What an experience.
This was my first scuba dive, and I loved it.
A morning training briefing, followed by an hour's dive, 11 metres below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean - what's not to like?
We saw eels, lobsters, hundreds of fish and best of all, three turtles! All in crisp blue, warm waters where visibility was extraordinary.
The session was 100 Euros, which is a lot of money but it was, without doubt, exceptional value for money.
Of course, all the equipment is provided. Make sure you have your swimming costume/trunks on, as you'll be wearing these under your wet suit.
We began with two and half hours of lessons (where the basics were outlined to us) and a training session where we walked to a nearby cove and practiced laying on the sea bed a couple of metres below the surface, regulating our breathing etc.
Then in the afternoon, we rode out in the boat to the dive site where the fun really began!
What an hour's experience it was!! I can't explain it, you have to do it!
Our instructor, Gi, was terrific. I felt totally confident with him at all times and he was able to control our small group underwater with sign language. He really knows his stuff.
We paid a further 20 Euros to be joined by Jorge, an underwater photographer and film maker and the shots he got were worth every penny.
All in all, this was an incredible experience and I'd encourage anyone enjoying a holiday in Sal, Cape Verde, to get in the water with these guys.
This dive has changed the way I'll look at the ocean forever. I swam alongside three turtles!