Yeah, I’ve dreamt about it but it usually doesn’t end well.
I think an unhealthy fear of the creatures of the deep has caused me to put off this bucket list item for quite some time.
If it wasn’t for Brad, I probably would never have ‘found the time’ (aka would have bothered) to do it.
After a little bit of research, talking to those in the know and getting the best bang for our buck without sacrificing our safety we decided to do our Padi Open Water dive course with Kirra Dive.
A pretty bad 1970s Padi video and some homework later we were in the classroom learning the critical steps that would keep us alive under the surface.
Next step, we packed for the pool.
For those not too comfortable with the open water this is the perfect place to practice your breathing techniques and to get all your freak moments out of the way.
Having dived before Brad and I were itching to get to the next location, the Tweed River.
The instructions were pretty straight forward, following everything our guides taught us.
We were actually meant to finish our course diving Cook Island Nature Reserve off the coast but bad weather and poor visibiliity prevented this so we had to settle for another Tweed River dive.
We were surprised with how much marine life is in the Tweed River and were happy to finally get certified!
Kudos to Kirra Dive for giving us credit to dive Cook Island again with them which we took them up on a few months later.
Stoked we saw a couple of green turtles, wobbies, sting rays and a beautiful big manta ray among the marine life.
If it wasn’t for the freezing Antarctic winds when were out of the water, the day would have been perfect.
Check out the video below.
As for my fear of sharks, yeah it’s still there but I take comfort in statistics and quotes.
According to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File you are more likely to be killed by a dog, snake or in a car collision with a deer. You are also 30 times more likely to be killed by lightning and three times more likely to drown at the beach than die from a shark attack.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt