I’m on a Weeks Leave – @nicholassm1th

I thought I could spend my holiday riding my bike and preparing for our holiday later in the year. The weather forecast didn’t get riding the bike off to a great start. I went out this morning in bright sun shine and came back in a whiteout blizzard the computer say the temperature ranged from four degrees centigrade to minus two!

This holiday I am learning to scuba dive so that when on holiday later in the year I can explore a small bit of the planet that is only available to those with the ability to breath under water. I have read the learning book, watched the DVD and answered all of the questions twice. So once more for luck and I should be okay! Then is only the bit where you have to get wet and breath under water. Sounds simple and completely alien at the same time.

Being a slow thinking type of person I take a long time to make a decision and normally only after I have read and considered lots of information. Rashly I decided that I wanted to go on a beach holiday on the flight back from Florida. I realised that if I didn’t book the next one it might take many years to get round to it. So in a moment of spontaneous recklessness I took he wife into town and booked a beach holiday. Spontaneous and reckless because as a pale skinned melanin deficient ginger, the sun I will be exposed to on a beach holiday could mean that I end up burnt to a crisp.

I also knew that after years of holidaying with the kids it would be really nice for mum and dad to have some grown up time on our own. The last time we left them alone for one night) they managed to smash the glass in one of the doors by falling through it!!!!!! To prevent us from going back on the decision and taking them with us I booked us two weeks at an over 21’s couples only resort in the Caribbean.

To protect myself from the hot Caribbean sun I thought that I would learn to dive. As this would mean I would spend time covered up and out of direct sunlight for periods during the day thus enabling me to increase my levels of exposure and perhaps even build up a tan. After all my arms between my wrist and below tee shirt sleeve arm line tan great after a summer of cycling!

In preparing to learn to scuba dive I have read books, magazines and web sites. All of this reading has whetted my appetite. I think if I enjoy the idea of being underwater and breathing there are a few bits that I would like to do. As I do not enjoy the cold that much (cycling this winter has been almost unbearable from the cold. I have struggled to keep my feet warm despite using wool socks and neoprene booties) I have realised that the water off the coast of Britain is not going to be my idea of pleasure. During my research I have stumbled upon videos of diving with seals just off of the Northumberland coast at a place called the Farne Islands. As I will not swim in the sea in the summer so if I am to go dive with these wonderful animals this will require additional training to learn how to dive in a dry suit so I can wear loads of thermals underneath

Also as a new diver I will only be allowed to dive to 60 feet until I complete further training. We are going to Jamaica and whilst many of the dive sites suit new divers there are others that are accessible for those people with more experience. The resort I am going to offers this next level of training so I may try and gain a bit more experience and training before my holiday to make the most of my trip and do the next level whilst on holiday.

That is of course if I pass my training next week!


About altwoodmoon

Leeds United fan. Dog owner, walker and feeder. Qualified scuba diver, Tec diver and PADI Pro. Kids almost flown the nest so have a new life with my wife, loads of holidays. Blogs are my own ramblings but am know to copy (okay plagiarise) other people when they are saying what I want only better but always give them credit.
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