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First Time Underwater - Part 2 - Diving in

First Time Underwater - Part 2 - Diving in
By Divestock crew 2 years ago 3587 Views No comments

For the first wet part of our course, we met up with our instructors at the Kalev Swimming Center. It houses all sorts of water activities, spas, and stuff. We had a comfortable part of the large pool reserved for us. It was now time to get into the gear. That was easier said than done. Nothing else was really that complicated, but getting into the wetsuits required some pulling. Saara actually managed to bruise her fingers a bit! I didn’t think it was that hard, you just had to pull and pull and do some wiggling – and have someone help you with the back zipper, but then again my suit fit fairly well.

Putting on the diving shoes was uncomplicated, as was putting on the fins (if you sat at the pool edge). Putting on the mask required some spitting, but unless you're super squeamish, I don’t think that should be a problem for anyone. It is your own spit! (No need to have some smoker do it for you). Even though I discovered that the web shop actually also has something called “Bio-Gel Antifog For Mask” – I hope that isn’t just someone’s bottled spit! They are dry-mouthed at the Seac Sub plant in that case…

We started out gradually – before we used the tanks and regulators we swam around the pool with just masks and snorkels. This was quite useful – I’ve never worn fins before, so swimming with them was a bit awkward. I got the good advice not to cycle with my legs (yes, I was doing that) and to keep the kick in my ankles. I felt a bit weird at first, but it was definitively smarter and more efficient. Wearing a mask was also interesting, I’ve swum with my eyes open before, but this was a lot more pleasant. Breathing through the snorkel didn’t feel weird, although I had to find a proper state of relaxation for my jaws to hold the mouthpiece in my mouth.

Then we got to the real-gear-diving. Filling and deflating the BCDs with air was relatively simple, breathing was simple and getting the gear on turned out to be fairly logical with our patient instructor Tonis. Funny how the otherwise exuberant Tonis, almost ADHD, was so serene in the water, there must be something deeper (excuse the pun) about diving…

Well, we jumped into the pool again, helped each other into the BCD wests, strapped them tightly and sorted out the hoses. It was time to get under! This the part that I had expected to be a bit frightening, but in the end, we had gone through so many smaller steps, had familiarized us with the gear and we were in a calm environment, so it was really just one more step.

And it was an exciting step! Being underwater, functioning underwater and not having to deal with the restrictions of the human body – that gives you a brand-new respect for the human spirit and in its ingeniousness! I can’t wait to learn more.

Look out for part 3

Text by Henrika Arle