Moving over to the infamous east coast of Australia, I kicked it off at Cairns, north of the Queensland state, most famous of course for hosting one of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef. I rendezvoused with my sister here which was a little break, bullying her around and making her cook me food etc. Cairns was quiet this time of year, the weather perfect in temperature. Consistent with Darwin in a way, it was chilled back, clean and with all the topend shops. One thing I found out was that electric barbeques are supplied to the general public here in parks etc, no wonder Aussies are so big into their outdoor booze and meat sessions! There are a nice few clubs in the center of town and of course your token Irish pub aswell (PJ O'Briens). Happened to be there too during the big rugby game, state of origin series (Queensland vs NSW)
Obviously you gotta head to the Great Barrier Reef here so I took a day trip with the Down Under Company. The catamarang type boat zipped out to the reefs where a bit of snorkeling took place first. Again, Im not a huge fan of snorkelling and can never fully relax, although I'm getting a lot better at it. The waves were a little large here causing the water to splash into the air pipe but it was all good. Learned my lesson this time and wore a pair of socks with the flippers as they cut my feet badly in the Philippines. I had a swimsuit on which helps you a float aswell as keeping you warm, it is a must for anyone poor at staying a float in the dreaded H2O!. The coral reefs were good although I reckon not as good as the Philippines. It seemed a little dull at this time of year and it didn't help with the large group of tourists present. I didn't spend too long so I got back to get ready for my discover scuba diving session!
Well this was a real overcoming your fear session. Not only do I hate swimming but the fear of trying to breath underwater too had my legs in jelly. We had a quick briefing by the team on scuba diving, which included equalising sinus pressure, removing water from the mask, basic hand signals and removing the mouth piece underwater. After this it was kitting out time, suits, tanks and enough pipes to service a holiday resort. I was within a group of 5 and we started the session by dropping off at the end of the both, practising hand signals and sensing general comfort with everyone. This was my first taste of breathing underwater and as you can imagine it was scary. You have a habit to hold in the air which you must not do and of course I was hyperventilating. It got a little too much for me and with a quick game of charades with the head diver (i.e, I need to get the f**k back up so I can breath normal air!) I swam back up, whipped off the mask and gulped in some earthly oxygen. Phew. Now usually you are pulled out at this stage, but the guy at the deck urged me to go back down and I knew myself I was gonna have to do it for my own sake. Mask back on and I went back down, luckily I got them in time as they were on the descent to the reef bed.
I held it together and gradually my breathing became a lot shallower and even. We linked arms and swam at the bottom of the reefs (About 10 m down), I seen a lot of fish and beautiful reefs and managed to get a picture (Above) with the underwater camera lady. It was only 20 min, which was probably enough and I could argue that I could see half of what I should of seen purely cos I was in such a foreign environment and I was so focused on my breathing. Either way an amazing experience!
Welcome to the Blog page that keeps you up to date on whats happening in my personal and my music world! Use the search bar below for your convenience if you need to find a particular blog!