Diving in the Red Sea

Alexandra on her way back from diving

(Alex) Finally after months of pool sessions and class work, it is time for our open water diving certification. First we ride camels to the dive spot. The camels carry all our tanks and all our gear and even my Dad. Then, getting geared up is the challenge, making sure your wet suit fits, the regulator is screwed in tightly, and is easy to breath with. When you are done, you are ready. Then, you submerge into the Red Sea.

I was excited to finally be able to dive. After our bad experience back home on the Cape, I knew this was going to be much easier. The water in the Red Sea was perfect for my situation. At home, the water was murky, with sand and dirt floating everywhere, freezing cold, and impossible to see. Here, the water is warm, clear and with of fish everywhere you look. Perfect.

Nemo's Mom protecting the kids in the anemone

Finally, we submerged into the water. Leaving all thoughts and problems behind. Nothing but breathing matters in the water. Breathe in; breathe out; bubbles of all shapes and sizes are released in one exhale. Fish all around you; the varieties of colors and sizes are amazing. Nemos (clown fish), sergeant majors, stone fish, scorpion fish, puffer fish, lion fish, angel fish, wrasses, peppered eels. It was beautiful. Thousands of fish all around you, some not even knowing that you are right there.

The Red Sea. One of the best diving places in the world. I can’t imagine what the other dive locations are going to be like. I know they will be great, but I will never forget my first dives in the Red Sea.

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3 Responses to “Diving in the Red Sea”

  1. Hi Alex. You see…..all your previous input, training, practices and hard work has come to fruition and you had a great dive! Similarly your school work will bear fruits one day.
    Could you work out a food pyramid for the wonderful marine life which you discovered beneath the surface?
    Have fun exploring.

  2. ALEX!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS AWESOME! glad to know you finally were certified… funny i remember hearing that exact story “i will be fine in egypt, the water is warm clear and fish everywhere” at the dedham club this summer when you were STILL HERE! good times with ya alex. the fish sound sooo cool. I WILL EMAIL YOU ALL THE TIME! GLAD THINGS ARE GOING WELL 🙂

    give your family my best 🙂

  3. Steph Van Riet :) 03. Oct, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    THATS SOOOO COOL!!!! MUHHH GAWDDD that trip seems soo fun!!! 8th grade is basically just like 7th… you aren’t missing a thing!!! i got your postcard with the lioness… heehee i loved it <3! cant wait until you return!!!
    xoxoxoxo 🙂
    (by the way this website is pretty snazzy!!!)