01 Mars 2013
Dive site : The Wrecks - Tahiti
Date : February 15th, 2013 - 10:30am
Editor : William - TOPDIVE
Divemaster : Franck CHASBOEUF
Companions : 3 tahitian beginners
Arriving at the TOPDIVE Tahiti dive center at 10:00am, I was feeling excited and curious. Today, I scheduled my introductory dive. I was looking forward to this new underwater experience. For my first dive, I was lucky to be guided by Franck, the dive center manager. After sizing my gear, I met up with three other beginners in the same dive group.
We took off at 10:30 on the diveboat "Tore Tore" that took us to the wrecks dive site. This dive site is well known by local divers because it has three wrecks all in one place: a submerged boat, a small plane in an area of 10m, and another boat, that was much deeper. These wrecks offer a perfect haven for fish so, our dive promised to be an interesting one.
Arriving on site after about a ten minute boat ride, we donned our “frogmen suits”. In the meantime, Frank briefed us on dive safety procedures. I felt a little nervous when we got into the water. As I descended by the boat ladder, I gradually felt my tank getting lighter. I was slowly pulled down in shallow depths by my own weight…feeling like an astronaut in space. Weightless and free !
Franck held me as we started the dive to keep me from floating away. I felt nervous and a feeling of claustrophobia almost overwhelmed me at one point. But with the assurance of my divemaster, I calmed down and focused on the dive. After a few minutes, I felt more comfortable. I calmed my breathing – getting used to this different air source.
Moving forward with my fins helped and kept my mind off this weird feeling. After a few moments, I was getting the hang of it and actually beginning to enjoy the underwater feeling. I found this site really perfect for this kind of dive. We hit directly on a sandy bottom where we saw the wrecks a few meters away. As we progressed, we were quickly greeted by a multitude of small fish. Franck brought out some bits of bread he brought along in his dive jacket and the fish welcomed this. It was magical…
We observed lots of Triggerfish, Surgeonfish and yellow-margined snappers. There were also many Whiteblotch Damselfish and Banded Sergeants swimming around me, not to mention the famous clownfish who honored our brief visit. I discovered a little world living hidden in the surrounding corals... the colors were amazing!!
After moving above the corals to « fly » over the wrecks, we were unconsciously thinking about how these wrecks got there. Visibility was perfect that morning. The rays of sunlight pierced the ocean surface producing a beautiful bright mirage.
No big fish sightings today!! Anyway, I wasn’t expecting to see any sharks during my first dive. Needless to say that the magic worked for these thirty underwater minutes. Back on the boat, I felt the urge to come back for more. This was the first step… Hope to see you soon for my next underwater adventure !