Look at me! Already armored up in a real tight steamer wetsuit. FYI, water conducts heat from the divers 25 times better than air, which can lead to hypothermia even in mild water temperatures. Comprehend it or not, wetsuit / drysuit is a must when scuba diving in order to protect our bodies from heat loss as well as skin cuts and grazes by rough or sharp underwater objects.
Destination of the day: Wave Break Island.
My yellow swimfins aka flippers.
Carlos, the instructor demonstrating how to put on scuba diving gears and the proper ways to use them.
Weight belts all around our waists now. They were so heavy that I could barely stand up and walk.
That guys in blue shirt (the one who stood behind me) helped us to gear up with oxygen tank, BC (buoyancy compensator), and every other things that required.
Before we jumped into the water, I was told to press and hold the mask and regulator with my right hand, and place my left hand right on the waist belt. Then started counting 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... jump!!!
Phew, that wasn't hard at all Σ=)
Unfortunately, I didn't know that the cameraman was just beside me. I could've posted with a "V"ictory instead of looking silly with my two hands trying to fit the mask nicely on my face. Truth is, the water did seep into my mask, bit by bit from time to time, and I had to sneeze the air out through my nose to get rid of the those excess water. I felt insecure when having the mask on as we could only see the front but not the sides.
A much more thorny black sea cucumber than the one we saw on the Perhentian Island.
Hand feeding the fishes.
There ain't no beautiful corals but just fishes and sands down there, definitely not a good spot to dive or snorkel. (ᵕ.ᵕ)
I was a bit freaked out at first when swimming towards the surface. I made it too quick (was supposed to be done at a slow pace) and somehow forgot which button to inflate the BC. Within seconds, I sank down to the bottom, panicking a little bit (cause of the pressure in my both ears, it hurts like needles poking into your skin, except no blood came out). Once again, I was under the water, resumed breathing using the regulator, in and out, in and out... I took a deep breath and eventually made it to the surface and inflated the BC correctly this time *clap clap*
Me and my BB, the two proud scuba dive beginners and our instructor.
Everyone did a great job, especially my BB! ᵔ.ᵔ I remember the last time we went snorkeling together, he turned out vomiting on the boat and his face gone pale as white sheet of paper.