Saba SCUBA Diving Adventure, Day 2
The first day of diving is always fun, crazy and a little hectic. While some of us have literally lived a life in – and under – the water, returning to the subaquatic realm is a little disorienting for most; especially after being out of the water for a year or more. So the first morning is always filled with sorting gear, briefings on safety, equipment and the local diving scene, getting everyone sorted on the dive boat, paperwork, certification cards, analyzing nitrox, remembering how the dive computers work and all the other fun stuff.
But it’s just like riding a bike.
As I look around at faces on the dive boat the first morning, I always see a mix of excitement, laughter and sometimes apprehension. That’s normal I suppose as humans weren’t originally intended to breathe underwater. But the Ocean is magic and any apprehension is usually misplaced because as soon as everyone gets their face underwater again, all else is forgotten.
Its so much fun watching people’s reaction to the world under the waves – it truly is a different world and the last unexplored frontier on this planet and for this week, we get to be those explorers. There’s something amazing about a coral reef and all the life buzzing around it that seems to speak to just about everybody. How cool is that?
For such a small island, Saba has a good diversity in dive sites. Depending how you categorize it, there are at least four different dive areas and a number of dive sites in each – everything from deep pinnacles to shallow geologic reefs. Saba has a marine park that is much more than just an excuse to collect fees from divers. Since the 80’s, it’s been protecting the marine life here – and it shows.
For today, it’s two dives and then a night dive at Tent reef. The water is 83 degrees and the vis good. Gordon, Chris and Raoul are all shooting this week and we’ll share their pics. Time to go diving!