Cum am invins teama de scuba diving / How I overcame my fear of scuba diving

This post is available in English too. Please scroll to the end of the post, under the romanian version and find it there. 

Suntem in cautarea vacantei perfecte, poate unii impachetati deja pentru destinatii de poveste, pentru ca vremea este din ce in ce mai placuta, iar ofertele din partea agentiilor si nu numai, sunt coplesitoare 🙂 Eu incerc sa gasesc resursele necesare sa ma intorc cu gandul la vacanta mea din Thailanda si sa continui sirul povestirilor. In postarea anterioara, va vorbeam despre faptul ca ne aflam in plina sarbatoare a Anului Nou Thailandez: bataie generala cu apa, dansuri in strada, muzica, distractie, tinerete.

Tinerete?!?! Pai daca tot urma sa schimb prefixul peste cateva ore, sotul meu si-a accentuat dorinta de a incerca o noutate (in Thailanda avea multe optiuni in aceasta idee, dar nu toate ii erau permise 🙂

Asa se face ca imi spune foarte sigur pe el ca maine va merge la scuba diving, moment in care eu intru in fibrilatii: asta imi doresc sa fac inca de cand m-am nascut, dar nu cred ca voi putea!!! Au urmat 10 minute de ganduri confuze, toate plecand de la chinurile indurate la snorkeling. Scuba diving e prea mult. Nu!!! Mai bine stau la plaja toata ziua, si fac masaje. Cand el a terminat de completat formularul prin care isi asuma riscurile  m-am hotarat: merg si eu. A urmat declaratia pe proprie raspundere, asumarea riscului suprem dar, ce conteaza? Maine ma voi simti mai batrana cu un an, asa ca, sa profit din plin de tineretea mea 🙂 Asadar, maine vom face scuba diving, sau macar vom incerca asta 🙂

Cu gandul la apele adanci de maine, am cautat relaxarea unui apus romantic in Ao Nang, pe plaja cu maimute. Drumul pana la ele a fost presarat cu multe nuci de cocos 🙂

Spre deliciul celor care le cautau, maimutele au fost amuzante si usor cam agitate. Chiar am vazut cand una din ele i-a smuls sacosa din mana unei fete care s-a speriat teribil si a inceput sa tipe. In schimb, maimuta a scotocit dupa mancare si chiar a gasit Pringles, asa ca am surprins asta:

Foarte prietenoase si obisnuite cu oamenii din jurul lor, maimutele mergeau pe aceiasi poteca la fel ca noi:

Un mascul mi-a atras atentia – era cam obraznic:

In zona vietuiesc si niste caini a caror misiune era sa tina la distanta micile vietuitoare. Si chiar reuseau:

Inainte sa plecam la hotel, am admirat un alt apus senzational:

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Adormim tarziu, visand la scuba diving. Maine…

Iata-ne mergand in largul marii cu un vapor ce avea sa ne duca intr-o locatie superba, numai buna de vazut vietatile marine in mediul lor. Inutil sa va mai spun ca tot drumul am fost ca si anesteziata.

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M-au incercat tot felul de ganduri, care de care mai ciudate si mai sumbre. Ma gandeam cand mi-am vazut ultima oara familia, cum ar reactiona ai mei daca… in fine, nici o problema, pot abandona, voi sta pe punte si voi astepta sa se ridice din apa cei curajosi, sa-mi povesteasca… 🙂 Eu nu am rau de mare dar atunci am simtit brusc nevoia de a lua o pastila exact cand am ajuns deci as fi luat-o degeaba… in fine… am ajuns. Apa era calda si avea o culoare incredibila.

Pentru ca era prima oara cand faceam scuba diving, am avut un instructor, cel mai calm din viata, caruia i-am pus atatea intrebari, mi-a dat atatea explicatii tot drumul pana in Phi Phi Island unde urma sa facem scuba diving, iar cand am ajuns acolo nu mai stiam nimic. L-am rugat doar sa ma tina de mana tot timpul. Nu stiu cand m-am trezit asa:

Numai ca socoteala de acasa nu se pupa cu cea din targ, iar pentru mine totul era mult prea complicat. Spaima mea cea mai mare era legata de saritura de pe vapor si sa nu inghit apa. Am incercat sa conving instructorul sa cobor pe scara direct in mare dar el a ramas inert. Rand pe rand au sarit toti, acesta fiind scopul pentru care erau acolo 🙂 Eu am ramas ultima, cu instructorul pe marginea puntii, cu multe kilograme pe mine, cu o vesta umflata care sa ma salveze de la o moarte ce mi se parea previzibila atunci, cu toate tuburile in gura si …cu o sete infernala. Am cerut apa, cu o voce stinsa, tot scotand tubul de respirat din gura, dar nimeni nu era preocupat de asta. Dimpotriva, instructorul ma ruga sa sar, ca senzatia de sete este doar de la emotii. Toti cei din grup pluteau ca niste nuferi la suprafata apei si, unul cate unul, coborau in adancuri. Am vrut sa renunt, dar as fi fost cea mai slaba din grup. Am inchis ochii si am sarit!!!! Cum nu se poate mai prost!!! Fara masca bine fixata, fara tub tinut in gura corespunzator, pentru ca le tot miscasem anterior, aveam apa in stomac, in nas, in gura si doar vesta umflata la maximum m-a adus la suprafata. Nu mai vedeam pe nimeni in jur, nici macar sotul meu nu era prin zona, desi el spune ca a fost langa mine tot timpul:)A fost momentul in care am vrut sa ies din apa si sa astept pana se termina totul. Dar, asa cum spunea si instructorul, totul se intampla in mintea mea, nu reuseam sa ma relaxez si eram foarte speriata. Evident, acum mi se pare ca exagerez, dar asta am simtit atunci.

A mai urmat un pas, acela de a reusi, dupa o munca indelungata, sa reproduc gesturile pe care mi le arata instructorul, un fel de tehnici de supravietuire in cazuri de urgenta. Toate acestea fiind rezolvate, am coborat din ce in ce mai adanc.

Trebuie sa spun ca din acel moment am fost foarte relaxata, am reusit sa-mi controlez respiratia si m-am bucurat de tot ce poate oferi marea mai frumos. Am coborat pana pe la 10 metri si a fost o experienta fantastica. Am facut doua coborari de-a lungul zilei, a doua mi s-a parut mai usoara, pragul psihologic fiind deja depasit. Din pacate, desi am avut 2 aparate foto subacvatice performante, nu am reusit sa facem multe poze sau sa filmam, emotiile fiind puternice si pentru sotul meu: a apasat, din greseala, un alt buton decat cel de filmare, rezultatul fiind niste poze facute haotic. Nu-i nimic, data viitoare… pentru ca imi doresc sa repet asta. Acum sunt mandra de mine, ca am dus la capat experienta, cu atat mai mult cu cat sotul meu mi-a spus ca nu credea ca voi reusi 🙂

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Desi a fost foarte greu sa ma mobilizez, va recomand cu caldura sa incercati scuba diving, va ofera senzatii unice, am vazut multi pesti colorati, broaste testoase, arici de mare, serpi, corali deosebiti si alte vietati pe care nu le cunosc 🙂

Cam asa a fost la scuba diving. Va astept data viitoare cu o noua experienta, cea mai frumoasa pentru mine si o sa va povestesc despre modul inedit in care mi-am sarbatorit schimbarea prefixului – cea mai frumoasa zi din aceasta vacanta 🙂

Pana atunci, toate bune!

[…Eng…]

How I overcame my fear of scuba diving – My holiday in Thailand – 5

We are looking for the perfect holiday, maybe some of you are already packing for story destinations, because the weather is getting better and offers from travel agencies and other than these are overwhelming. I try to find the resources to come back with the thought to my vacation in Thailand and continue the stories.

In the previous post, I was talking about celebrating the Thai New Year’s Day: general water fight, street dances, music, fun, youth.

Youth?!?! Well, if I was to celebrate my birthday in a few hours, my husband had a strong desire to try a novelty (in Thailand he had many options, but not all of them were allowed).

So my hubby tells me very confident in himself that tomorrow he is going to scuba diving, when my heart goes into fibrillation: that’s what I want to do since I was born but I thought I wasn’t able to!!! There were 10 minutes of confused thoughts; all starting from snorkelling pains. Scuba diving is too much. No!!! Better I lay in the sun at the beach all day and have massages. When he finished completing the risk-taking form, I decided: I’m going. It followed the statement on own responsibility, taking the ultimate risk, but what does it matter? Tomorrow I feel a year older, so I’ll take advantage of my youth. So tomorrow we will do scuba diving, or at least we will try it.

Thinking of the deep waters of tomorrow, I searched for the relaxation of a romantic sunset in Ao Nang, on the beach with monkeys. The road to them was sprinkled with many coconuts.

To the delight of those who were looking for, the monkeys were funny and slightly agitated. I even saw one of them snatching the sack from the hand of a girl who was terribly scared and started screaming. Instead, the monkey searched for food and it even found Pringles, so I took this:

Very friendly and accustomed to the people around them, monkeys walked the same path as we did:

A male caught my attention – it was kind of naughty. In the area some dogs were living whose mission was to keep the small living animals away. And they really succeeded. Before we went to the hotel, we admired another sensational sunset. We fall asleep late, dreaming of scuba diving. Tomorrow…

Here we are going off the sea with a boat that would take us to a superb location, only good to see marine life in their environment. Needless to tell you I was anesthetized all the way.

All kinds of thoughts rushed through my head, stranger and gloomier. I was thinking when I last saw my family, how my family would react if … well, no problem, I can abandon it, I will stand on the deck and I will wait for the braver ones to rise from the water and tell me … I don’t have bad sea but right then I suddenly felt the need to take a pill exactly when I arrived, so I would have taken it for nothing … finally … I arrived. The water was warm and had an incredible color.

Because it was the first time I was doing scuba diving, I had an instructor, the calmest in my life whom I asked so many questions and he gave me so many explanations all the way to Phi Phi Island where we were going to do scuba diving. When I got there, I didn’t know a thing. I just asked him to hold my hand all the time. I don’t know when I woke up like this:

Only that the home account does not slam with the one in the fair, and for me everything was too complicated. My biggest fear was jumping off the boat and not swallow water. I tried to convince the instructor to descend the ladder directly into the sea but he remained inert. Every one of them jumped off as that was the purpose for which they were there. I was the last one, with the instructor on the edge of the deck, with many pounds on me, with an inflated vest to save me from a death that seemed to me to be predictable. Then with all the tubes in my mouth and … with an infernal thirst I asked for water with a low voice, still pulling the breathing tube out of my mouth, but no one was concerned about it.

On the contrary, the instructor asked me to jump, as the feeling of thirst is just from emotion. All of the group floated like water lilies and, one by one, descended into the depths. I wanted to quit, but I would have been the weakest in the group. I closed my eyes and jumped!!!! It couldn’t have been worse!!! Without a well-fixed mask, without a right tube in the mouth, because I had moved them before, I had water in my stomach, in my nose, in my mouth, and only the swollen vest brought me to the surface. I saw no one around; even my husband was not in the area, although he says he was next to me all the time. It was the moment I wanted to get out of the water and wait until it was over. But, as the instructor said, everything was happening in my mind, I could not relax and I was very scared. Obviously, now it seems to me to be exaggerating, but that’s what I felt then.

There was another step, to succeed after a long work, to reproduce the gestures the instructor showed me, some kind of survival techniques in emergency situations. All this being solved, we descended deeper and deeper.

I have to say that from that moment on I was very relaxed, I managed to control my breathing and I enjoyed everything the sea could offer the most beautiful. I went down to 10 meters and it was a fantastic experience. I made two descents throughout the day, the second seemed easier, the psychological threshold being already passed. Unfortunately, although we had two underwater performance cameras, we didn’t manage to take a lot of pictures or shooting, my husband being very emotional, too: he accidentally pressed another button than movie, the result being some chaotic taken pictures. That’s no problem, there will be next time … because I want to repeat this. Now I am proud of myself, that I ended the experience, especially since my husband told me that he didn’t think I would succeed.

Although it was very difficult to mobilize, I strongly recommend you try scuba diving, it gives you unique sensations, I saw many colorful fish, turtles, sea urchins, snakes, special corals and other creatures that I do not know.

That’s how it was at scuba diving. I’m waiting for you next time with a new experience, the most beautiful one for me and I’ll tell you about the original way in which I celebrated my birthday – the most beautiful day of this holiday.

Until then, all the best!

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6 thoughts on “Cum am invins teama de scuba diving / How I overcame my fear of scuba diving

  1. Vai de capu’ meu, Mirela, ce curajoasa ai fost, cu toata frica, spaima si inceputul stangaci, ai reusit! Am trait cu tine emotia, asa ce bine m-ai introdus in poveste, parca aveam si eu apa sarata in gura. :)) Eu… n-as putea sa fac asta, sunt o gaina si recunosc, prefer sa raman pe uscat cum s-ar spune.
    xo

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    1. Multumesc de aprecieri, Mihaela, am fost foarte ambitioasa, nu am putut accepta ca doar eu nu pot face asta, in plus…nu a murit nimeni din cei care au facut asta inaintea mea:) Si eu chiar vroiam sa fac scuba, inainte ma uitam la filmulete 3D cu minunatiile din apa si asteptam sa vina ziua in care sa incerc si eu. Dar chiar a fost foarte dificil, mai ales ca mi-e frica de sarituri in apa. Chiar daca am facut asta si, sigur, voi repeta experienta, nu imi va placea niciodata sa fac sarituri in apa, la fel cum nu imi place sa zbor cu avionul, dar zbor destul de des:)
      Daca te hotarasti sa incerci, te pot consilia:)

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  2. Ooo, ce vacanta de vis, pozele tale sunt minunate, visez deja cu ochii deschisi, sper din suflet sa ajung si eu acolo in viitor. Cat despre experienta ta, sa stii ca ai fost extrem de curajoasa, citeam fragmentul acela in care povestesti despre frica si emotiile tale si m-am simtit ca si cum le-as fi redactat eu, sunt absolut convinsa ca daca, prin nu stiu ce miracol, as avea curaj sa iau hotararea de a plonja in adancuri, la fel m-asi comporta si eu. Oricum, te felicit pentru curaj, numai cineva caruia ii este atat de frica sa iasa din zona de confort, poate intelege exact ceea ce ai simtit tu acolo si fericirea ulterioara, dupa reusita…. 🙂

    P.S M-a amuzat tare ”maimutelul” acela obraznic :))))

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    1. Multumesc mult de tot:) Iti doresc din toata inima sa mergi in Thailanda, crede-ma, nici eu nu speram sa ajung vreodata desi imi doream foarte mult. Dar acum, ca am fost acolo, pot spune ca este o destinatie accesibila, nu este ieftina, dar nici exagerat de costisitoare. Daca iti doresti foarte mult, sigur vei ajunge acolo:) Cat despre curajul meu…nu-mi explic nici acum de ce am reusit sa fac asta, pentru ca eu sunt foarte fricoasa de locuri si gesturi pe care nu le stapanesc, iar daca spun NU…pai NU ramane:) Doar ca aici nu am spus NU, am spus doar ca vreau sa fac asta, dar ca nu stiu daca voi putea, dar in sufletul meu stiam ca pot si asta pentru ca imi doream enorm sa ajung pe fundul marii:) Si a fost S-P-L-E-N-D-I-D 🙂 Trebuie sa recunosc ca sotul meu si instructorul au avut un rol important in hotararea mea, ambii avand foarte multa rabdare cu mine:)

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    1. Daca imi amintesc bine, a fost cam 150 de euro de persoana, am avut doua scufundari, aproape de Maya Bay, mancare, sucuri, apa si fructe pe vapor.

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