Yesterday we all went out SCUBA diving at Bird Island. First we had to go through the surf in a small Panga. The waves were so big the Panga would stand on end and then waves would crash over the bow. Once anchored we flipped off the boat backwards and sank down to the bottom. We saw stingrays, spider crabs, puffer fish, purple sea urchins and lots of tropical fish. We even got to puff the puffer and then pet him. Next time I go snorkeling I am going to grab a puffer! They are so cute they look and feel like a pineapple balloon when they puff up. They are only poisonous if you eat them. Which I did not.
Each wave caused a large underwater surge and sometimes it would smash me into the rocks. Visibility was horrible and you could barely see your hand in front of your face. At first my ears were hurting as I tried to clear them but after a while they felt better and it was fun again.
The day before Hector (my dive master) taught me a lot as we practiced in the pool. I learned how to use the equipment, and hand signals and how to clear my mask underwater. It was a piece of cake. Hector was a great guy.
I saw Patrick, Mr. Crabs, Mrs. Puff but never did see Spongebob!
5 days ago