Swimming with the fishies

We’d always said we were just going to snorkel the reef, but speaking to some fellow travellers, we were persuaded that we had to dive. I was a little nervous as the only time I’d tried before, five years ago, I had a few issues with my ears and suffered horrendous sea sickness. I decided however that diving the Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime experience so I would just put up with the pain and hope for the best! It was by far the best decision we made, snorkelling will just never compare. Diving is the most amazing experience (especially if you don’t have to spend the whole time in pain). It’s like the best form of therapy, feels so peaceful under there and you can think of nothing else but breathing and the amazing sights. If I had the money, it would definitely be a new hobby!

We did our trip with Cairns Dive Centre and went to Milln Reef. As we were doing an intro dive, we had an hour lesson on the boat trip out to the reef about the equipment and what to do but the dive instructor managed everything for us really. We had to practice a few exercises before we went down for the first dive and all hold hands to start with but afterwards we could swim alone and we were off chasing a turtle. I thought turtles were slow, but he was a fast little bugger, trying to run away from the big scary breathing machines. Some of the other divers saw reef sharks too but unfortunately we weren’t as lucky. The second dive was so much better as we had longer to explore as we didn’t need to do any exercises. The reef was stunning! We saw the most amazing tropical fish, coral and even a stingray! Was such an amazing trip and have lots of love for Tanya our instructor with Cairns Dive Centre.

At school we gave each other the nicknames Steph Silver and Robyn Red, but from now we like to be known as Scuba Steph and Reef Robyn, diving pros!

Who doesn't love a 7am photoshoot?
Who doesn’t love a 7am photoshoot?

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So hard to pose underwater! Not our best angle...
So hard to pose underwater! Not our best angle…
Walking our way down
Walking our way down

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Steph has an interesting swimming technique
Steph has an interesting swimming technique
Never been happier
Never been happier
Come back turtle
Come back turtle

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And he's off again....bye mr turtle
And he’s off again….bye mr turtle
Ready free dive number 2
Ready for dive number 2
Surprisingly hard to sit with a massive oxygen tank on your back
Surprisingly hard to sit with a massive oxygen tank on your back
All important dive selfie.
All important dive selfie. 

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I found nemo
I found nemo

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Scuba Steph
Scuba Steph
Reef Robyn
Reef Robyn
Post dive beer back on solid land
Post dive beer back on solid land

Many of the photos are courtesy of Joe the photographer on the boat and Steph’s wonderful go pro skills. Far too many to choose from so hope you enjoy!

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5 thoughts on “Swimming with the fishies

  1. Fantastic and the photos are great. Looks like the go pro is a great piece of kit.

    How is your camera working out? Does the wifi on it help?

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  2. Love all the photos and blogs looks like you’re having a really great time wish we were there with you stay safe and enjoy you’re selves.

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  3. You both look like real pros

    Rob, for a girl that is scared of fish you did really well. We saw reef sharks at the reef. but we were in a glass bottomed boat!!! Dad was still worried about them so you are much braver. Love you x

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  4. Hi Rob, I’m so glad you got to experience ‘diving’ it really is like an escape to another world isn’t it ? Always remember the rule though when you get to your 100th dive you have to do it naked ! …..I’m just warning you ! Big hug x

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