April 24th – May 4th, 2013
Me and two of my friends, let’s say their name are Miska and Ian, were taking diving class from April 24th – May 5th in Sorowako (12 hours from South Sulawesi capital). Why so far? Because we are working there for that period of time. Plus, the instructor is our colleague so that the price is not that expensive. In fact, it is super economically friendly compare to diving course in Jakarta.
The diving course that we took was called Open Water. After someone completed this course, that person will be called Open Water Diver and will get diving card/license from the certified association, in our case it is from PADI. And not only that, if someone is certified as Open Water Diver, he/she will be able to dive until 18 m depth, which is deep enough in some places to enjoy the beauty of our ocean.
First course that we had was Confined Water Dive, which in diving term confined water means swimming pool. But, before started jumping into the water, we had to study from Modul 1-3 of the training book to understand about the basic skills that you need to dive. This basic skills covers from how to prepare your diving equipment, how to “literally” breathe under water, how to clear the mask that you are using if it is fogging, and many others cool stuff. It took us almost all day to practice this before we could move further ahead with the next step, diving in the Open Water.
Our first dive in the Open Water was on the lake. The Lake that we went to is called Matano Lake, which in one of the deepest lake in the world. But, like most of the lake in the world, there is not much to see there, except darkness and emptiness, which can freak you out (personal experience).
getting ready to dive in the lake
In this lake, what we did was basically repeat most of the things that we practiced in the pool. The only difference was, now you are deeper in the water.
In the middle of the dive, we were at a depth around 6 to 7 meters and I was panic and suddenly gave a signal to our instructor that I want to go up. I was thinking too much at that time especially because not far from the place where we kneel at the bottom of the lake was a total darkness and an endless bottom. This endless and dark bottom seemed to penetrate the last unseen barrier that I put in my mind and finally put me in that situation. Our instructor then approached and asked me to calm down and breathe. Breathe slowly and deeply is a key to get you in control in a situation like this. Then, after that, moving around and doing something else, like practicing basic dive skills will also make your mind doesn’t have enough time to think many stupid things.
We did two dives in the lake. After the first unpleasant dive, in the second dive I did better. In this second dive we dive even deeper, down to 12 meters, and I was doing fine. No stupid thinking and maintaining constant breathe was all that I did. But, no matter how calm you try to be to enjoy your surrounding, diving in a lake is not as fun as diving in a sea…
Our instructor decided to give us the final theory test first before we did our final dives. There are 50 questions that we need to answer, from basic knowledges to diving time calculation using RDP (Recreational Dive Planner) table. And the result was, we got above average.. yeay..
Open Water final exam ©MiskaR
Then, the day when we will become a diver finally came…
Saturday, May 4th, we left for Bulupoloe which in around one hour drive and then continued by one hour boating. We’ve been to this diving spot around two months ago, but, at that time, what we did was DSD and we can only dive until 6 m. But this time, it will be different..
When we got to the same diving spot as we were two months ago, the water condition was so poor. It was so dirty that your visibility probably less than half a meter. We almost decided to cancel the dive because there is no point of doing a diving if you can’t see anything. But then, the boat owner suggested to try the opposite direction of this island that is called Bulupoloe… and it was a good decision..
We did two dives and here are some pictures from what lies underneath the water (picture was taken by Astiany Dachring)
shy nemo ©AstianyD
lion fish ©AstianyD
blue transparent shrimp ©AstianyD
and of course, the last but not the least, hello from underwater..