Cee’s FF Challenge: As wet as it gets


Hubby loves to scuba dive, and Belize has the second largest Barrier Reef in the world, after Australia. Today was the first day since we arrived that the weather was suitable for going out, so I thought I’d tag along for the ride. This is the boat I thought we were going on. I knew that I would be sitting waiting for about forty minutes whilst the dive was in progress. The boat hubby pointed out to me yesterday, looked really civilised and quite comfy, so I packed my kindle, a magazine, and my iPhone in my beach bag, and off we went to the dive office to sign in.

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As it turned out, we weren’t going on the nice, comfy, big boat, but on the little one. Now this was a ‘different kettle of fish’ altogether, and something I hadn’t even considered.

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The first thing I was asked was, “Do you get sea-sick?” “Well no, I’ve never been sea-sick,” I replied. One of the divers, a young girl, looked at me somewhat sceptically, and I could tell she was thinking “Ha, you’ve never been out through the waves in a boat like this before.” She made hectic undulating hand motions to show me what I was in for, and I almost lost my nerve and chickened out. However, I’m not one to show cowardice in the face of adversity, so I did a bit of positive thinking and told myself that NO WAY was I going to be sick in front of half a dozen strangers, and I stepped into the boat. I was surprised to note that I wasn’t made to wear a life jacket, as even when I did a bit of relatively safe kayaking in Thailand, I was made to wear one.

As we set off, the skipper warned me that I was in for a wet ride, and that it was also going to rain, a lot. The sky did look rather ominous, and that big black cloud promised lots of water. Well it was too late for regrets, so I settled back to enjoy the ride.

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It turned out to be the ‘ride of my life’, asΒ going out through the reef to the open sea, we hit wave after wave, at great speed, sending masses of sea spray cascading into the boat. All thoughts of decorum were thrown out of the window, or would have been if there were any windows. I’ve never entered a ‘Wet T-shirt’ competition, but I would have been an excellent contestant. My clothes were drenched and sticking to my body, and my hair was plastered to my head, whilst the salt water was running down my sunglasses. My scary river boat cruise of two days ago, seemed very tame in comparison to this wild and frenzied dash through the waves. At last we reached our destination, marked by a single white buoy, and the divers backward-somersaulted out of the boat, and disappeared from view.

Just the skipper and I were left on board, bobbing up and down in the crazy waves, occasionally getting showered by heavy rains. Funnily enough, and I would never in my wildest dreams have believed it possible, I was having such a great time. We chatted about family, jobs, and life in Belize, and the time just flew by. Soon it was time for the novice diver to be picked up, and I retrieved my iPhone from the safety of my bag, to take a few shots.

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I took the chance when the rain stopped, to have my photo taken with ‘Jack Sparrow’. πŸ™‚ I could tell that he liked being called that, and we were in the Caribbean, after all. πŸ™‚

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After another twenty minutes, hubby, the girl, and Patrick the dive master, popped their heads out of the water, and it was time to head back again

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Do you see my ‘Mean Season’ hat I’m wearing in the photo? Well just after we took off again, the wind whipped it right off my head, and there it was, way back, riding the waves, but all was not lost; Captain Jack, gallantly turned the boat around and rescued it for me. I was so relieved and grateful. I’ve had that hat for about ten years. It’s been all over the world with me, through many adventures, and I would so hate to lose it.

After a snack and a short break, they all went back out for a second dive, but I headed for the shower, and to wash the salt water out of my clothes. I may go along for the ride again, if hubby decides to go diving tomorrow. I didn’t feel in the least bit sea-sick……….must be my sailor’s genes, after all, my dad was in the Royal Navy during the 2nd World War. πŸ™‚

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83 comments on “Cee’s FF Challenge: As wet as it gets

  1. Life is always one surprise after another, isn’t it? So glad you got your “Mean Season” hat back. I thought you were going to say it was lost forever! πŸ™‚

  2. It shows that if one wants to have fun, one must be prepared to take risks! I am surprised you don’t simply join the underwater scene, too!
    Interesting to reflect in how many places you have nearly lost that headgear.

    • “It’s not that easy bein’ green
      Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.”
      I think I should call you ‘Kermit’ from now on, Dallas. πŸ™‚

  3. Great pics! Great story! Put a bit of excitement and adventure in my otherwise boring day (here at work)! Now I can go back to my filing and data entry with a really great visual in my head. Thanks!

  4. AD …. that took courage πŸ˜‰ loved your hat raising account . You make me laugh .
    I joined a small boat as a passenger when (( BB)) went snorkelling further out at a dive site in Grenada last year, and I who have never been sea sick felt distinctly queasy after 2hrs bobbing around at various sites and ended up telling my life story laid on my back looking up at the sky while the Cap’n listened politely …

  5. A fantastic adventure – I dived with I worked aboard Lindblad Explorer … 35 years ago. I would do it again. Some Navy Seals next maybe. A lot of envy .. over here now.

    • They were safely stowed in my bag under the seat, on the skipper’s advice. I couldn’t fit myself in the small space, or I might have been there too. πŸ˜€

  6. Sounds like the trip to and from the diving was maybe better than the diving itself πŸ˜‰
    Looks like a lot of fun was had by all πŸ˜‰

      • There you have it then πŸ˜‰
        Should have spent the hour wave riding rather than diving πŸ™‚
        Have to admit – I can’t stand those goggles over my face – gives me the absolute creeps!! So I would take the boat for a cruise much rather than dive in the murky ocean…

    • Hahaha….I called them ‘goggles’ yesterday, and was informed that it is ‘a mask’. πŸ˜† He did see some cool stuff though. I’ll post pic when I have the time.

      • oops!! That’s showed you, you diving cretin you πŸ˜‰
        For that matter me too – and I would probably have carried on calling it goggles. Just to piss them off πŸ˜‰

  7. Hi AD
    What a fantastic trip, and the boat trip certainly seemed to be loads of fun even if you were soaking wet! Have fun and look forward to further posts.

    Regards and best wishes
    Gail

    • Thanks, Gilly. Yes, I did “show her”, as she was looking a bit green around the gills when we got out to the dive site, and said she wished she hadn’t had breakfast. I had been wise enough not to eat before the ride. πŸ˜†

  8. Another excellent adventure and now you’re my hero! (Heroine?) πŸ˜‰ And I am sooooo happy you got your hat back. I’ve got jeans that are as old as my son that I will never fit in again, but they have memories attached. So I get it πŸ˜‰

  9. what a ride.. and i’m sure that was a fun adventure.. well, the hat would still travel with you on your next destination πŸ™‚

  10. Hi AD, pity about the small boat, that larger one is definitely more civilised if less fun in those conditions πŸ˜‰

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