The ocean around Taiwan, there is a variety of marine life surprisingly that you can see.
This sea slug in Taiwan we name it “Pikachu” because of it shape of body.
Especially one of these species which the color is almost same like Pikachu.
It’s often to see in the south-west coast of Taiwan.
This creature stay in deeper water around 27-30 meter. You should keep watching out your no decompression time and air consumption.
It’s comfortable to dive in south-west coast of Taiwan in winter due to the wind direction and less waves.
Not only sea slug, here it’s able to see green turtles, moray eels, big sea fans, and you might see manta ray or whale shark through if your are super lucky.
If you are looking for nice dive sites in Asia, Taiwan will be one of the list in your pocket for sure.
A young girl and a young boy.
They have very strong friendship which I can see it while we were doing diving course.
I’m sure they will be very good diving buddies.
The 1st day we did confined water in the swimming pool.
They were very different character people.
Joe, is a very lively girl, can’t stop taking, but this is the reason she is so cute.
She is very kind, nice, patient to everyone, everything.
Mark is very quiet. Even you couldn’t see he is scared underwater.
Sometimes he repeat what I was describing about diving skills to them.
I got crazy during 1st open water dive.
They were out of control. They didn’t know what skill I was demonstrating to them even I just briefed to them before entering water.
We were not connecting underwater.😭😭😭
After 30 minutes we came back to shore.
“What happened to you guys?”, I said,
“We don’t know what we have to do”, they said.
“I told you guys have to practice neutral buoyancy skill for the first dive.” I said.
“oh!!” they answered.
I knew that is a common response from beginners at first dive.
We took 40 minutes for surface interval, and I was explaining some other skills what we have to do for second dive. I reminded them to pay attention underwater.
It was surprising, they did every skill correctly at next 3 dives with good neutral buoyancy.
Even though Mark was afraid of water at beginning, but he complete all training with proper body posture underwater.
Ｗe were happy about they were confident about themselves while diving.
They told me, they got tips to stay stable in the water, especially when they saw so many fished surrounding them.
To be a certified diver, you must be controlled by yourself in the water.
Joe and Mark they made it.
Congratulations ! Let’s plan for our next journey in the sea!!!!!!
Ｈow we can do the same as fishes can stay at the level in the sea wherever they want?
To obtain perfect buoyancy in the sea you require not just good Scuba Diving Gears but also the ability to control your breathing while diving.
Our lungs are like balloons while in the water, so there will be positive buoyancy while inhaling air, and negative buoyancy while exhaling air.
There are some factors affecting your buoyancy underwater while diving:
1. How many weights you are carrying?
2. How much air you vent to your buoyancy compensation device?
3. How is the posture of your body underwater?
4. Are you kicking underwater correctly?
5. How do you breath while diving?
Let’s have a look at the following video:
When factors 1-4 are taken care of, the way we breath will be the most important criteria for neutral buoyancy.
Sometimes we are just not breathing normally while staying underwater. We tend to save some air in the lungs, exhaling lesser air to compensate by controlled breathing to remain at the level we want to stay.
It is very interesting that breath by different way between in the water and on the land.
Now give yourself a chance to try new thing. Up and down controlled by your breathing.
Chris is from Austria. He came to Taiwan for visiting his friend.
He never think about he is gonna dive in Taiwan.
But he did it due to his Taiwanese friend is a diver and pushed him to try scuba diving in Kenting where is the best dive spot in Taiwan.
He just wanted to do 1 dive only at beginning, but after that first try, the amazing world shocked him.
Chris said “it was really cool and strange when he was so closed to fishes and stared on each other, the feeling was quiet interesting.”
We all love freedom, you will not like to be controlled of your action even under the see.
Therefore Chris decided to become a diver, a certified diver!!!!!!
To become a diver there are 3 portion should be finished.
But it will not be stressful during the course.
In fact it has a lot of fun while we are doing skills and there are so many fished surrounding us.
A good environment with good condition for beginner to enter the sea is very important.
In Kenting we have several shore diving spots in different side of Taiwan can be choosed depends on the weather. Except Thundering or storm, you can dive here for whole year with nice water temperature.
With Chris we were very lucky, after heavy rain the sun was coming out and smiling, the visibility was also amazing didn’t get any affect by the rain.
In the end, Chris finished all the practical portion completely, also he passed exam with flying colors.
Congraturations , Chris, You did a great job. I’m happy to have this amazing experience dove with you and be your Open Water instructor.
Don’t forget to come back again, there are still many diving spots here we have to explore together. And hope you will have a wonderful journey under the sea.