Travel

Scuba Diving In Capetown

Travel isn’t always about seeing places, sometimes even though travel itself is an adventure, more daring adventures need to be taken off the list. I have always loved water sports, although swimming had been the only one I had engaged in and though I’m not exactly a pro, I decided to take my water sporting up a notch.

Scuba Diving

I’ve got a ton of extreme water sports adventures on my Bucket List but it was time to let go of Scuba Diving. Just before I was in South Africa, I made little findings and got me a dive instructor (Iain Robertson), we exchanged emails and I had well in advance booked dates and time for my training classes and the dive, even though I eventually had to reschedule. He sent me a medical form which I had to go through and Sign before the dive at the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Two Oceans Acquarium

On seeing and going through the form, I got cold feet especially when I read the warning section which started with the words “Skin and scuba diving have inherent risks which may result in serious injury or death”. Also the section on “Acceptance of Risk” where I also had to insert my name and sign off on risks relating to injury and death was downright one of the scariest moments of my life and trust me the most difficult decision I have had to make.

 

PADI Suba Diving

I had my dive class at the Wynberg Military Aquatic Center where I learnt the basics which were hand signals for ease of communication with my Instructor as making a conversation underwater is obviously impossible, how to check my oxygen gauge, and most importantly how to retrieve my regulator which is used for breathing underwater just in case I let go.

Scuba Diving Training

Suba Diving Lesson

Next day, I took my dive  and it was an awesome experience. Diving with sharks, different species of fishes, turtles and other sea creatures like I was a part of them was a totally different experience compared to diving in a pool. I felt like a sea creature and experienced what it’s like to one. Although, breathing underwater doesn’t exactly feel natural, I equalized and was fine. However, I had earlier confirmed with Iain before the dive that there hadn’t been any deaths or causalities, still I was mindful of my air gauge and checked it at intervals.

findingae (1 of 1)-123

Sea creatures while scuba diving

Scuba Diving

turtule in the ocean

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving was fun and I’d totally try it out again as scuba diving classes are now being offered in Lagos. I also have a new item on my Bucket List which is to Dive at Silfra, the crack between the North American and Eurasian continents. Getting a Go Pro Camera is now at the top of my ”To Buy List” as the pictures would have been a whole lot nicer if I had used an underwater camera.

Padi Suba Diving

After my dive, i took a look around the aquarium and these pretty little things were my favorite.

Finding Nemo

Suba Diving

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger 😉

 

Previous Post Next Post

You Might Also Like

42 Comments

  • Reply adebayo February 8, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    What doesn’t kill you definitely makes you stronger, sure you had fun and thanks for enlightening us…. kudos

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Yeah! I did…Anytime!

  • Reply Alex Josh February 8, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Very nice b…. swimming with the sharks

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Lol…Thanks, more like diving tho 😀

  • Reply Adam February 8, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Wow

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      :)

  • Reply Subomi February 9, 2016 at 12:27 am

    As much as I admire your courage. I also feel challenged, it not enough to watch the sharks swim.. Go swim with them… Another lovely post from u keep it up

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Loool…Thanks, plus diving classes re now being offered in Lagos just in case u’re in lagos and want to try out a new adventure.

  • Reply janet February 9, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Nice work,keep it up.

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks! Will ensure I do

  • Reply Führer February 9, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Sharks like seriously…..very nice post

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Lol! Yeah Sharks and funny enough I wasn’t frightened, I felt they could do no harm.

  • Reply Führer February 9, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Scuba diving can be fun but the part with sharks just creeps me out …..nice post

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Lol…u’ll be totally safe in the Scuba gear.

  • Reply StraitTwistedMe February 9, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Nice experience.

    I envy you loads.

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      😀

  • Reply sholabomi February 9, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Diving with sharks ke? Mba I no do o! I’m sure they weren’t hungry! Lol! This anu babe can like being very adventurous o! Keep having fun dear!

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      loool…Its totally safe inside the scuba gear so u’ll be fine…you should try it out sometime.

  • Reply obanlearo Temitope February 9, 2016 at 11:54 am

    If not now…Then when?
    Scuba diving….Great adventure

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      :) Thanks

  • Reply Olushola ojo February 9, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    U can’t stop to amaze me.

    • AE
      Reply AE February 10, 2016 at 6:43 am

      loool…;D

  • Reply Lawrence February 9, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Nice job. Expanding our knowledge to knowing Africa the more. At the same time, LV ur courage.
    I guess the swimming area is sectioned for that or it’s a natural water land; ocean, sea etc.

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks…the swimming area isn’t just for diving, people swim there also.

  • Reply Millicent February 9, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Weldone

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks :)

  • Reply Sola February 9, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    You did it. Short of words.

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      Yup I did!!!

  • Reply kodi February 9, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Aww good one Boto!!! Really proud of you! Having the guts to do this! I cant even jump into a pool! Keep it up boo thang!!

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Yay!!! Thanks so much boo!

  • Reply hammednice@gmail.com February 9, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Good job Anu, keep it up dear, can’t wait for the next step…. more blessing and God will always save you…. proud of u…..

    • AE
      Reply AE February 9, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Loool…Thanks so much, for the prayer too…Amen.

  • Reply Ajomo Segun February 10, 2016 at 10:10 am

    You are just extraordinary my dear!

    • AE
      Reply AE February 10, 2016 at 11:11 am

      I know right :)

  • Reply Catherine February 10, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    What’s the aquatic community like?

    • AE
      Reply AE February 11, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Its quite serene, peaceful and blue :)

  • Reply Meister February 11, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Cool!

    • AE
      Reply AE February 11, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      :)

  • Reply Olopade sesan February 18, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Beautiful sis nyc one….shout out from my friends over in Ife hre

    • AE
      Reply AE February 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Lol…Thanks bro…i’m saying hi to them all.

  • Reply adejumoke February 21, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    You did not see salsa lessons to take or voice training classes to attend???? it just had to be sharks ???? sha do not die biko i have picked my cheif bride’s maid dress already o.????

    • AE
      Reply AE February 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Lmao…salsa nd voice training hardly count as adventure, i’m taking salsa classes on Fridays now tho, had my first class this year last Friday.

    Leave a Reply