Many people walk into Davy Jones everyday asking themselves ‘Hey, should I try out this diving thing or not?’ Sometimes it has to do with being on a budget or being short on time, however sometimes (though you may not want to admit it) you might just be a little scared. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but it shouldn’t stop you from getting into the water. Not only does Davy Jones have some of the most professional (and a wee bit crazy) instructors but diving is also a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Take one of my newly certified open water students for example. Kine from Norway came to Koh Tao with the idea of diving on her mind. She loved swimming, snorkeling and the ocean, but unfortunately had a near-drowning experience as a small child and since then has always been uncomfortable with having water around her face, mouth, and eyes. But with some encouragement she decided that she would give diving a shot. The pool session took some extra effort and she struggled with certain skills, in particular the mask clear and removing from the face. At first she didn’t think that it would be possible to do it and almost gave up. With a little help from her friend and some extra time in the pool with the instructor, by the afternoon she was not only clearing her mask but swimming around without it on!
The next day began with the first open water dive and there was excitement mixed with some nervousness as the class geared up and prepared to jump in. Kine was not so keen on the jumping part but again, with some encouragement she made it off the boat and into the water only to become (what I think) as the best student in the class. She was first down the line, great buoyancy, and was very good on her air consumption. Best of all, she loved it! Every dive after that was a walk in the park and today she finished her course and is now a certified open water diver.
Even better, she signed up and is starting her advance course. At the beginning she was asking me if she could stay above 10 meters, now she will be getting certified to dive to 30! So go and give it a try, you have nothing to lose. You never know, you may end up finding a new love in life!