On a perfectly sunny day in Aqaba, Jordan, I set out to dive the Red Sea. I was on the Yasmena, one of the largest dive boats I’d ever been on. My companions were Brazilian Journalists headed out for a day of snorkeling.
I was so excited for this dive I completely forgot to ask if I could rent an underwater camera. By the time I remembered to ask for the camera, it was too late and we were off to our first dive spot.
My companions were all in good spirits- music was turned on and people started dancing. I was wondering how cold the water going to be, but I knew I’d have a wetsuit on so it was not going to be that bad.
Wetsuit types matter. Especially in cold weather.
I was assuming I’d be in a full wetsuit, but I was given a shorty- which is a wetsuit that reaches your knees and elbows. Not exactly the best at keeping the cold out, but my excitement should keep me warm right?
As soon as I jumped in the water, I gasped for air. The water was so cold, I just about started shaking. After a few seconds I adjusted and we descended.
The first thing I noticed was the visibility.
The water was SO CLEAR. In all of my dives, I tried to recall a time I’d seen the water so clear. The coral were so visible, the sun’s rays filtered through the water, and I mentally kicked myself hard for not remembering to ask for a camera.
Since no one else on my boat dived, I had the attention of the dive master all to myself and he spent the next 40 minutes pointing out colorful coral and fishes. Did I mention I wanted to kick myself for not asking for the camera? The current was calm- it was the best scenario I had encountered to take photographs underwater.
My guilt subsided when we surfaced for lunch.
We had a delicious lunch cooked up of tuna, chicken, hummus, and tartar sauce for the fish with a side of salad. I had removed my wetsuit and I was given a fluffy white towel. It felt like luxury diving. The majority of dives I’d been on did not serve food or served a smashed up sandwich.
After our lunch I assumed we’d cruise around, but it turns out we were going for another dive.
Perfect! I was smacked with the camera guilt again.
Once again I was treated to frigidly cold waters that had even give my dive master the shakes. The ocean floor was clean- did I mention it was crystal clear? Nothing to obstruct what could have been incredibly sharp images. I touched some bubble sea anemone and marveled.
Even though I forgot the camera, it was a perfect day & a great welcome to Jordan.
Have you ever forgotten a piece of gear when on an adventure? How did it go without it?
My trip with Sea Guard was sponsored by the Tourism Board of Jordan. If you’re interested in doing a dive trip with Sea Guard, I highly recommend them and although they don’t have a FB page, you can reach them through their website. Although my dive trip was sponsored, all opinions are my own.
*Underwater photos borrowed from the Sea Guard website*