Scuba diving 101 2021.08.20
The actual scuba diving experience was not going to be long. We were paying to rent equipment, feed the fish and dive for only about twenty minutes. The total cost was ten thousand per person which seemed reasonable for a first time experience. Organising matters such as who needed what equipment and payment, getting dressed, walking down to the dive point, undressing and lugging the equipment back to the renting station took maybe three hours. We separated into two groups. One instructor gave instructions in Taiwanese to our housemates from Taiwan and the other spoke in English and Japanese to us. Fear of information overload is natural. They can call these instructions basic or easy but when you are hearing so many things for the first time and are very new to something how can you possibly grasp it all unless you have an exceptional memory? Furthermore, if you messed up you were putting your life at risk. If something went astray would you be lucid enough to recall the tips to save yourself? I challenge my memory now having had the experience and some difficulties while under water. They started off talking about the head gear. You got a pair of goggles and a mouth piece. As for the mouth piece, you are required to breathe through your mouth once submerged. The reason for this is that if you breathe through your nose you are encouraging water to be pulled into your goggles. It is so unnatural to breathe through your mouth only. To discourage breathing through my nose I pinched my nostrils shut so I would have no choice but to inhale and exhale through my nose. Again, a disadvantage of this is that while underwater, if one hand is pinching your nose then there is only one free arm left to balance and swim through the water. I wanted to have as little problems as possible so I tried to focus my mind on the instructions. Next was the matter of your goggles. Breathing through your nose whilst wearing goggles creates two issues. The first is that the differences in temperature inside and outside of the protective wear causes condensation to build up meaning they get foggy. Next as mentioned before, if you breathe through your nose you inadvertently suck water into the goggles. So here comes the tidbit about what you should do if those problems do occur.
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