Every other Thursday I share a travel experience from the past. With 4 years of non-stop travel and 3 years of part time travel I have a lot to get through! From the highs of skidiving to the depths of scuba diving – and everything in between, let me inspire you to try something new!
This week: SCUBA DIVING IN OPEN WATER WITH BULL SHARKS
The adventure series – Issue 6: Scuba diving with sharks
As some of you may be aware, I have joined forces with the Adventure in You team and so this epic episode of the Adventure Series will be hosted by them.
here’s a little snippet of what’s in store:
I would like to introduce you to my love/hate relationship with Scuba diving. I love the thought of scuba diving – as a child I always wanted to be a mermaid so the whole breathing underwater thing really ticks that box, as well as the fact that there is as much to see below the water as there is above: the amazing sea life, beautiful coral, shipwrecks from bygone time and even sunken cities – why wouldn’t I love scuba diving?
Well, the problem is, I’m not very good at it. It never crossed my mind when I booked our PADI Open Water course with Simple Life Divers on Koh Tao (Thailand) that Scuba Diving was something I couldn’t immediately and effortlessly do. I mean, I love the water and have always been a strong swimmer – it never occurred to me that I would struggle to equalize or need a different number of weights each time I dive – or that I actually get really bad seasickness on rough seas. And it is for that reason that I also hate scuba diving (just a little bit). It shouldn’t really be a reason to hate it, but I’m a perfectionist and I’ve always told myself that if I want to do something, I can do it – and be good at it. (Remember my ‘jump of the day’ when Bungee Jumping?!) But I persevere. And it is *always* worth it.
so, how did I end up Scuba Diving with Bull Sharks in open water?
After getting our Open Water certification in Koh Tao, we moved down to Koh Phangan and found ourselves on a very quiet, almost private beach. We were approached by a woman who simply asked
My eyes lit up (remember the whole Adrenalin junkie thing?!), Gavin looked a little concerned, but we went with it as she explained that she worked for Sail Rock Divers Resort who specialized in taking dive groups out to Sail Rock which was touted as one of the best dive sites on the Gulf of Thailand. Let me tell you, It did not disappoint.
We were taught the hand signal for sharks
Before diving in we were taught the hand signal for shark. You may or may not be surprised that it is putting your hand on your head like a fin. The staff explained that Sail Rock was the only landmass between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao and so supported the breeding cycle of many species and that we may see a large whale shark that frequented the area, but if not, we would definitely see some Bull sharks. They advised us that we might have to swim a little out from the rock as they often didn’t come too close, but I was ok with that – I just wanted to see one (or two or three!)
Making our way down to about 12-15m was just incredible. There were so many different types of exotic fish and colourful coral – and my eyes were firmly peeled and on the lookout for a shark – whale or bull – I wasn’t bothered, either one would do!