Man it’s been a long, long, long, long, long, LONG time since I’ve gotten to use this SCUBA Diving category tag! In fact there’s only a measly 3 posts in there, this will be the 4th. I started diving way back in 2004 and ended soon thereafter in 2005 – not so much by choice but by circumstance. Diving is an extremely social pass-time and due to the safety concerns it’s important to go with people you trust and are comfortable with.
I didn’t really have a group to go with back then (diving kaki) so I stopped for a while – recently everyone has gotten back into it (like Terence and KY) and a few more have gotten certified (like Myhorng and Moobs).
Anyway the story goes something like this, everyone was starting to dive again and I wanted to get into it and Kim was interested in getting certified to round up our group to 6 strong. A spot came up a couple of weeks back to study under Edvin Eng the incredible Fishman – so Kim jumped at the chance and I tagged along to do a refresher course as I haven’t dived for almost exactly 6 years (Since Redang – September 2005).
We did the confined water and refresher stuff at the ex-Syabas pool in PJ state at the same row as A&W – I remembered most things and I could always look through the PADI course-ware to refresh my memory. Diving is more practical than theory anyway so actually getting in the pool and practicing was more important.
2 weeks after that it was time to head to the island for the open water dives and leisure diving for the rest of us (Me, Terence & Moobs) – we went to Lang Tengah which is rather near Redang (the jetty is just opposite).
It’s a beautiful place with clear waters and a nice beach, not that we really paid any attention to that. It’s not really a holiday spot though unless you are into diving, it’s a classic diving spot – nothing to do at night, lousy food and just about bearable accommodation.
But I got what I went for, to wet my bones and I had no bad experiences! Any underwater pics are taken by my bro Terence.
The dives were good, we saw a leopard shark on our second boat dive! The corals were ok, not great condition and due to it being near the end of the season there were a lot of particles in the water – but the main reason was to get Kim certified before the 2012 season starts. And well that’s done – she’s a fully qualified PADI diver now! So congrats to her 😀
And yes I can photobomb her even underwater..LOL. After the dives were over, there really wasn’t much to do – due to the food situation this is what we had for dinner.
It was good! After ‘dinner’ we proceeded to terrorise all the other students on the island who had just passed their diving certs with the mask of death.
We also rocked out a bit of karoake, some light night drafts and then passed out. It’s pretty tiring diving, up early carrying tanks, swimming around all day etc..
The drive there and back was a bit tiring, but totally worth it. I’ve got the bug again, I foresee some purchases, upgrades and further trips coming soon..
Anyway if you want to learn to dive (especially about breathing – which is the most critical part) or check out some awesome trips do check out Ocean Xplorer: