My first scuba diving experience is from the tropical waters of the Arabian Sea. A popular hotspot for scuba diving in coastal India at Netrani Island. It is off the coast of Murudeshwara in Karnataka, famous for the colossal statue of Lord Shiva on its beach. The island takes approximately an hour to reach on a motorboat at a moderate speed.
This rocky island is uninhabited and there is a plethora of native plants growing on it. The island has many varieties of corals, butterfly fish, trigger fish, parrot fish, shrimps and eels.
Our scuba diving group met at a hotel to learn the basics of scuba diving. Over there, our instructor taught us how to breathe using the underwater breathing apparatus.
I, being a non-swimmer found it difficult to balance myself in water with the bulky scuba gear and the most challenging part was when I was supposed to breathe through my mouth. In the 30 minutes of training, we learnt about increased water pressure and safe diving practices.