Emily Wu April 2015:
On a long weekend, I travelled to the island paradise of Tioman, and got PADI Open Water certified! And it was totally awe inspiring and wonderful.
I chose Salang, famous for its incredible diving. The water is clear enough to see all the fish under the jetty.
Our instructor was Grahame Massicks, who has been instructing for years. The best part about Grahame is he focuses more on hands on teaching vs. tedious quizzes and tests that PADI emphasises.
We started off assembling the scuba gear and then finally got into the water! Our first day was filled with confined water dives. Breathing through scuba is a truly bizarre sensation, but by the second dive I was totally utterly in love!
The best part about getting certified in Salang is that there is no pool for the closed water dives, so you just do them off the beach. It’s basically like getting all open water dives because you get to see fish and all sorts of wonderful things on every dive!
On the second day the most fun thing was getting to swim underneath the jetty which is filled with these huge schools of fish!
Scuba is total absolute wish fulfilment – being able to breathe underwater. It is the most surreal and serene experience.
The third day we did our final two open water dives, but this time from a boat, which is super fun! I love rolling off the back, it is highly entertaining.
I loved getting PADI certified with Grahame and if you ever have a chance, I definitely recommended it.