Thus was my mindset when gearing up for my dives at Hilo Ocean Adventures dive shop. It was raining. And windy. Michelle, Leif and I were in the capable hands of instructor Tyler and Captain Kimo but there was only so much they could do towards making us more comfortable. It was entirely necessary to have our wetsuits on against the rain and spray as we bounced over the grey ocean and tried to learn about the reef we were about the visit. I now feel confident I can assemble my scuba equipment whilst not falling off a small, plunging boat.
After some snacks and our surface interval we repeated the exercise at a different location. The great thing with two tank dives is the chance to have another crack. Roll backwards and keep mask on = check. Calm descent with right amount of weight = check. Improved buoyancy = check. Green sea turtles? Not this time. I felt very lucky to have made it out with Tyler and Kimo. It was off season and the weather had been bad meaning they hadn’t run many trips and all the sea life I see is still majorly exciting and the thrill of breathing underwater is still incredible.
Thanks to Tyler’s calm instruction and Kimo’s expert boat handling and fin-pulling skills we had a safe and fun time. I can’t recommend HOA enough. The kit I used was the best rental gear I’ve had and I learnt a lot about diving in less than favourable conditions. They have an on-site pool for you to complete all aspects of your scuba certification and you’ll get access to the amazing wonders of Hawaii’s oceans. Book with them and tell them I sent you. Not into diving? Try whale watching or snorkelling. Or even swimming lessons, and fingers crossed for the weather. Visit them at hilooceanadventures.com
Anyone know the name of the film?!