Prior to my certification, I was scared of diving deep down the sea. What worried me most was the method of clearing your foggy snorkel mask underwater. How it works is basically, you completely fill your mask with water (seawater, ouch), facing 45 degree upwards and exhaling as hard (like, really hard) as possible until you mask has no water.
When I was 14, i went for my first discovery dive, which is whereby a dive master will briefly teach you about scuba diving and accompany you out for a shallow dive. The whole idea of a discovery dive is to see whether you are into diving or not, if yes, you proceed to get your actual license. So there it goes, the mask clearing part, I reluctantly filled my mask with water and I started to feel claustrophobic. And before I knew it, i panicked because I failed to clear my mask so the dive instructor and I had no choice but to ascend to the sea surface.
So of course that was a shock of my life. But I was determined to get my license anyway, so I would go to swimming pools to practise my mask clearing skills. It took time, but in a matter of weeks I mastered the skill (yay!). And next thing I knew, I went to Mabul Island (near Sipadan island in Borneo) and I got certified!
I have been diving ever since. My favourite spots are Maldives, Bali, and a few islands in Malaysia. For those who don’t know what diving deep feels like, it feels peaceful, quiet, and you feel relaxed being in an environment so different. Now that I’ve transferred to New York City, I definitely miss diving a lot! After I graduate, I hope to take courses to become a rescue diver of a higher position.
Here is a photo of me face-to-face with a 100 year old sea turtle in Manado, Indonesia