My friends and I took the discover scuba dive programme at Tulamben with Bali Scuba in March this year. It was a first for two out of three of us - and while both my friends are swimmers, I'm learning the ropes. Of all the people I spoke to about a dive at the US SAT Liberty shipwreck for over a month, Marianne was the only person who said a beginner could dive there, assuring me that we'd be safe and sound, and have a wonderful experience.
The pool session helped us
get comfortable with the breathing techniques. While my friends learned quickly, I took my time to get comfortable. Our dive master was extremely patient and broke things down for us, one person at a time, gently but firmly pushing us when needed. We had two dive masters for the three of us. Since I was the 'weakest link', I had one dive master, Farish, to myself; while another focused on my two friends. The beautiful thing was that Farish kept a hawk's eye on me and yet let me explore, under water.
We went down 10m, and it was beautiful - hearing ur heartbeat and breathing, the noisy little schools of fish making their way past, the sting ray, little purple algae that coloured my fingers when I touched it, and some corals that stung when my knee accidentally brushed past (couldn't hold my balance despite farish's warning and toppled over ;)).
The ship wreck was stuck in time resting and completely adapted to its new home at the bottom of the sea, covered with corals. Forty minutes between 5m and 10m flew past. Before we knew it, we hit the surface again.
Our very talented photographer, provided by Bali Scuba, brilliantly captured moments - when I was petrified in the pool, my friend praying under water, me struggling and Farish immediately reaching to support, and my friends posing when we finally got comfortable :). Farish, my rockstar dive master and Marianne, thank you both for giving us such a memorable experience.
We'll be back for the open water course as soon as I improve my swimming.
Wish you the best,
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