Bali is an island with sandy beaches, varied landscapes, unique culture and historical attractions. The rugged coastlines also makes Bali an ideal place for world-class surfing and diving.
The itinerary when I stayed at Le Meridien Bali included a dive session at Bali Jet Set Dive and Marine Sports (JSM), the newest and most exclusive water sports centre in the island. JSM’s premises include a private beach, a restaurant, an open-air dive school overlooking the ocean, and a swimming pool.
My dive instructors were Kris and AJ, who guided me through the whole process, including a 1.5-hour session at the pool. I was taught how to equalize my ears, perform proper hand signals, inhale and exhale with the regulator, and the dos and don’ts when I’m underwater. I struggled with the equalizing part in the swimming pool, but Kris was very patient and still repeated the steps with me.
When it was time to head out to sea, I felt more prepared but also nervous because it was my first time diving. Thankfully, I got the hang of equalizing and it became easier as I went in deeper. Kris was very attentive throughout (he was there to take care of me) and kept checking on my ear pressure.
*Note: It is best to eat light before the dive as the water pressure might cause you to feed the fishes with your breakfast/lunch. I’m glad I didn’t eat much for breakfast that morning, so I didn’t experience any sickness.
It was just a month before that I spoke to my colleague about my fear of diving, and there I was – at the bottom of the ocean – with all the fishes. Such a liberating experience! It was very, very cold down there and I wanted to sneeze. Obviously, I didn’t because I had no idea how to sneeze underwater. Lol!
Since I wasn’t ready to surface just yet, I held on to Kris’ arm and went around collecting bits of rubbish we saw along the way. Like going underwater, you also need to equalize your ears when you surface. I found it easier to equalize my ears while surfacing. It was an amazing experience and I was quite pleased I did a 10-meter dive without having to surface.
According to the instructors, many people surface at least once because they either got sick or the pressure was too much for their ears to take. *pats self on back* If you’re planning to dive (or do other water sports activities) in Bali, do check out Bali Jet Set Dive and Marine Sports. It is the only American managed water sports centre in Bali, ensuring all activities are conducted in-line with international standards.
Truly a 5-star scuba diving experience for me!
My introductory scuba diving experience was USD80 for 2.5 hours, inclusive of equipment rental, instruction, insurance, drinks (water, coffee, tea), soap, shampoo and towels.
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Bali Jet Set Dive and Marine Sports
Jalan Setra Ganda Mayu
Br. Tengkulung Tanjung Benoa
Tel: +62 (0) 361 772 518