It was nearing sun down. The water was warm, clear, calm, and glowing in a golden pinkish hue. Sounds of long tail boats zipping by. A small island about a 2 hour ferry ride from Koh Samui, Koh Tao is known as one of the best places to go divining in the world.
What I love most about traveling is how things fall in to place. Big Blue Dive School felt just like that. Their instructors are super rad and really care about everything that comes with diving. We signed up to get our Open Water Certification. A course that over 3 days and 4 open water dives, teaches you all you need to know about diving with a partner to a depth of 18 meters. The days were filled with excitement, fear, exhaustion, sea sickness, you name it. And at the end of it all, we decided to jump right in to an Advanced Certification. After 5 more dives (including a thrilling Night Dive), learning a few more skills, diving to new depths, getting 'narced' (so fun), some more seasickness, and 'getting triggered,' we are now, as my brother puts it, certified fish, able to go to depths of 30 meters.
The open waters are a whole new world. Schools of thousands of fish all moving as one large organism, eels lurking in the shadows of coral, sleeping turtles in caves, rainbow fish hunting, barracudas, tiny colorful plants that shoot into the coral for safety if you get too close…and on and on. Needless to say, it was an exciting week and I'm looking forward to more dive trips in the future!!