7:15AM - Get into our swimming costumes and put on the wet suits
8:00AM - Jump from one boat to another and cruise to our diving site with a backdrop of gorgeous islands and absolute crystal clear skies
8:30AM - Put on our fins, shampoo and wash our masks, put on our Buoyancy jackets and oxygen tanks, do a quick check of all equipment and do a backflip into the ocean. Looking at the open sky with your back in the middle of an ocean was the most phenomenal feeling!
8:30-12PM - It was time to start diving. The first dive would typically last 30-40 mins (if we behaved ourselves and stopped flapping like penguins underwater) followed by a quick 10 minute break to rehydrate and fuel up on bananas and samosas.
The second dives felt better because the initial nervousness and hesitation was over and it was time to relax under water and enjoy the rich marine life Havelock has to offer (Sweet Lips fish was my favourite - too sad it is endangered species - the Chinese poached these because the lips are considered to be aphrodisiacs - gyaan courtesy our instructor).
12-1PM - Time for boatride back to our tents, tanned beyond recognition but hearts elated. What is a better feeling than knowing you've conquered deep seated fears and controlled your mind!
2-2:30PM - A satiating post-shower lunch at the cafe and settling into a cozy hammock overlooking the gorgeous blue sea and counting our blessings, sometimes drifting off into the most peaceful naps.
3:30-4:30PM - Theory sessions with instructor, watching some instructional videos on Scuba, trying our best to remember all the information
5:00PM seemed like 8PM at Havelock because the sun sets SO early. By 5:30 people already start yawning
A couple of drinks (instructors ask you to limit the alcohol if you are diving the next day) down and a sumptuous dinner later, everyone is ready to conk off in their tents, looking forward to another exciting day of diving.
This is not a promotional post for DiveIndia but the care and love we got from our instructors was unbelievable. I would recommend their basic courses to anyone looking to give Scuba Diving a shot at Havelock.
As for me, I am going to bask in the glory of becoming a licensed open water diver. Also a special shout out to Niamh, owner of Full Moon Cafe who bakes like a dream and the chocolate whisky cake she makes is to die for!