It was 2011 and I was so excited to finally get my PADI Open Water Diver License. I passed all the skills tests and the written exams, I filled out the forms, and most of all, I had the best time of my life diving for the first time. The only problem was we weren’t able to mail the forms to PADI and we lost our forms.
So for the next 4 years, I wasn’t able to dive as I would have liked to. And I had a goal of becoming a Master Diver, but I couldn’t even get my first license. Then an opportunity came a-knocking on the window. My aunt wanted to get her Open Water Diver License and she was willing for my sister and I to tag along.
My sister took this opportunity to get her Open Water License and when I explained to our instructor my dilemna, he had agreed to take mine a step further. I planned on going to get my Adventure Diver / Advanced Open Water Diver License. I was so excited!
So off to Palawan we went!
We took a flight catered by Philippine Airlines and I was impressed because it was on schedule, by the exact minute. Amazing ride, albeit a short one.
Where We Stayed
We stayed in Coron Gateway Hotel, which was really near the wharf so you have this beautiful view of the sea and the boats, but no sand bars. The room was absolutely gorgeous. It looked spacious and beautifully decorated. The bathroom was huge! There was a glass enclosed shower, big bathtub with a sliding door that opens up to the bedroom, and really nice big dresser like mirror on the sink counter.
Where to Go Diving
Right after settling down at our rooms, we immediately went to Coron Divers. Coron Divers, the dive shop where we’ll all get out licenses. Arni, our instructor, taught us amazingly well! He told me I didn’t have to do the skills my sister and aunt were going to do, but I told him I wanted to join. So it felt kind of like a refresher course interspersed with my own advanced diving training.
First things first, though. My companions needed to watch PADI training videos before even going into the water. The video talked about the basics of SCUBA, equipment, buoyancy, and the like. Finally, we are ready to go underwater!
Underwater Mermaid Adventure
We rode a boat to get to the first diving spot. Our instructor taught us how to properly check and assemble our gear,and we needed to assemble the gear perfectly before we ere allowed to wear it. Once in the water, we stayed in a chest deep area for a while to learn the basic SCUBA skills for Open Water divers. Our instructor would demonstrate how to do it and we should be able to copy. If we make a mistake during the skill, we would have to do it over again. Technically, I didn’t have to do any of the skills anymore, but I took that opportunity to refresh my memory.
After the skills, we took our time to dive around the enchanting coral reefs in the area. It was always beautiful underwater and I don’t think I ever will get tired of it. Something about being underwater is very relaxing for me.
Food Among Everything Else
A few dives after, we got out of the water to enjoy a very heavy merienda. It was supposed to be our lunch but we already ate lunch before going to the boat. Oh dear Poseidon. The lunch was amazing. I don’t know if we were just tired and hungry, but wow. The food tasted so good. We had crabs, fish, lato, and shells. It was part of the package for the dive.
We dove again after a bit of rest and a lot of food. There were more skills to (re)learn and more dive sites to visit. In all, for that day we had been underwater for a total of 3 hours. It was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time.
We got back to the hotel and didn’t want to move. My sister and I did buy shakes just to keep our energies up. It didn’t really work for me because I slept right when my head hit the pillow.
Stay tuned on how the second day diving and everything else went!
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