It was my first ever dive and what better place than the great barrier reef , world's largest coral reef. I could barely contain my excitement as we set out from Cairns on a cruise to the designated diving point which was about 2 hours from the shore. Sea sickness is quite common and I had to pop a couple of pills (sold on the cruise for a dollar or two) to make sure nothing came in the way.
We were briefed by the experienced divers about the effects of water pressure as we go deeper, instructions to use the diving gear were provided and we practiced the sign language to be used when under water. From my past experience with snorkeling I knew it takes a while to get comfortable with the gears before you actually start enjoying it, so I booked for two dives in advance and it worked perfectly well.