✧ Can you spot the people climbing up the red summit crater?! 😉 And yes, this is ‘Mount Doom’!
✧ We have other exciting news today though! I’ve just completed my PADI Open Water Diver course, and Taylor’s finished his Advanced Open Water course! Can I get a HELL YES! 🙌
✧ HAVE YOU EVER SCUBA DIVED? Let me know what you think of it in the comments below! If you’re curious about it but deep down a little scared, you should read my experience below. 😉
✧ I’ll be completely honest here: I didn’t know if I could do it. While Taylor is a fish, I am... the total opposite of that. 😂 Generally fearful of the ocean and don’t go underwater without sputtering and coming back up quickly. I did an intro dive in Australia, and it was rushed to be honest — my ears were having trouble popping, and that hurt! But... this time, I took it nice and slow. Our first day was in the pool, learning a bunch of skills and getting used to breathing underwater. At first, I felt that bit of panic: “Oh god, what have I gotten myself into...” but stuck with it — and found myself actually enjoying it by the end of the day! I started instead to think of it as meditative, and moved my mindset away from fear to calmness. Now I’ve completed four dives in the ocean (up to 18m, and for about 35-45min each), and loved all of them! I want to go back for my advanced certificate as well. I couldn’t have done this without @bansdivingresort
in Ko Tao, Thailand. My instructors, Lianne & Kelly, were nothing short of amazing. Patient, calm, and made sure I was comfortable every step of the way. Endlessly grateful and excited to explore my new fishy skills. 🐠