So about a month ago I made my way down to the pool and was greeted warmly by Graham Orridge and the rest of the Aqua Trek team. A little bit of theory and it was time to get into the water to have a go at the skills. It really built my confidence being taken through everything step by step, from setting up the equipment, buddy checks and being underwater, in a fairly familiar environment. An hour or so later, skills completed (including mask removal), we had a bit of time left so I had a good swim around and got myself used to being in the water and the feel of the equipment again.
It was time to get out all too soon. A quick change and I sat down to do the theory test, aargh, some of this stuff I hadn’t looked at since I did my open water course back in 2002! Well I did better than I thought, managing 17 out of 20, and Graham explained the ones that I had got wrong.
At the end of the evening I was feeling pretty pleased with myself, I’d done it! Most of it came back to me but the bits that didn’t were explained and I was taken through them again, it did me a world of good. Graham very kindly invited me to their next dive night in a couple of weeks so I could have a bit more time in the pool fine-tuning my buoyancy and practising a few skills again.
I really, really enjoyed the next dive night. It was great just swimming around, experimenting with my buoyancy and really getting comfortable being underwater again. I’ve got the bug again (she says with a massive smile on her face!), and I can’t wait to get into the water in Tobago.
And it turns out I don’t have to wait long as we are off tomorrow! Our first 2 nights we are booked to stay at Toucan Inn, Pigeon Point and I will be diving with Undersea Tobago, then it’s up to Blue Waters Inn and diving with Blue Waters Dive’N for the remainder of our trip.
Recent sightings include Spotted Eagle Ray, Hawksbill Turtle, Dolphins and large Tarpon. Let's hope they stick around for the next week!
Keep an eye on the website to read the second instalment of my return to diving!