Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Jeju Island: Scuba Diving!


The highlight of the Jeju trip was definately scuba diving.  It is something I never really thought I would try, but when the opportunity was right in front of my face, I couldn't turn it down.  I was a little more scared in the water than I thought I would be.  The breathing was a little difficult for me as I kept getting water in my mouth.  I got a little freaked out and came up for air.  They told me I wasn't clenching my mouth around the regulator enough...so you will see in the photos they took of me below I am trying to seal my mouth around it as much as possible.
On my way out to scuba dive...the bridge behind me was pretty cool.
There were only 7 of us beginners that went to intro scuba diving, 3 getting their diving license, and 2 experienced divers (one of which got hurt and had to go to the hospital).  As far as the rest of the group, most of them climbed Halla (san) Mountain.  We could see Hallasan from our diving spot.
On the way to dive...
We arrived!  We were so surprised to see we were diving off of this rock!
There were several experienced divers diving that day.
You have to spit in your mask really, really, good and rub it around to prevent fogging.  Looks like Caitlin is really inspecting how well she did.
ahhh...we are in the water!
I'm practicing breathing under water.
I believe this is when he said, "ok...let's go."  I said, "what? now.  really...you think I'm ready?  are you sure?"
going down...lol...can you smell fear??  I'm so worried about the breathing...I look like a blowfish!
I survived!  I believe this is me telling everyone how much I couldn't believe how silly I felt for being scared of the breathing.  But really, it was so worth it.  It was so beautiful down there.  The corals were bright pink and purple...the fish were so colorful and traveled in schools.  It was really a diferent life down there.  I really want to try this again.  Now that I know what to expect, I think I will be able to spend my time swimming around to see the fish instead of spending my time figuring out how to breathe.
The instructors gave me some photos they took at our diving spot from the camera they used to take our pictures.
The corals I remember were much brighter than this!

While I was in the water, my new diving friends took some photos of the area with my camera.

Sung was the coolest instructor!  I wish she would have been down in the water with me...
Group photo at the dive shop.  Beautiful day, beautiful dive, beautiful people to share this experience with!


4 comments:

  1. AWESOME Katie!! I read your posts every once in a while and wish I could still be traveling the world. Someday I will again! Make sure you have an awesome time for me. Looks like you're having fun!!

    Bobbi

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  2. Hi!

    Chanced upon your post while researching for dive centres in Jeju.
    May i know the name of the dive centre or any contact details for it?

    Thank you:))

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  3. I'd also like to know the name of the dive center, if you know it! I'm planning a trip to Jeju and this looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Katie would you be able to share the name of the dive center as well?

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