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PADI Advanced Course 1/2

Sure enough in the morning V was unable to move. She had all the symtoms J had complained about 4 days earlier. J was obviously not pleased that V had come down with the same thing but couldn’t help but feel some what smug as V was forced to swallow humble pie. Now lets see how well you deal with it.

Time was running low they had to be out of here in two days. This was just enough time to do the dive course. So with a poorly V going nowhere J left her to sleep with water and drugs and went alone to do some more diving. Yeh, seems V is not the only shit Florence Nightingale around.

First two adventure dives were “Peak Performance Buoyancy” and “Underwater Navigation”. The buoyancy control was all about controlling your vertical movement using your breath. After weighting ourselves properly (J had acquired a new girlfriend Tam) we dropped down to the bottom and inflated our BCD’s (big inflatable life jacket) until we were neutrally buoyant. We practised swimming through hoops horizontally and vertically by breathing in to go up and out to go down. The final test was to stay inside a set area at the same height by only using breath. This was difficult but crazy cool. After doing these simple exercises it was suddenly now possible to move vertically by power of thought. Diving just got that little bit better. There was no more frantic waving of the arms to hover above coral or fish. This gave diving a real feeling like your flying.

During our break our instructor showed us how to use a compass as neither of us had been shown in the Open Water Course. Wasn’t really looking forward to this dive. It was one of the compulsory ones that you had to do to pass the course. Down at the bottom we practised using the compass to swim in different patterns. Yes this was as boring as J thought it was going to be. Swimming in squares triangles and rectangles.wasn’t exactly J’s idea of fun. He also chewed through his oxygen trying to get it over and done with as fast as possible. J discovered that if you get out of breath 18 meter underwater its dam difficult to get your breath back.

Back on land J went back to check up on the pathetic one who demanded more drugs. J obliged and left El Sleepo to do what she did best. He read through the next sections of the book and completed one of the question sections. It was then time for dive 3 of the day. The night dive. Just the three of us went out on the boat into the darkness. Everyone had talked up a night dive to a great height so J really hoped it wasn’t going to be disappointing. Down under the water in the dark with just a torch was quite crazy. Swimming into stuff was common practice for J. For the first half of the dive we didn’t really see that much. However on our return all the good stuff came out at once. We saw lobster, who are hilarious to watch swim, a load of different type of crabs but best of all we saw a puffer fish. This guy was brilliant. He has great big eyes and just kept on swimming into the instructors torch. Every time he hit the glass he puffed up a little bit bigger until eventually he was fully inflated and incapable of swimming any more. We watch him float helplessly upwards through our bubbles of laughter. Finally to finish the dive we shut our torches of and sat in the pitch black waving our arms frantically to make all the plankton light up. This was cool, it was like sitting in the stars (if that makes sense).

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