Scuba-diving is something that has been on my bucket list for a very long time, but numerous things have put me off, including issues with one of my ears which I thought would never cope with the change in pressure. HOWEVER, whilst in Crete, we were persuaded to give it a try, so here I am to tell you all about my experience.
Kalypso Diving Centre is one of the only diving schools, where the ratio of instructor to diver is 1:1, and this is what sold it to me. I worry that if there was more people to one instructor that if something went wrong I might not be able to get their attention, but this would never be an issue when diving with Kalypso as the instructor’s attention is on you throughout the whole experience.
We were picked up from our hotel at 8:30am, and were driven an hour to the diving centre. The views on the drive were beautiful, taking routes through the mountains and quaint Greek villages. When we arrived, we filled out paperwork, paid the remaining balance, and were given our wet-suits, fins and goggles. There was then a group briefing, and we were introduced to everyone on the team.
Iris did our safety briefing, teaching us the ins and outs of the equipment, and what sorts of sealife we should be looking out for during our dives. Everyone is given an allotted dive time written up on the whiteboard, our dive time was 12:45.
During your free-time you can do some snorkelling, use the hotel’s swimming pool, adventure up to the cliff tops where you can see the view of the most southern greek/euproean island before you hit Africa…the views are beautiful.
My instructor, Konstas, was absolutely amazing. I wont lie I was a little nervous when it came to us being kitted up and getting into the water. But after a brief pep-talk, I was straight in the water and out into the ocean. The breathing apparatus was a lot easier to use than I expected, and thankfully I picked it up straight away.
Not only were we just swimming around and admiring the views in the ocean we also played games like pebble stacking, and catch, we got to hold underwater creatures, and there was plenty of little (and kinda big) fishes being super brave and eyeballing me right in front of my goggles, was definitely a little more on edge than them apparently! There was also an camper van on the sea floor too!
Despite having the instructor adjusting tank pressure etc throughout the dive, I was also given an immense amount of freedom to swim and trying immerse myself in the underwater world.
The full price for the day was €89 each, including transfers, equipment and use of the whole facility. The total dive time is an hour, but we got in the water a little earlier than our time slot, so ended up having about an hour and a half in the water!
It is one of the best experiences I have ever had, and it is 100% up there with skydiving. The ocean is so clear and blue, and it is a whole new world down there!
I cannot recommend it enough, if you ever get the chance please try it…it is truly amazing, and another thing ticked off my bucket list!