I would always go to Anilao, Batangas, and then one time I met this dive instructor who then introduced me to the sport. On my first dive, I saw this really huge turtle pass me by underwater—I loved it! The rest was history.
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I’m a wreck diver, one who goes deep to see ship wreckage at the sea floor. I just need to finish my rescue course to be able to get my diving certificate at that. I like the mysterious vibe of wrecks. It’s the idea of seeing something so grand that was once working, now at the bottom of the sea or ocean na sobrang deads na. I've seen a lot of wrecks. In Anilao, there’s this Spanish galleon that I explored. Meron ding floating casino na lumubog, yung Daryl Laut—it’s one of my favourite sites! Usually, ang ganda ng visibility dun and sobrang walang current. In Boracay, there was this plane and ship wreck that I also visited.
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I once dove into an area with such strong current. Nag-hyperventilate ako! Underwater, it could be very dangerous since you might get to press the inflator and shoot yourself up without warning. It can be fatal, I tell you! That time, I signaled Luis and my instructor about my condition. They calmed me down and gave reassuring hand signals, so I could breathe better. My hyperventilation finally stopped. That's why in this sport, it's very important for you to dive with people you know and trust.
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