It’s been a month since I very excitedly did my first dive with Diving Safaris in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. But we had so much fun, and I had so many extra photos, that I couldn’t resist doing a Daydream of the Week on the experience. We were all so happy to be out on that boat! After a dream girls’ weekend at an amazing out-of-the-way Costa Rica resort, Melissa and I were beyond bubbly to be getting our first taste of diving, through the one-day DSD course. My friend Bobbi Jo had been trying to get me out there for three years (I’m embarrassed to say), and now that I’ve had a taste, I am on such a high that I can’t wait to get down there again and do my full certification. Obviously, it took me three years to buck up and try it, so I knew it wasn’t the easiest thing in the world to learn all that you need to know to safely breathe underwater and be let loose in the ocean. But after my first try, I have even MORE respect for it.
And now I know I can do it!
Lisa, the pro, and newbies Melissa and I — dry and innocent before we had any idea what we were getting into. Lisa was a champ for patiently waiting for us to do our lessons in the pool. Apparently we took way more time than the average beginners!
Our new friend Paul, who took a refresher DSD course even though he was SCUBA-certified. He had no idea he was going to be matched up with us crazy joke-cracking, control freak girls!
Our instructor, Mark… had ZERO idea what to do with us! But in the end, he got me underwater. A saint!
After our lesson in the pool, we learned more hand signals on the boat, including this one for sea turtle. Mark and I ended up not only finding one — but getting to swim behind it for quite some time. It was absolutely beautiful.
Before Melissa or I tried anything, we watched everyone else go in. How Lisa made flipping backwards out of a boat wearing enormous gear, a weird wetsuit, ridiculous mask and flippers graceful, I will never know.
I did it! Embarrassing action shot of me going in, thanks to Dani, our patient captain. They tell me I did the backwards flip, but it all happened so fast I don’t remember!
I still can’t believe I did it!
I was a guest of Diving Safaris, but all opinions are my own.
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