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Going Down Scuba Diving.

Scuba diving rambles - Going down

Dive group about to go down

Ah, that moment you expel most of the air from your lungs and your body gently sinks beneath the surface of the water to start scuba diving.

It always gets me, no matter how many times I’ve gone underwater before. Gliding down in slow-motion towards the bottom of the ocean. Looking up and watching the dry world swirling away.

Taking in a deep breath to stabilise. Slow blow out. Then it begins. Another scuba diving adventure. Even if I have done the same dive site in the same day, there is always something different to see when going down scuba diving.

Red Sea looking a little orange.

Scuba diving rambles - Red Sea

Red Sea

Spent two weeks on a live-aboard diving the Red Sea. Absolutely mind-blowing. It had been on my places to dive list for many, many years. Totally moved by the experience.

Remember sailing back to the harbour standing on the yacht deck looking out over the Red Sea and thinking if I never dived again it would be absolutely fine. The Red Sea felt like my Mecca dive site.

Scuba Diving Dive Map – Castle Rocks.

Dive Map - Castle Rock, False Bay

Dive Map – Castle Rocks, False Bay

Castle Rocks dive site. The Big Daddy on the False Bay side in the beautiful, but a tad on the nippy side, scuba diving waters of Cape Town, South Africa.

For more dive maps of scuba diving sites take a look at my dive map page.

No Ocean Scuba Diving Today.

Scuba Diving - No dive

Empty ocean scuba diving site entry point.

There’ll be no going down sign given by scuba divers today. Pity. Water looks beautiful. Ocean is very choppy though. Better safe than sorry.

Scuba divers sitting with their legs dangling over the edge of the cliff. Just taking all the surface beauty in. Not a bad place for a scuba diver to be.

Scuba Diving In Pea Soup.

Scuba diving blog 'Scuba diving in pea soup'

Scuba diver in the thick of it

Scuba diving in pea soup is no fun. Promise. Luckily, I had a really great diving instructor who drilled it into us to never, ever panic while scuba diving.

We went down in Bass Lake and it was pea soup deluxe. No other choices on the menu. Couldn’t even see my gloved hand in front of my scuba diving mask. Couldn’t see up. Couldn’t see down.

Kept very close to my scuba diving buddy, almost holding his hand. Yup, I’m not afraid to hold another man’s hand – especially when there is absolutely nothing around you but thickly churned pea soup while scuba diving.

Boxing Boxfish.

Boxfish

Boxfish

As small as this boxfish was, it wasn’t about to take any of my crap. Got a little bored on a dive so decided to break some scuba diving rules and corner this boxfish. Boxfish are supposed to puff-up when stressed and lose their buoyancy and float upwards. This guy, or gal, hadn’t read the manual. It darted straight at my mask, several times, almost cornering me. Certainly won’t try irritating a boxfish again while scuba diving.