. it was a step into the industry to learn and discover new things. satisfied that i did and still am.
2) developed a deeper attachment with my family - love is that simple. i don't know about you guys, but while growing up, i never really had a comfort home because everyone was busy working/studying and minding their own business. then i grew up and noticed the change - age/care/faith. i'm also thankful that we have taken things to stride and sharing more love. family is the one who never fails, never leaves no matter what happens. i'm also beginning to see how life is so fragile and precious after my grandfather fell ill. but the comforting news to hear is that he have received Christ as His Saviour after many years being devoted to other religions..
3) traveled to Boracay and Taiwan this year. it is just beautiful to travel and to experience the wonderful creations of the world myself. Boracay was just awesome that i will never forget, the sun sea and sand was so relaxing, while Taiwan was an eventful trip that saw us rushing around. will blog about taiwan next time
there's so much to say about personal development and there're definitely more things to work towards in 2015. but for now, i'm just truly thankful to have made it through and for being safe and healthy this year,
for now, i'll just sit by the digital screen in the walls of my home...
Excited for new beginnings in 2015 and hope you are too. Happy new year eve!
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
What is a holiday without alcohol? After the previous night, we slept in and missed our Scuba session. I call it the Rest & Relax Day. Y'know most of the time when you're away on a trip.. it is still quick-paced because you have to rush to meet schedules etc.
We laid in the soft white sheets with the comfort of the air-conditioning blowing gently on our faces.. That moment was wonderful and we didn't want my holiday to end. Our hotel neighbors from California had another 2 weeks to stay whilst we had a day. No wonder friends have the thought of emigrating to seaside and live by the beach
Towards the late afternoon, we went by the beach to capture moments to keep as memories. Beautiful island with a scenic view.
I love holidays, who doesn't?
Boracay Day 6
Last day of the trip!!! This picture encourages you to book a ticket and fly there now right?!!?
We planned for our scuba at 9am because we had to leave the island at 11.30am. Mad rush but truly the best water sport that I have enjoyed!
First off, the instructors brought us through a quick lesson on communicating underwater and the use of the equipment. Throughout the session, I was freaking out about going underwater, although excited but really nervous about the outcome.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Reached back to Station 1 around late afternoon and enjoyed street snacks and enjoyed the sunset. It is a joy to see him happy. You'll realise that happiness is one of the most importance factor in life once you grow older.
Love living the life that I missed. There's unlimited things that I can do but have never tried.