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Feeling the Sea
Written by Kim Dongki | Published. 2018.09.06 19:07 | Count : 681

[Picture taken by New Grand Bleu, of the whole people associated. Picture from https://www.facebook.com/CebuDiveResort/? fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser]

In this year's summer break and before I suffer from the stress due to arduous studies, I went on a break to the Philippines. Philippines is like my second hometown since I lived and spent a majority of my elementary days there. As our plane landed in Cebu, Philippines, I felt a strong sense of nostalgia and shivered at the thought of an upcoming amusing. My trip this time was a very special one. I was going to try scuba diving.

For four days, I and my family members stayed in New Grand Bleu diving resort and learned the important skills for scuba diving. We took our open water diver and advanced diver licenses there. In order to get a license, we were required to take a knowledge development test, confined water dives, and few open water dives. For the first day, we learned important skills and dangers that we could face under the water. After hearing the tens and hundreds of cautions and dangers, I started to feel how absurd and naive about making this decision so quick and easy. I started to fear and got panicked by the thought that I could possibly get killed by clicking a wrong button. 

[Picture taken by my father in confined water dives]

In the confined water dives, the teacher taught us how to use the BCD (buoyancy control device) button, the respirator, and the air gauge. After we knew their functions, we learned the symbols that we would use underwater to communicate. After the confined water dives were done, we went on for open water. As we got closer and closer to the diving point, I felt dizzy and groggy. I took a deep breath, squeezed my eyes and fell freely down to the ocean.

When I opened my eyes, there was- an extraordinary view which I only saw from documentaries and movies. Such a view was vastly stretched out right in front of my eyes. There were lots of fish and coral reefs at the bottom. On one side, I could only see an absolute darkness. 

[Picture taken by New Grand Bleu Resort, in a diving point]

As I breathed in the oxygen under the ocean, I relaxed while I saw and felt the grand beauty of the ocean. The fear that once I had was all far gone. After we went on for a few strolls, we returned to the point and rose up to the surface of the ocean satisfied and amazed by the beauty of the ocean floor.

[Picture taken by New Grand Bleu Resort, going up to the surface] 

After we came up to the surface, I shared all my experiences with everyone I could contact. After some rest, we took the test for open water diver license. I wanted to continue it even when I get back to Korea. I had some talk with my teacher about his experiences on diving. On the following three days, I did a fun diving on Nalusuan Island. I was shocked by its beauty. However, throughout the dives in Nalusuan, I discovered some trashes in the ocean. Every time I saw one, I picked it up and carried it up to the boat. I was sad that this fascinating ocean was getting contaminated by trashes.

[Picture taken by my mother, of me interviewing diving teacher]

After I interviewed my diving instructor, I learned that there was an advance license for picking up trashes in the ocean. Having heard this, I was determined that I should aim for it as my next goal to help our environment. Ultimately, this experience that started with my naive decision, gave me a huge change in my perspective towards helping our ailing oceans. It presented me with a beauty of nature, and in return, I wanted to save and protect it from now on until the future.


Kim Dongki
Grade 11
Korea International School Jeju

Kim Dongki  student_reporter@dherald.com

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  • Jason W 2018-10-06 12:31:08

    -ing this in the future...   삭제

    • Jason W 2018-10-06 12:30:37

      Good to see that you found respite in scuba diving! Would love to try it myself :)

      Great job documenting your feelings of scuba diving for the first time. What caught my attention was the trash-collecting license. Perhaps you could have elaborated more on this and write if you had any plans on purs   삭제

      • Jaehong Min 2018-09-13 00:17:41

        Your article was great because you shared an experience we normally cannot have in our daily lives! It was nice that you shared both the specifics of what you did, and the things you felt in the experience.   삭제

        • Rachel Lee 2018-09-08 12:14:26

          I find it really noble of you to try scuba-diving not only as a hobby but also to better the world around you! I personally also find swimming in the ocean a little scary, so I thought you were brave for getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new!   삭제

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