On the first day, we saw videos demonstrating how to learn skills and gain knowledge of diving. Then we did some exercises in the pool. It was hard but I enjoyed it and didn’t have any problems. The following day, we had an exam and pool practice again. I passed the exam. On the third day, we went on a cruise to do some practice under the sea. However, on the way to the reef, I got terribly seasick. I got medicine after the boat left but it was too late. I couldn’t stand up by myself and speak well. When we arrived to the reef, everybody was getting ready to go diving. I still felt really sick. Even under the circumstances, I tried to get ready and went into the sea. When I reached the bottom, 6 meters deep, I realized I couldn’t breathe well. I didn’t know what to do and put out my BCD, the oxygen mask and went up to the surface. I was alive but I felt I had almost died. That was the scariest feeling I’ve ever had in the ocean. My condition was still bad. Of course, I couldn’t continue the training. Then the teacher decided to give me another chance the following weekend.
When it came, on Saturday, I joined the pool practice again with the new students. Last time, we were a group of 8 but this time, only 6 including me. That was good for everybody. At first, even though I was in the pool, I felt scared. Gradually, I overcame my fear and didn’t have any problems. The following day, we went on the cruise. This time, I took medicine beforehand so I didn’t get seasick. When we arrived to the reef, I could get ready with other students together. I could reach the bottom of the sea. We practiced clearing the mask and recovering the oxygen. I did it quite well. Unfortunately, suddenly, I remembered the bad experience from the previous weekend. I got really scared and went up to the surface by myself. The teacher told me that I can’t go up to the surface without emergency reasons. I couldn’t continue with other students so I practiced snorkeling.
The following day, the teacher let me join an intro dive because all I needed to have was just more experience. My skills were not the problem so I joined the intro dive. I could dive for 25 minutes, 10 meters deep. I was still experiencing fear but I did it! In the afternoon, the instructor took me for the last dive. It was like a private lesson. I could take my time and keep my pace and dive for 25 minutes, 12 meters deep. Finally, he gave me a scuba license. It was not open water but I’m still satisfied; it’s better than nothing.
I had lots of trouble during those 6 days so the crew remembered me and they helped me a lot. I was a little popular on the boat. I was ashamed a little but I realized that I’m not alone all the time and if I continue trying again and again, someone will eventually give me a hand. All the people who helped me were so kind and nice. Also many of my friends encouraged me. I appreciate all of them. Now I could not only get the certified card, but also touch the beautiful warm hearts of the people around me.
Ayano Ochai, Upper-Intermediate