When I was in Grenada, my dad and I took the PADI Open Water Scuba Diving certification course. It was a lot of work but now I’m certified!
For the course we had to read through a 5-pound book and do a test every chapter. The book talked about how to save a drowning diver, about water pressure, what can cause low visibility, different situations under water and many other things. They all helped when we had to practice and perform different safety proceedures.
After getting through the book and taking the quizzes after every chapter, we took two confined water dives. That means performing proceedures underwater and over water in a swimming pool. We had to learn how to navigate using a compass, how too clear your mask of water underwater, how to easily find your your regulator and many other critical things you have to learn.
Finally we were able to do our open water dives. They were really fun because we got to go to see some great dives sites in Grenada. The first day we did two dives in a big bay off of the biggest beach in grenada. We went by boat about a kilometer from the main land and dived. It was pretty surprising that that far out it was only around 10 metres deep but that was good because we didn’t have too swim to far to see the beautiful coral. There we learned to how too clear your mask again underwater, a further compass navigation and how to assist bringing someone up to the surface if they’re out of air or feel pressure sickness. I saw a school of bright blue, big sea fans and coral and many other cool colorful fish.
The second day we did our last two dives. Melissa and my mom came too and they went snorkeling while my dad and I dived. We went to a couple of bays: one where there was a magnificent cement figure display and saw a couple of flounder, a lobster, stone fish and lots of deadly coral. We mostly practiced stuff from previous dives which helped a lot. It was funny because there was a guy who got really nervous because he thought he was running low on air. I don’t think he was very experienced with diving because he wasn’t very coordinated and he used up his air pretty fast.
Learning to scuba dive took a while but it was worth it. Now we can dive anywhere with a buddy and go further into the dive experience and learn higher levels of diving with different courses like shipwrecks, photography, cave diving, etc. Then after a while I get to take the master scuba diving challenge but it will take a long time untill I get to that level of scuba diving!