2021/10/13 How Scuba Diving and I Clicked

How Scuba Diving and I Clicked

Lily Lo

    Growing up in Victoria, the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, Canada, one would think I practically grew up surfing or diving. As a matter of fact, I had done none of those as my childhood basically revolved around books, music, ballet, and more books. When school was out, the family would fly back to Taiwan visiting relatives over the long holidays. When it weren’t the holidays, I’d be sitting in on my cousins’ classes to catch up on my Chinese skills. Please don’t get me wrong. I had a happy childhood. I have caring parents and loving brothers up to the present. However, it was mainly our traditional Chinese culture of putting much importance on studies and the fact of having to juggle between that and visiting relatives back home didn’t really allow me to indulge in my 2nd home’s plethora of natural recreational activities.

    It wasn’t until my first trip to Cebu, Philippines in 2018 where I experienced scuba diving for the first time. It was called “DSD - Discover Scuba Diving” where you’re literally being dangled around by professional divers and taken photos of with whatever sea creature was in sight. Joe, who would eventually be my dive coach pointed out how extremely dangerous it actually is. If an accident ever occurs with either the guide’s or your equipment, and without the adequate training in your part, results may be devastating. BUT, risks aside, I saw the most breathtaking phenomena with my very own eyes and up-close: A sardine run. This occurs when billions of sardines move in gigantic shoals just like mesmerizing dancing waves to either migrate or as a defence mechanism, as lone individuals are more likely to be eaten than large groups. I was literally dumbfounded and decided right then and there that I was going to be a certified scuba diver.

    Needless to say, I hit a dive shop once summer came to Taiwan and worked my way up from a novice to a certified Open Water Diver, then to an Advanced Open Water Diver. It is the serenity and the marvelous sights under water that has taken hold of me. If you’re ever looking to swim along sea turtles, whale sharks and manta rays while checking out variable neon slugs, red-spotted blennies, banded sea kraits and lots more wonders of the sea, all the while not being bothered by the 30-pound cylinder on your back, long hikes to and fro shore or seasickness in boats, scuba diving is definitely for you! Make sure you use reef safe sunscreen, though! 

10 Words to Learn


plethora (n.)

(英) a very large amount of something, especially a larger amount than you need, want, or can deal with
(日) 過多、過度
(中) 過多,過剩
“There’s a plethora of books about the royal family.”

literally (adv.) 

(英) using the real or original meaning of a word or phrase
(日) 文字通りに
(中) 確實地;名副其實地
"We live literally just round the corner from her."

dangle (v.) 

(英) to hang or move freely; to hold something so that it hangs or moves freely
(日) つきまとう、ぶら下がる
(中) 垂下;(使)懸著,懸掛;提著來回擺動
"He sat on the edge with his legs dangling over the side."

devastating (adj.) 

(英) causing a lot of damage or destruction
(日) 痛烈な
(中) 毀滅性的,破壞性極大的
"The drought has had devastating effects."

shoal (n.) 

(英) a large number of fish swimming together as a group
(日) 魚群
(中) 魚群
"Squid travel in shoals."

mesmerizing (adj.) 

(英) very attractive, in a mysterious way, making you want to keep looking
(日) 魅惑的な
(中) 吸引人的,迷人的
"He had the most mesmerizing blue eyes."

migrate (v.) 

(英) when an animal migrates, it travels to a different place, usually when the season changes
(日) 移住する、移動する
(中) (動物)遷徙,移棲
"Swallows migrate south in winter."

dumbfounded (adj.) 

(英) unable to speak because of surprise
(日) ものが言えないほどびっくりして
(中) 目瞪口呆的,驚得說不出話的
"The news left her dumbfounded."

then and there (adv.)

(英) immediately
(日) その場で、直ちに
(中) 立即,馬上
"I suggested he call his mother and he did it then and there.”

to and fro (adv.)

(英) in one direction and then in the opposite direction, a number of times
(日) あちこちに動く、行き交う
(中) 往復地;來回地
"She was gazing out the window, rocking rhythmically to and fro.”