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5.9.14

FIRST DIVING EXPERIENCE! IN EILAT!

So I dived! My first time EVER!!!! My heart was pounding and I was thinking..omg what if I can't breathe, what if my heart isn't "strong enough", I've had no training prior to this dive + I am a very bad swimmer. Whatever! I am in Eilat and I shall Dive! WOOHOO! Here is my full experience + more photos! 


That man above is Arkady! The story begins with him; his friend (Omer) is a diving instructor at Marina Divers Eilat! He's been telling Arkady to do a 1 week diving course but due to the prices being out of our budget that didn't work out. His friend suggested that we do a beginners course, you don't even need experience, each student will be accompanied by an instructor. A 30 minute dive for 240 shekels (per person). Arkady was so excited and made an appointment the following day!

The instructors spoke perfect English and I felt reassured and safe. At first I  had problems feeling comfortable emerging my head in the water and breathing from my mouth. That day I was still sick from the prior week, I had been coughing. I heard that the oxygen in the tank was very drying to the throat and stupid me didn't drink enough water before the dive. I was lucky to find out that even if you need to cough or spit (sorry for the details) you can just do the usuals. There is a button you can press right in front of your mouth which will release any excess water or "stuff" into the sea. (This invention is genius!)

"I couldn't believe how beautiful it was, these photographs do not even come close to giving the ocean life, corals and seabed justice. It was so calm, blue and bursting with colour. I saw the most amazing corals, SO HUGE! School of tiny fishes fluttering away in the warm glowy light."

I did feel extremely claustrophobic and afraid at first, I had water in my mask around the nose area, I had to press down a little on my brow bone to release the water. In my head, I kept thinking.. wouldn't that just loosen my goggles and allow all the water to flood my eye balls?!

I did do as I was told, and it all went according to plan, though at this point I was extremely panicky. My instructor held my hand and I went deeper into the coral reef. I was calming myself, breathe, everything will be fine. Then everything started to feel more comfortable and I felt amazed at how easily I was breathing. Good to know my tank of oxygen wasn't going to run out in this 30 minute dive. Hurrah!

I couldn't believe how beautiful it was, these photographs do not even come close to giving the ocean life, corals and seabed justice. It was so calm, blue and bursting with colour. I saw the most amazing corals, SO HUGE! School of tiny fishes fluttering away in the warm glowy light. How magnificent I thought to myself. I was never a good swimmer, so this was actually my first time "swimming in the ocean". This dive made me even more connected to sea life. 
I don't know where to begin, or how to express my full gratitude and respect for the ocean. THE OCEAN IS MAGNIFIQUE!  I saw this one fish playing on the sea floor, clown fishes swimming happily, Sea cucumbers wiggling around and all the different types of corals. This is only a tiny portion of the oceans wonders! Sad to hear that our corals are depleting fast, very fast! All because of individuals who lack respect for the ocean, stealing corals, stealing exotic fishes, I dread the day these corals are destroyed. Seriously hope this does not happen. 

Education is so important, lack of education and knowledge is the worst when it comes to wildlife trafficking. Feeling angry  towards people who purchase marine life with money, using dolphins for shows and removing corals from the sea. Exotic pet fishes easily purchased (too easy).  Actually before I came to Israel I overheard my boss at the time speak about how fragile these types of salt water fishes are (die easily), but they are beautiful and he enjoys them (he buys them). I remembered feeling sad. What makes these types of people believe they have the right to remove perfectly healthy amazing life from nature and make them pets?!

I was actually planning to go to Dolphin Reef before taking this mini course, I had seen amazing reviews on trip advisor then I found out that the dolphins aren't wild and have actual fences around them, how disgusting. I will never support this type of treatment to animals. So important to do thorough research before going to attractions which contribute to the damage of wildlife. 
Must thank Arkady for booking us this experience and for Marina Diver's wonderful instructors. Without this experience I wouldn't have been able to dive and see the amazing beauty of natural corals and marine life. I LOVE EILAT! I am seriously thinking of doing a real diving course in the future! Already checking out the best places to dive.

I must admit after getting back on land..I was relieved! Breathing freely and openly never felt so good! I take too much for granted! I love you air! kisses.
I also wanted to add! The water  was so clean, the salt wasn't harsh on my skin! The last experience I had at  sea my eyes stung so bad and my skin felt very dry. This time my skin felt really soft, hair turned out  great too, beach waves with lots of volume! hehehe big +

Thanks for reading! 
What was your first diving experience like? 

xxx
Ann

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