If you’re going to go SCUBA diving for the first time, what better place to do it than Barbados. As spontaneously as we booked the flight, we booked a SCUBA trip for both our first times. We found an amazing crew at Eco Dive Barbados that offered a introductory on-land lesson, a quick lesson in the shallow water and then a one-tank dive.
In The Classroom
The team their was super friendly and helpful. We dove with two other Brits who had been certified many years ago and wanted a refresher. The on-land lesson taught us all of the info we needed to know about the equipment, equalizing, how to communicate under water and how to descend in the water. This was also the scariest part. This is when we learned about all of the air chambers in the body and them major damage you can do to yourself if you don’t equalize or descend properly. The crew was very reassuring and after sitting thorough the lesson we were both too invested to back out.
Once we geared up in our wetsuits, we set out on the boat for our shallow water lesson before actually SCUBA diving. Carlisle Bay is a calm and expansive area with beach dwellers, boats and snorkelers all sharing in the beuaty. We got into the water and strapped onto the air tanks in the shallow part of the water. The instructor gave us hands-on lessons on using the equipment and practicing the methods we had just learned on land. The first time putting my face into water with the mouth piece in was nothing short of weird. I immediately shot up. It was just like they had warned. My brain had no idea what to do being able to breath under water. It took a couple more attempts but once I got over the mental part, I was sitting on the ocean floor no problem.
Next we headed out on the boat to do the actual SCUBA diving. This is when we got to get in the water Jacque Cousteau style. With the air tank and all of our gear on, we sat on the edge of the boat with our backs facing the water and inched all the way back until we were almost hanging on then had to simple fall into the water. This was the second scariest part, and maybe the most fun. Once we were in the water, the instructor handed us a rope with a knot ever foot or so down. We went down to each knot and equalized until we all met under water. The next hour passes in magical and etherial bliss. We saw a sea horse, a few schools of fish, a ship wreck and countless coral. I had never experienced anything like the serenity down there. It was peaceful and quiet.
Every once in a while my mind would wander to how I was underwater and if I started coughing or had a panic attack and wanted to be on the surface I could die. It was certainly an exercise of mental fortitude.
Have you ever tried SCUBA diving? Where are you favorite places to dive?