“We dive not to escape life, But for life not to escape us!”To begin, I would like to say that if you are in Mauritius and have never done scuba diving, then I would definitely recommend you to go for it! Mauritius Attractions offers the perfect introduction to diving, especially for beginners with no experience, with the Padi Discover Diving - Initiation Dives- Grand Bay.
We started off with a short briefing by the instructors, followed by a small presentation among the participants, before we actually started the activity. During the presentation, they had a screen where they showed up the equipment we would be using and explained how and why we needed that equipment.
We then had a practice session to familiarise ourselves with the equipment, in the shallows of the sea, where the depth did not exceed 1.5m. During the session we learnt basic techniques including how to breathe and how to clear out our goggles, if water ever filled up. It’s quite simple to do and not something to worry too much about. As soon as we were ready, we boarded the boat which took us out to sea. The trip takes only 5 to 10 minutes and you can take that time to appreciate the beauty of Mauritius from the sea itself. Once at the dive site, everyone took their equipment and a final check was conducted and supervised by the instructors. All beginner divers were accompanied by a monitor, which would indicate the depth they reached; the maximum depth of water in that area is 6m.
Finally, the most awaited time was here- we dived!
The instructor allows you to discover the maximum of things while underwater and also gives you the freedom to do what you want. You can explore the underwater world, the seabed and discover the coral reefs. To commemorate this amazing journey and experience for us, we asked a diver to take our photos. Just make sure you agree on a price beforehand.
If you have never gone scuba diving before and it is your first time experiencing a diving session, it’s like discovering another, wonderful little world. Your eyes will get to enjoy the beauty of the aquatic, marine life below. If I could describe it, I would say it’s like seeing a garden, but underwater and you are flying over it. The instructors brought with them pieces of bread so that once you reached the bottom, you can attract a multitude of fish towards you and even feed the fish.
For me, it was a great experience, and I would say that it is something to do at least once in a lifetime.