Bubble, Bubble. Breathe In. Breathe Out.

Bubble, Bubble, Bubble. Breathe in. Breath out. Bubble, Bubble, Bubble. Breath In. Breath Out. The silence of the bottom of the pool. The weightlessness of our bodies. The bizarre feeling of breathing underwater. The defiance of all common sense. The funny faces and extreme happiness of Chris and most surprisingly myself underwater. Yes that is right. You heard me correctly. This part of the journey that I have so anxiously been dreading for 6 months is actually not that bad.

We arrived in Koh Tao yesterday afternoon, pleasantly surprised to find this island perfect for our liking. Much more relaxed and chilled out than Koh Phangan. Full of small restaurants and bars with the traditional Thai floor seating that allows for a relaxed meal and drinks. We checking into are 3 room guest house, complete with private pool, satellite tv, air conditioning, and prime location. We were instructed that scuba orientation started in 1 hour and we must be in attendance. My stomach twists and turns with pain and fear. We go to the orientation in which we talk and watch a short video. Which all makes me more nervous than before. Chris is great. He tells me I am going to do wonderful and we will support me no matter what. The nervousness is kicked as the orientation ends and I walk outside to find a Buffet BBQ complete with full fresh fish– tuna, mackerel, squid, tiger prawns (8- 10 inches big) and everything under the sun. We dine with extravagance for 560 Bht.

This morning we woke to head to the classroom for a learning session, some quizzes, and training. The afternoon was spent in the pool underwater learning the essential skill of diving. As I said before –Bubble, Bubble, Bubble. Breathe in. Breath out. Bubble, Bubble, Bubble. Breath In. Breath Out. The silence of the bottom of the pool. The weightlessness of our bodies. The bizarre feeling of breathing underwater. The defiance of all common sense. The funny faces and extreme happiness of Chris and most surprisingly myself underwater. It was defiantly nerve racking and difficult, but rewarding.

Tomorrow we are off to a shallow bay for our of 6 open water dives. We will spend the afternoon diving perhaps 5 to 6 meters surrounded by underwater life and excitement.

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