Living somewhere where you can go diving regularly is amazing we are really lucky to have that, now Arthur is a little older it’s something I’ll be able to take advantage of again!
When you go diving here you consistently get to see really pretty reef fish, sharks, turtles, and rays!
This year for my birthday my present from Mark was my PADI advanced open water dive course. I had it as an early present as my Mum wanted to do hers too so we got to do lots of diving together! It was my first time getting to dive with Mum and Dad, it’s so cool that I got to do that with them!
The course was made up of 5 dives:
- Night dive
- Deep dive
- Nitrox dive
- Underwater Navigator
- Fish Identification
The Night dive was pretty intense. I had never really considered doing this before, it is something that is totally outside my comfort zone. I get a little nervous just walking around in the dark let alone being in the water at night! It was a really eerie experience, this sounds cheesy but it really felt alien! The visibility was good but you could only properly see what your torch was shining on. It was just myself, my Mum & Dad and our instructor out there. I don’t mind admitting that I was pretty terrified the whole way around, I found it hard to relax into it! I was so proud of myself though and on reflection I think its something I will make myself do again as it was amazing (once I take the fear thing out of it!). The best part was at the end we turned our torches off and you could see the bioluminescence from the plankton (when you move around it all lights up like fireflies its really pretty!)
For the Deep dive we had to go to 30m (prior to taking this course the maximum we were allowed to go was 18m so quite a big difference). From around 30m you start to feel the effects of Nitrogen Narcosis. This basically feels like your a bit drunk!! We had to do a little test on the boat on the way out: letters were all scrambled and we had to order them, this was timed. We then had to do it at 30m to see if we were effected by Nitrogen Narcosis. I was affected the most, although that doesn’t surprise me, I’m a big lightweight when drinking so why would any thing else be different!!!
The Nitrox dive was a regular dive but breathing air with a higher Oxygen level then usual….it didn’t feel any differen.
Underwater Navigator involved using a compass and basically swimming in a square underwater. I was surprisingly alright at this. I’m terrible with directions of any sort but it was not so bad!
The best dive we had was for our fish identification course. We got to go to a dive site I had not been to before called Marianne it is the most beautiful place! Sooooooooo many fish but even aside from that just the whole area is amazing, so much to see!
Thats it for now! Hope you enjoyed some Seychelles Time! Thanks for stopping by!
Ohh, quick thanks to my Dad for taking all these pictures 🙂 xx