I’ve been waiting for a very long time now. I always wanted to be able to go underwater, breathe, and enjoy the amazing world that Cambodia ocean has. I’ve snorkel and it was a fabulous experience for me. But this time, it was different. I got to stay underwater and breathe!
As part of the LMRT project, we have to learn how to scuba dive and be certified for the open water dive; so our team took a five days trip to Koh Seh. At there, we did so many exciting activities; our schedule was so packed. We have to start our first activities at seven and go to bed as early as we can, to keep up with the next day. Despite that fact, everybody has a lot of fun and gained a lot of knowledge. The main activities we did at the island were learning skills, practicing scuba diving, and doing the required-test. We divided into two equal teams. One of the team would learn the skills and scuba dive in the morning and spend their afternoon finishing work from school while the other one would do the opposite of that.
When I first put my scuba dive gear on, such as Buoyancy Compensator Device, gas cylinder, and wetsuit, it felt really weird and heavy; it got lighter once I’m in the water though. Being underwater as a scuba diver felt really scary. I have to control my buoyancy, equalize my ear, and continue to breathe. As days went by, I became more comfortable with my skills and enjoy the underwater world more than thinking about myself. By the end of the trip, we know how to navigate underwater, clean our masks underwater, maintain neutral buoyancy and communicate underwater. We also took many tests to qualify ourselves as a diver including: swimming and treading water and SSI course exam. Nonetheless, we evolved into a certified divers!