Shan, Yang, Jashen and Thay
Shan, Yang, Jashen and Thay were four friends who came to Salang in mid-June to take their PADI Open Water diving certificate. It was really good to see this group supporting each other as they completed their skills and became more comfortable under water. Needless to say, the buddy system worked really well with this group.
They could all swim and had prepared for their course by doing some research on the net. So no watching PADI DVDs and studying the manual while on holiday for them!
We explored the northern part of Salang Bay during their confined water training and the first two open water dives. On the last day we headed out on the boat for their third and fourth dives. We went to two of the best dive sites that Tioman has to offer. The weather was good, the sea was calm, and the marine life was there in abundance.
Well done guys – come back and visit us again soon!!
Para and Charlie
The month was finished off by Para and Charlie who also came over to take their Open Water course.
We did their confined water training and the first two of the open water dives in the south of the bay. These guys were blown away by the sheer number of fish that live under Salang Jetty! With glass fish at the surface, immature snappers below them and then adult snappers below them they literally cut out the sunlight!
I love taking new divers, and experienced ones too under the jetty. To be surrounded three hundred and sixty degrees by a dense school of fish is a thrill I never tire of and one I love to share with all who visit Salang.
These guys were unique in my fifteen years of teaching diving here! They were in no rush at all. Instead they just wanted to visit the water once a day. So we generally started the day around 10.00 am and completed before 2.00 pm, and so they had a very enjoyable five days here! It was so nice to teach at such a gentle pace and to be able to take our time to relax and enjoy!
Great decision guys and congratulations on achieving your goals!!