I never ever ever thought I would dive. Ever. I did the initial dive to see if I liked it with my husband, as he does dive and wasn't completely convinced. I took part in the free session in the pool to see if I felt more comfortable even though with the dive I had already been in the reef with more fish than I could have imagined. The pool session with San and Ella, was short but increased my confidence a great deal but still wasn't 100% convinced. It was the fear of the mask, the water, the silence; all of it which made me nervous. After comparing prices there and at home in Dubai, yes I could have paid less to learn in Dubai...but what was the point in learning after our holiday. I also had the benefit of having one on one lessons, reading the book and taking the test when I chose to rather than learn in a boring pool with other people and having to go to classroom lessons, without ever going for a proper dive and certainly not one as full of varieties of fish, octopus, reef sharks etc that we saw whilst learning. Here I had the expertise of Ella Walding in one on one sessions. She immediately made it feel fun under water, constantly giving me high 5's to boost my confidence when feeling nervous, made me feel completely comfortable and safe underwater and the fear just seemed to dissipate. Going over exercises till I had them right and thoroughly explained things with crystal clarity above water and under so I really had very few questions. I really am grateful for her knowledge and expertise, her enthusiasm and encouragement, her way of teaching; I couldn't have asked for a better instructor. As for the dives, they were amazing. I can't wait to do it again. ;)
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