Diving with La Sirena, L'Estartit

Thursday, August 08, 2013

I've got the bug, well and truly. I've got it and I don't see it going away any time soon.

I've got the diving bug.

Last summer I took advantage of one of the many perks of working for such a great company and completed my PADI open water dive course. The course takes 4-5 days and involves 3 pool dives and 3-4 sea dives as well as an exam. Honestly, before I began I wasn't sure of diving was going to be for me...I was worried about claustophobia, leaky masks and the huge amount of effort one dive entails (lazy Ellie). The first time I had to remove my mask underwater and put it back on I began to worry some more. But push through these short exercises and a world of fun and adrenaline awaits you.

This summer I've had much more of a chance to explore the Medes Islands, which are what make L'Estartit one of the best places in Europe for snorkelling and diving. At least two mornings a week I drag myself out of bed at 7:30am to spend 20 minutes fruitlessly trying to drag on a dry wetsuit on a boat rocking along on it's path towards the islands. Probably with my tank rolling along the boat and one fin half hanging in the sea as well. Luckily for me, my colleagues are the most patient dive masters and instructors you'll find in L'Estartit and they don't even laugh at me (too much) if I jump in the water with my bottle closed.

Step by step though, the young padwan is improving. I'm currently attempting the Advanced Openwater course and though my bouyancy still leaves a lot to be desired I am learning about navigating under water using natural references and also going to deeper and deeper depths. I'm very lucky to be going out a lot alone with a Divemaster to myself or with just one buddy which means I get lots of chances to practise my technique and learn about the islands themselves.

If you come to L'Estartit, you have to try it! And if you have your PADI already, head to Delfi diving site...you get to tickle a dolfin...kind of.

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