Day 2: Pool time

It was Wednesday and Day 2 of my scuba diving course!

We started by getting all our gear sorted. For those of you who aren’t too familiar with scuba diving this is what you need:

  • A BCD : this is the ‘backpack’ you wear when you scuba dive, which can be inflated or deflated and carries the tank and breathing tube (known as the regulator).

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  • A wet suit, shoes, and gloves (Cape Town has cold water!! 12/13 degrees!)
  • Flippers + mask and snorkel
  • Weight belt
  • The regulator (second stage), octopus, low pressure hose, pressure gauge (console)

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  • Air cylinder

After wet suits were on, into the pool we went! We had a set of skills we were to complete throughout the day and skill 1: swim 200m. This didn’t seem too bad 🙂

Then we learned how to assemble our BCDs, do buddy checks, put our BCDs on, and suddenly we were breathing under water!

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It was the strangest feeling to breathe under water. In the beginning it was a bit uncomfortable, as I felt I had to get out of the water to breathe properly. It did take some time to get used to being under water for so long, but after a while, I was getting a good hang of it.

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We practiced various skills such as:

  • Flooding our masks full with water and emptying it
  • Taking our BCDs on and off under water
  • Taking our weight belts on and off under water
  • Taking the regulator (the breathing tube) in and out of our mouths
  • Turning our air off to feel what it’s like to be out of air
  • Practicing going up without having any air
  • Taking masks on and off
  • Sharing air with your partner if you happen to be out of air
  • Rolling backwards into the water

We successfully completed all the tasks and it had felt great to become comfortable getting used to breathing under water and I had scuba dived for the first time in my life! The learning curve was steep.

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We ended the day by taking the theoretical exam which was successfully passed, so now we were ready to head for the ocean on Day 3!

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