Last day of diving

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Briefing before diving.

I got picked up 15mins later than the appointed time today, which was better than yesterday. Half of the guys in the van were as same as yesterday, then we got a few new people. They've stuffed up with one guy's accommodation address, not sure the guy changed his accommodation later or the office's mistake. They were told to turn around to pick him up in the new address anyway. There was a bit frustration and we were late due to the traffic jam. Finally we arrived at the pier and met with others on the boat.

Yesterday I had bitten my regulator too hard, I found my gums were swollen. We were told how to get regulator back to the mouth if it's been accidentally pushed away, but I reckoned I was just too nervous. I took a tablet for seasick and had a couple of pineapple pieces.

Rest on the boat
Looking at my diving buddy, he seemed didn't sleep well last night. He told me he watched another boxing yesterday, where his friend won the fight. It took much longer time to the Phi Phi island. We did a couple of dives and had lunch, and then we had our final exam on the boat, which made me very dizzy for the next dive. Although I had a look at the manual the previous night, I still confused with lots of things. Lucky our instructor wasn't very harsh with our exam. He had went through the answer of the quiz we did the other day, before we took the exam which was very similar, and gave us a few hints before we started. I still felt very difficult for a few questions and the rolling boat made me feel worse. My diving buddy finished his long time ago, I was still struggling with the answers of last few questions.
Rushing for the food?
My instructor warned me that I got 10mins left, cos they need us to do the last dive of the day. So I just made up a few answers and left the paper, and set up my gears. My head was so dizzy, I wouldn't be surprised if he told me I failed the exam.

Today, I got better control of my buoyancy most of time. I was using my BCD inflating and deflating under the sea to adjust my height. The instructor told me I shouldn't use that as my lung, I should just breath properly to control my buoyancy. I didn't catch what he said when we went up to the surface after the second dive, I was too busy to catch my breath. Lucky he said that again later on. Also I didn't kick correctly that's why I kept going up straight. He's mocking me like riding a bicycle, where I should've kept my legs straight.

I was jerking around and scared to sinking on top of the corals at the bottom of the sea, which made my oxygen gone very quickly. There was a time, I felt hard to get down, just kept floating up without doing anything. My instructor had to come up and drag me down with his hands or passed me his fin for me to catch. I didn't know what happened. I saw them signal me going down, but I just didn't know how and went up straight to the surface where no one was around. Lucky my instructor quickly followed me up and checked my air was about 50bar left. Maybe I kicked too much, the tank become light and hard for me to sink down. My instructor was a bit worried about my diving buddy, cos he was keeping his eyes on me, the trouble person most of the time, he didn't know where my diving buddy was.
It's getting dark.
 5 seconds later, my diving buddy just came out of surface from behind, he felt so relieved and smiled. Later my diving buddy was so nice to tow me to the boat, I just laid down on my back and relaxed.

We didn't see any shark, but we saw a big turtle, eel, sea snake and different colourful fishes underneath. My diving buddy saw white lobsters also. He got his water proof camera and took lots of pictures under the sea. Time went away so fast, soon we finished 3 dives and back to the boat. Later he announced the mark of our exam and signed our log books. I didn't know if I passed. He didn't say anything about it, just asked us to check and confirm our home address, so I guess I passed. 

After around an hour, we're approaching the pier to finish the day. It's already getting dark, my whole diving course was finished. I felt a bit sad 3 days diving was over. I had picture taken with my instructor and said goodbye to each other. It's been a great time to dive with them and I was certainly going to miss them deeply.

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Briefing before diving.
Briefing before diving.
Rest on the boat
Rest on the boat
Rushing for the food?
Rushing for the food?
Its getting dark.
It's getting dark.
Thai staff preparing food on the b…
Thai staff preparing food on the …
Backshot of my diving buddy
Backshot of my diving buddy
people have leisure walk along the…
people have leisure walk along th…