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Nha Trang and How I Remembered That I Love Diving

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I inserted the regulator into my mouth and pulled the mask over eyes. I took a wobbly step towards the edge of the boat. I felt heavy and cumbersome as I looked down and then jumped off from the edge. I felt the cold water rush to surround me as I plunged into it. A few seconds later I resurfaced. So there I was, floating.

It was three years since my last dive, so I was taking it easy. We released most of the air from our vests and sunk into the fairly clear water. Some descended more elegantly and me, well, more looking like I was trying to learn to fly underwater.

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We found ourselves a little sand patch amidst the corals and settled down. I did a few basic exercises with the dive master to check my skills. You know, clearing your mask, finding and clearing the regulator, stretching and so on.

It was all pretty easy. Funny how quickly it all comes back once you are under water; all the signs and everything. I used a few minutes to get my buoyancy to work ok, and then we were off deeper to look at the corals and the fish. It really is like riding a bike. Except the bike is on your back and there is no road, but you know.

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It might not be the clearest water in south East Asia, and you don’ have any big fish like sharks or rays or anything like that. But $40 for two dives, it’s pretty awesome. The water is clear enough. And you have plenty of corals and colourful fish.

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For a second dive we moved a little closer to a different island, and swam some fifty meters from the boat before diving. We dived thru three different swim troughs, which were awesome; especially the second one, which was absolutely packed with fish. The air bubbles from our regulators got stuck in the roof of the cave, creating an underwater mirror, where you could see yourself reflecting.

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So I remembered how much I love diving. I don’t really know why I haven’t dived for so many years, but I know I need to do more of it soon!