John Cox was my next student to arrive in Salang. John and I have been friends for over twenty years and last year he decided to take the plunge and get into diving by achieving his Open Water certification. This year he wanted to come back and up his game by taking the Advanced course.
After a day to recover from the journey from the UK we went in the water to refresh his skills and have some fun. The day after Myriam and Markus from Germany joined us to make a nice little group for the PADI Advanced Diver course.
John is a very sociable guy and luckily for all so were Myriam and Markus and everyone got along well. The social aspect of diving is a big part of its attraction. You get to meet people from all over the world, from all sorts of backgrounds, of all ages who share this common fascination for the underwater world.
I know that on a personal level this social aspect is a huge plus for me as an instructor. People stop of on Tioman for week end breaks, as part of a longer holiday, as a segment of a once in a lifetime tour and even as they emigrate from one part of the world to another. All with their own stories to tell, but united by diving!
Conditions were not perfect but they had begun to settle down from the difficulties we had earlier in the season. We had five great dives, at a variety of dive sites and decided to celebrate with a special dinner at Salang Dreams Restaurant.
Before this group had split up to move on Scott from Australia arrived to take his Open Water course with me. He got to meet the guys before Myriam and Markus headed over to the other side of Tioman to visit the only resort on the east coast at Juara.
Scott’s course was very unusual. Sadly, it was not the fun that he was looking for and this surprised both of us. He managed to learn all the skills without much trouble and the same went for the academic module, but somehow he could never seem to ‘settle’ underwater and really enjoy the experience. He did attain the necessary competence for me to be able to certify him in good conscience, but when we discussed it later neither of us know if he will ever dive again.
As I frequently say – just about anyone can learn to dive, but diving is not for everyone. Give it at least one more try Scott – just to be sure!Open Water Course Info