What an amazing few days! Busy but amazing…
We can now say that we are PADI certified Scuba Divers (up to 12m) thanks to Pro Divers’ 3 day course, our instructor Mie (pro: me), our buddies on the course with us and Kuredu’s stunning reef surroundings and aquatic life.
We’re so glad we spent the time and went through with it. A truly wonderful and amazing experience. There is nothing like the sensation of neutral buoyancy and the scenery that you get to observe. We can not wait for more diving holidays – we have however been told that the Maldives will be a hard one to beat… Who’s up for having a look around to prove this opinion right or wrong?!!
For those who are curious, here’s a little overview of the days followed by a short list of what we’ve seen and our trophy video clip from one of the open-water dives.
Pre-reading: section 1 of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual.
Day 1 – An 08:30, starting with (I know what you’re thinking… who wants to get up at 0830 when you’re on your honeymoon??!!! When you’re in paradise and have the opportunity to do something amazing, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is. You’ll do it!! Carpe Diem and all that) with a review video of the pre-reading, a test and then our first hands-on intro to diving equipment followed by out first dive, a confined dive on the shore of the lagoon (1.5m deep).
Pre-reading: section 2&3 of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual.
Day 2: – 08:30 – Started with another pre-reading review video, a test and then a jump off the jetty (3-4m) for some drills. After lunch, we watched the final review video accompanied by a test. Dive 3 was again off the Jetty into the lagoon for underwater comms testing, more skills testing and had another look around – we saw a Honeycomb Moray-Eel here, just off the side of Jetty!!
Dive 3 was again off the Jetty into the lagoon for underwater comms testing, more skills testing and had another look around. – most interesting sight -we saw a Honeycomb Moray-Eel here, just off the side of Jetty!!
The most interesting sight – a Honeycomb Moray-Eel less than a few metres from the side of Jetty!!
Day 3 (Last day of the course – Open Water day) – 08:45 – No video to review and no tests – Awesome!! This meant we got geared up straight away and went for our next dive, this time off the end of the jetty (not the side as before). Form here, headed towards the house reef which was complete with it’s own nose-dived shipwreck – beginning at 12m and descending down to about 25m). It was streaming with life and I really felt like I’d achieved a life long goal and opened up a new hobby. What a feeling flying (neutral bouyancy) among all this life!! After lunch, we had a 10min boat ride to an underwater island – A Coral Reef metropolis (12m).
After lunch, we boarded a boat that took for a 10min ride and anchored by an underwater island – A Coral Reef metropolis (12m).
Aquatic life observed (that I could identify!!):
- Black-tip reef shark
- Honeycomb Moray Eel
- Green Sea Turtles – see my trophy video below.
- Maldivian Clown-fish
- And loads of smaller fish…
Trophy Video Clip:
Location: Kuredu Island Resort, Maldives