In my latest trip to Thailand, I completed my open water diving course. This has been on my to-do list forever and I am glad that it is has been checked off in 2014!
What have you checked off from your list this year?
Here are some learning points that I had picked up during the short experience.
The Open Water Dive course is something that I have been putting off, mainly due to fear. After all, going into the depths of the unknown ocean isnt part of what I am comfortable with. But, thanks to my boss who wanted to clear it off his list too, I managed to finally get this done.
As with most things, once you get over the invisible ‘barrier of getting started’, the experience has been very enjoyable. Here are some things that I have picked up from this short life changing experience.
1. Living in the Moment
(note: I did not take this pic, lol)
While you are out diving, there are several things that you have to take note off, for safety reasons. But if you only focus on these issues, you will NEVER enjoy the experience of diving.
This was one of the greatest lesson that hit me right after my first open water dive.
Being a beginner who only did the drills in the pool, I was totally focused on making sure all the equipment was ok and whether I was doing the right things. It was only after the dive that I realised that I have missed out on so much while we were down there.
Learn to live in the moment and to enjoy each experience to the fullest, without regrets.
Are you fully conscious of what is going on around you most of the time? Are you enjoying every experience fully? Are you present?
2. Survival Instincts
I was struck by my ability to remain calm after freaking out in the waters due to low visibility. I almost lost control of my breathing as I panicked for a moment and drank some seawater. In a split second, something in my mind flipped and I calmed down and took control over the situation. Which got me thinking…
Your possibilities are limitless. You will only discover this when you push yourself beyond that comfort zone.
Now, I just have to translate that ability to stay calm and think properly in less ‘dangerous’ situations on land.
3.Importance of a Mentor
During the course, my dive instructor was there throughout, teaching, guiding and making sure that everything was went well. This gave me the confidence to carry out the skills that I was required to learn while having the security that I will have someone to rely on if anything went wrong.
The dive instructor was not only the teacher, he was also there to share his experience. He would cover the bases and point out what could possibly go wrong and how we should react when that happens.
Find a mentor who not only guides you, but also shares his experiences so that you can avoid certain predictable obstacles, or so that you will already have the answer to possible obstacles that may come your way.
It will be like having a cheat sheet during exams!
4. A Whole New World
Finally, the main reason why I am excited is that clearing the open water dive course opens up a whole new world for me to explore!
I invite the adventurous bunch of you who are brave enough to step out of your comfort zone to join me in discovering and seeing more of this new world!
Will be glad to meet new friends in my future diving trips. Let me know if you are up to it and we can go diving together soon!
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