The Gang of Five

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Hard at work!

The Gang of Five, all students in Singapore for an overseas semester from European universities, was originally booked as four, but a friend later decided to join in making the five. Emma Shearman, Edvard Viberg, Daniel Granath, Anna Ahn and Lena Steiner were joined by VIP, from Malaysia, who works in Salang as a snorkeling guide and is an excellent free diver.

In early September 2015, this very international group began the journey to become PADI Open Water Divers.

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Hard corals. Photographer unknown, but what a cool shot!

Despite an inconvenient ferry schedule, dictated by unusually low tides, they all made the journey to and from Singapore within their allotted time frame.

They were joined for the week end by four other friends from uni, who were here to enjoy the other benefits of a break in Salang. They trekked to Monkey Bay, spent a day snorkeling the reefs around Tulai Island, and completed their stay with a round the island day trip!

We got together in the evenings to enjoy the pleasures of company and flavours of the barbeque dinners, which are one of the best ways to eat in Salang. Salang Pusaka’s restaurant is my favourite because unusually they cook the vegetables on the barbie, but we decided to go to Salang Dreams for the final celebrations because of their delicious roasted chickens!

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Water babe. Photo credit Edvard Viberg

A bout of stomach trouble took the gloss of the last day of their trip. One of the non-divers was hit hard while Daniel had to miss the first boat dive, and by then end of the day Anna was not feeling her best.

VIP also had to miss the boat dives because of his other commitments, but he can easily catch up soon since he lives here full time.

Despite the setbacks all skills were mastered and all dives completed by late Sunday afternoon! This group of students actually achieved a high level of diving skill – well beyond the average Open Water Diver – but I didn’t feel that all of them believed it! Try to remember guys that confidence comes with experience and further training! So get wet soon!!

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New Open Water Divers. Photo credit Emma Shearman.

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