Ever since we had a day of scuba diving in Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia last year, Hayley and I wanted to get a PADI open water scuba diving certification. This will allow us to acquire essential skills and enable us to explore may of the dive sites around the world.
There are many different types of scuba diving institutes around the world, but PADI seems to be the most widely recoginised internationally. This is why we chose to learn diving from them.
Of course, the instructor is the most important and we are glad to have a good friend of ours, Alex, to be our instructor.
The PADI open water scuba diving course involves:
- Theory lessons
- 6 hours of confined scuba diving in a swimming pool
- 4 open water dives (more about this on the next post)
Just like what it says on the tin, we sat at a classroom and looked at some powerpoints, books and did some exam questions. You know, one has to get all those “boring bits” done…
This bit is more interesting. We got to learn how to use the gear, the essential techniques in the safe environment. This included assembling the gears, learn how to control buoyancy, communicating under water, entry techniques as well as a range of emergency procedures.
For the six hours worth of training, we split that into two separate sessions.
We did enjoyed the pool session very much and wanted to go into the sea to put that learning into practice. But, I’m going to make it into a cliff hanger for now. More about our learning experience on the next post.
Finally, thank you for Alex for taking pictures for us and allow us to post them on this blog and on facebook.
Are you learning or have you been learning scuba diving ? Did you enjoy it? Or maybe you are thinking to learn how to scuba dive? Comment below.