Last spring I travelled around the world with a friend, and one of our stops were the Fiji Islands. We both had diver certificates and Fiji being mostly water seemed a perfect place to spent a lot of time diving. I think we had 10 or 12 dives all in all during the two weeks we were there. And one of them were a shark dive!
From the snorkel trip with the ‘small’ sharks some days before the thrilling ‘big shark’ dive
We actually hadn’t planned or even thought about diving with real sharks – and by real sharks, I mean 4-5 meter long bull sharks! Yeah, not kidding! We had celebrated my friends bithday by staying a day longer on an island, and planned a last dive before heading back to the main island on the last day. In the evening we asked some of the staff to set up the dive for us, and they told us to come to the reception the next where someone from an island near by would pick us up. When we boarded the small boat we expected it to be a quite dive with beautiful corals. But no – when we were half way to the dive site and the dive instructor had finished telling us about the dive site he added “Oh yeah, I there are sharks out there”. At first we got a little scared, but then we remembered the harmless 1-2 meter long sharks we had been snorkelling with a coupple of days earlier. But we were wrong – we were so wrong!
The dive itself were really amazing! Not only did we see lots of sharks. We also saw a turtle(!), swam through a small cave and were all alone together with the instructor. It was one of the best dives – except for some problems with my regulator in the middle of the dive. Mine broke and I had to change over to the instructor’s regulator and swim under him for the rest of the dive. I didn’t really think about the severity of the situation before we talked about the amazing shark dive later on – which was good, because panic would clearly not have made a situation with a broken regulator better in 18 meters depth.
Anyways I made a video from the shark dive with my GoPro – BUT this is my first ever GoPro video so I’m so sorry about the bad cutting etc 😛
The very first time I went scuba diving I was in Spain. A small, local company took people diving, and I was the only one on the trip who hadn’t been diving with scuba gear before. I was so excited but also a bit worried – none of the instructors could speaking English. At least they tried and when I got in the water I had a blast! It was amazing and I had so much fun. Right before I jumped in the water one of the guys on the boat said: “Diving is like a wet kiss. You love it and want more or you detest it and never come back”. And I loved it, my god it was amazing. From the very moment I got out of the water I started planning on getting a diver’s certificate.
Me after my first scuba dive in Spain (2013)
I took my diver’s certificate through PADI and had some really talented and sweet ‘teachers’ from Masterdive in Helsinore. The course was in Danish but a lot of resorts in Egypt, Thailand, Spain etc. offer similar courses. PADI is one of the largest firms offering diver’s certification and you are sure you get what you pay for. Furthermore their instructors are really skilled and spread out across the world. To me it meant a great deal to me that even though I went to the other side of the world and dived on small islands in Fiji, the instructors knew exactly what I’m capable of because they know the PADI courses and the different levels within the PADI system. I would recommend PADI to anyone considering to become a certified diver. Oh, and then they have a lot of extra courses which sound so exciting! Eg. wreck diver, underwater videograph or night diver!
After getting my certificate in 2014 I’ve been diving at Great Barrier Reef(3 times) and Fiji(4 times). Unfortunately I live in Denmark and the water is really cold, so I find it a bit boring to dive here.
But if you takes to water like a duck then consider trying out scuba diving. A lot of dive places offers short dives where you’re in the water with an instructor only focusing on you. It’s a great way to figure out if it’s something you’d like to take to the next level (read: take a course). Even though you like water it can be difficult to get used to breathing underwater and a try dive is the perfect way to give it .. a try.