Scuba Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

Are you for Scube-ergh?

If you’ve seen the film Along Came Polly, we’re a lot like Ruben and Polly. He is very risk-adverse, whereas I’m probably too laid back.

Having said that, my one fear is swimming in the ocean. I need to be able to touch and see the sand underneath, and I’ve never mastered snorkelling, but when we got the chance to go out to the Great Barrier Reef for a snorkel and an intro dive, I couldn’t pass it up.

The world’s largest coral reef system is made up of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands, stretched over 1400 miles over an area of approximately 133,000 square miles off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and can be seen from outer space.

In summary, it’s enormous.

We did our trip with Cairns Dive Centre aboard the Reefkist in Cairns, who were great fun and ever the professionals.

The day started with a snorkel.

 

 

I tried, but couldn’t get the hang of not getting water in the snorkel. I ended up just holding my breath but managed to see lots that way, so I didn’t mind.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when we saw two huge sea turtles.

 

Photo credit: Tom’s Underwater Photography

They were so amazing, it brought tears to my eyes.

 

We were briefed on the scuba dive and the three things we needed to learn how to do before they would take us down. It all went in one ear and out the other, so when our turn came, we were a bit panicked.

 

 

We got geared up for a practice dive to show the instructor what we had learnt.

As soon as we were underwater, Marc started to have a panic attack. He was fine after a couple of minutes but understandably, he wasn’t up for trying again.

He is a thousand times more confident in the water than I am, so if he couldn’t do it, how could I?

I focussed on copying the instructor and breathing steadily, and managed to pass the briefing.

Then the nerves started to kick in.

 

Soon it was my groups turn to dive.

 

 

I got the hang of it and barely let go of my instructors hand.

 

But you can see in my eyes I’m terrified haha.

 

 

We eventually found Nemo…

 

And had a little photoshoot with these guys…

 

 

 

I was instructed to make this hand gesture a lot.

 

 

…which somehow makes me look even less cool than I already am.

 

 

Anyway, I was so happy I managed to do it and enjoy it.

 

 

Marc was proud of me too, as he knows only too well how much of a chicken shit I usually am with water.

 

 

Just signing up for my PADI!

We spent the journey back to Cairns drying off on the deck.

 

 

…and I spent the whole evening trying to untangle the enormous dreadlocks in my hair.

 

 

French braid it, long haired people. Always, french braid it.

 

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