Having completed her theory and pool training in the States, Shelby came to Ko Lipe for the four open water training dives she needed to do in order to earn her PADI Open Water Diver certification. After two great days of diving with our instructor Claudia, she is now a certified diver and can look forward to doing lots of amazing dives in Southeast Asia during her next few months of travel in the region!
Day 1 – Instructor Claudia giving a predive briefing before Shelby’s first dive in the ocean
Day 1 – In position for her backroll entry into the water
Day 1 – Shelby at the start of her first dive, with Claudia observing
Day 1 – A couple of Star puffers passed us by in the blue
Day 1 – A blue sea star lounging on some coral
Day 1 – School of Bigeye snapper
Day 1 – Lunch break and surface interval on Ko Kra
Day 1 – Shelby demonstrating what to do if she had a leg cramp
Day 1 – A pair of Moorish idols hanging out on the mooring line
Day 1 – Shelby practicing clearing water from her mask
Day 1 – Claudia gives Shelby a handshake to say “well done!”
Day 1 – Shelby is already comfortable enough to take out her regulator to smile for a photo!
Day 1 – First two dives done!
Day 2 – Claudia explaining to Shelby how to use a compass before leaving the dive center
Day 2 – Predive briefing on the boat
Day 2 – A fun photo before some more skills practice
Day 2 – Shelby demonstrating her hovering skills
Day 2 – More practice clearing her mask
Day 2 – We got caught in a passing thunderstorm
Day 2 – Backroll!
Day 2 – Swimming past the soft coral covered “walls” of Ko Yang East
Day 2 – A well camouflaged scorpionfish
Day 2 – Officially a certified PADI Open Water Diver now!