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Blissful SCUBA Diving
Bonaire
2003
SCUBA Don and Diana
~ SCUBA Don and Diana ~
Flying Over the Reef
Weightlessness
Queen Angelfish
~ Queen Angelfish ~
We decided to do our first dive at the resort, on Buddy's Reef. We completed our BWRAF check; Buoyancy, Weights, Release, Air, Final, then jumped right off the dock into the warm, clear Caribbean Sea. The current was very gentle, making our swim against it easy for the first half of the dive. The vibrant reef full of beautiful sea-life urged on effortlessly.

But the magic occurred when we turned around. The current smoothly grabbed us and I felt like I was flying! Nary a fin nor palm was employed. We just hung there in perfect buoyancy, taking a free ride on the warm, slow underwater river.

The weights were fine but the weight belts had much to be desired. Don's clip suddenly snapped open, his belt immediately dropped and he did a perfect, uncontrolled ascent to the surface. We learned about this in class. At only 40 feet, decompression sickness wasn't really an issue, but $50 to the resort for a lost weight belt was. I hovered there trying to plan out how to extricate the belt from the reef with little damage to myself or the coral, and surface with all the 15 extra pounds.

It about killed me, but I managed and after a brief rest, we were able to continue. BCDs with integrated weights were bought soon after.