Scuba Diving at The Great Barrier Reef Anyone?

As I mentioned in a previous post about Hamish, my son, Tom, who is here on holiday, was off to Cairns for a week on a diving course.

Today he got back. He has completed his six day course, four days of which were spent at sea. He did 14 dives and hit a maximum depth of around 30 metres. He is now qualified to go diving at that depth without an instructor. But of course, not alone. (Who would?)

He loved it and wants to come back and qualify as a Dive Master and then a Diving Instructor. He’ll need to complete another 46 dives to do that.

He hired an underwater camera and took 367 photographs. Here’s 20 of them. So stick your goggles on and lets go scuba diving. Come on!

Leaving a Dull Cairns Harbour

Leaving a Dull Cairns Harbour

Heading Out to Sea

Heading Out to Sea

Getting Brighter

Getting Brighter

First Glimpse

First Glimpse

Sunset at Sea

Sunset at Sea

Diving

Diving

Pretty

Pretty

More Pretty

More Pretty

A Brain?

A Brain?

A Fish

A Fish

A Scenic View

A Scenic View

Spiky Thing

Spiky Thing

Pretty Fish

Pretty Fish

Is That Someones Head?

Is That Someones Head?

A Bunch of Fingers?

A Bunch of Fingers?

Ah - That's Tom

Ah - That's Tom

A Moray Eel

A Moray Eel

Some Blue Chromis

Some Blue Chromis

Elephant Ear Coral

Elephant Ear Coral

 A Parrot Fish

A Parrot Fish

It appears Tom is falling in love with Australia too.

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  • BobinOz February 7, 2010, 2:47 pm | Link

    Well you are right, it’s not the same as being there. Do you actually live in Cairns? Maybe you could do a review for the membership area? Contact me if you are interested and I’ll let you know more about it.

  • David February 4, 2010, 4:44 pm | Link

    Sure, would be happy to send you a few snaps… Though a warning, after a while, the reef all looks the same in photos, just not the same as being there…. sigh….

    I also had visions of becoming an instructor, perhaps travelling and teaching, but it would have been a long hard slog, and lot of cash, so I never took it any further.

  • BobinOz February 3, 2010, 7:46 pm | Link

    Hi David

    Well, unlike you, my son changes his mind with the wind. All with good intentions, it’s just that he wants to do so much. When he was in Cairns, he loved it, still does, and wants to be a diver. But he also wants to travel the world before coming to Australia.

    But he is back here right now on another holiday. He’s been to Sydney, loves it and wants to live there. Been to New Zealand, loves it and wants to live there.

    And he still loves Cairns and wants to be a dive master. We’ll see.

    Never thought to touch up those pics, I thought that was the right colour. Never mind. Hey, you could always send me some of yours!

  • David February 3, 2010, 10:02 am | Link

    The first time I came to Oz I went up to N. Queensland and snorkelled, and thought I’d love to be able to dive into the clear water with the fish. My goal was to go back to the Barrier Reef and learn to dive.

    7 years on, and that’s exactly what I did when I moved over here – I took a course in scuba diving in Cairns, and became a qualified diver.

    Ok, so my wife can’t dive (the pressure is too painful on her ears) so I ended up not taking it up as a hobby since I’d wanted her to be my diving buddy, but it was an experience I’ll never forget.

    Oh, and you might want to (if you haven’t already) run your photos through a touch-up program (something like picasa) which will correct the colour balance of your photos, and take the blue-green tint off. Some cameras have an underwater setting now that does the same thing.

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