There are many times we have said that we love something or someone, but we do not say it is true love until we love everything about it, including its depth and its darkness. The same goes with the sea. This time, I will challenge myself to do something that I am scared of.That is going deep as in Skin Diving.
(I am not an expert so this is not about the technicalities. My tips are for rookies like me.LOL.)
- Do not be afraid. But,if you do be afraid enough so you will follow the standards and the safety techniques under water.
- If you are really that afraid to try, pretend like you are not. If you get a good team of mentors who will guide you. Just trust them. Allow yourself to learn
- Do not feel like you are in competition just go to your level of comfort. Readiness is of importance. It is only you who can assess yourself when is the right time to go deeper. Relaxation is the key. Do not stress out.
- Never dive alone. Always make sure you have a buddy with you to be your spotter or photographer !haha!
- More than the pictures and advancing the level of your diving, do not forget to savor the feeling and enjoy!Best of luck!
THE STORY OF THE SEA SHORE LOVER
Take it from my experience. I know how to swim.I know how to float. I can swim in a 6feet pool but I can’t afford to spend a lot of time there. I even won a “cute” swimming competition in school–Part of breast stroke relay(I told u,my participation was cute). However, i never really had the confidence to go to deep sea waters without a life vest. I was afraid that I might have leg cramps or i easily exhaust myself and drown myself instantly.
I love the sea-The way it rests calmly above the stretch of ocean floor gives me tranquility. But, i rarely go beyond the shore.I just stay there because the thought of floating without anything for my feet to step on or anything for me to hold on creeps me out.
I was not a fan of Masks and snorkel. Seeing snorkeling in any iti did not really me excite me. I was already satisfied by staying in the beach with its waves fanning to the sand,taking pictures and selfies because other people would love to go farther.
All of these are true until I met SkinDivePH.
Last December, I was looking for something different but would fit my budget. I mean, c’mon this is my last(crossing my fingers on this) legit sure vacation before my clerkship, this must be effin awesome. That’s when I thought of skindiving or freediving. I even posted something like:
I began looking for some classes or getaways related to this. But I got busy. So thanks to Mowty, who is also an adventurist like me, for finding this page/package.She also went hiking with me in Mt.Sipit Ulang. Our original plan was to go Romblon, but we detoured because of the unpredictable weather.haha.At least we have #ganap #lakwatsa #escape before med takes us away in 2018.
It is worth a try!Actually, upon going there, I was really not expecting to get the skill . I was even thinking about the possibility that I would return manila without doing it or That I would just waste my money because of my fear of deep water. But thank God, it turned out the other way. When something catch my interest, I am never reluctant to learn even though I am scared. As for this, I am so happy that I can now float vertically without threading or finning or holding to a floater . (with snorkel,haha).I can see the fishes and corals underwater. I can reach them because I learned how to dunk dive deeper and hold my breath longer.
I am also happy for my friends, especially to my new friend Aubrey who was a non swimmer.She even had intense fear of getting into water.Now, her fear was lessened and she can even dunk dive.:) Indeed, just like what our Mother(ms bev )said, everything fell into its places.Hahaha.
We were noobs and rookies but we did it. I bet you can do it too. (Haha!I appeal to those who are still afraid.)I’m telling you it’s worth a try.
It was really fun.The organizers/instructors are very approachable. They are very supportive and good in building up one’s confidence. It’s a plus point that they know how to acknowledge effort as well as give constructive criticism in a nice way. The usual worry people is that they don’t know how to swim, afraid of deep water.But these guys know how to make you calm, so everything starts with TRUST, Trust your mentors and trust yourself. They will guide you from the basic until you advance to the next level. There was a even a discussion by Ms. Bev in the morning. And the application in the afternoon by Sir Chard. Well, i like the way it was organized. The organization per se will make you feel like you can really trust them.
The people will make you feel like you belong, as in like you are already long-time friends. We had socials. Everyone had a share of good laughs as people get comfortable of sharing bits and pieces of their own experiences whether from their funny childhood or present diet(If you know what I mean.Haha).The iti was flexible and we were given ample rest time.
Is it FREE?Oh and BTW, Do not think that Free diving means you don’t have to pay anything since it is called “free”😅.You might think it is funny but it is a common misconception👍.(Don’t hate.Educate.✌).
As for the package fee, I can say it is very reasonable. We stayed in a clean,cozy and airconditioned room with private CR, memory pillows and towels. (That is good for 4pax)
We only paid the transpo to and from Manila. Everything else are already included-snorkelling gears and meals for breakfast,lunch,dinner and meriendas.(Breakfast for day1 not included.)
BTW, the resort where we stayed is Bus stop dive resort.It is located in Bauan,Batangas. I did’t know that it is also a marine sanctuary.
Little did I know that the joy of seeing the sea from the shore, or from the surface is so much less than the euphoria of being able to learn going deeper. That the tranquility from plainly looking at the sea is so much more when you learn how to skin dive or freedive.
Once you get it, you will appreciate the sea and its aquamarine creatures such as corals and fishes more.It is true that you begin watching them live in HD. Had i known this before, I would have appreciated the sea more. I wish I learned this before going to El nido.It would have been a better experience.(But anyway, there is always a next time.)
When you start it,you will be hyped. Because you are hyped, you crave for more, DANGGG, it is really addicting. Like I did not even know the time passed or if I was already going farther. You yourself would want to make sure that you are doing it correctly. You will feel the difference of doing the right thing. You feel the pressure.You see the light until it feels right. Little by little you improve yourself.
It was like you’re in a dream. When you are under the sea, you hardly hear anything.Probably the murmurs or the sound of your breathing or the tinkling bubbles whispering on your ear. You will really have a chance to free your mind and find solace. It is like you are introduced to a new world.(probably not new for others, but yes for me.haha)
Don’t get me wrong,I am not saying that I am already good.I was still unable able to go deeper yet. There are many things I have to improve like breath holding,finning and equalizing. But for a beginner, I deserve a pat on my back. Yeheyyy!!
Will I do this again?
Of course, and I prolly will tag these same people. Bring some more people. Yeheyyy!! Like I want to go there RN.ASAP.
To SkinDivePH, Thanks for introducing me to the world under the water.
Thanks Sir Chard and Ms. Bev(Mother), Sir Jon and sir Timo for the lessons, touring and guiding us, as well as for constructive criticisms. There had been no second that I felt I was out of place, may it be on land or water. Thank you so much.
(PS. I am already on my 1st week of 2nd semester class of my third year.But because I loved the experience and the Team so much,I decided to have a blog of it right a way. what a way to open up my year.)
Til next adventure.Med is calling me again.Adios!-R