60 foot down in the Red Sea

Am I showing off? Maybe I am but this photo is one that when I come across it it fills me with pride and wonder of that tiny moment in time that was so very special. I was on holiday in Egypt and we were staying in Sharm el Sheik. There was a group of us, families, friends, couples and the atmosphere was one of fun, laughter and relaxation.

It wasn’t our first trip to the Red Sea and it also wasn’t our first diving expedition we were able to dive to 30 meters and discover the bottom of the Red Sea whist our two children waited with friends on the boat above.

This particular photo I am lucky enough to have as on this dive we were joined by an Italian journalist and his wife, our dive was in the Ras Mohammed National Park and he was writing an article for a magazine. He took the shot whilst I was in the midst of a shoal of fish depositing their eggs on the sea bed, the fish weren’t bothered by my presence they just carried on their business around me but it was an exceptionally special moment that has stayed with me ever since. He may have used the photo I’m not sure but true to his word he posted me a copy and for that I’m eternally grateful as I didn’t take his name or address to ever thank him!

Diving for me was incredibly frightening to start with. Our friend Alfredo was my instructor and as he held my trembling hand down to the bottom of the sea bed that very first time he must have been bewildered by my lack of faith in him, the sea and this brand new world around me. He tried to encourage me to stand on the sandy sea bed assuring me with the international sign of thumbs up that I was safe and secure. I was breathing like a mad woman, bubbles going up like the clappers and I could see where the water met the air just above my head but still I refused to put my feet down (makes me laugh at myself now!) He ended up after much coercing to get me to kneel and once there we started to run through the first lesson and gradually I relaxed and started to enjoy this fascinating sport. We weren’t down there very long before it was time to come up, slowly and when I was up on the boat I was euphoric! All I wanted to do was return down below! But my jaw was absolutely killing me where I had been gripping onto my mouth piece for my life!

We spent quite a few holidays on the Red Sea and each time we would dive a few days with a special diving school and discover, ship wrecks, caves, fish and stunning coral reefs. I have seen shark, mantra rays, giant Moray Eels, multi coloured fish, baracuda and turtles too. It has to be one of my best experiences and I would love to repeat it but my mister suffers from bad ears and for the life of me I cannot teach him to decompress. I am sooo tempted to go without him but I want him to sea for himself just how wonderful scuba diving is. Fingers crossed xx

I am joining in with Karin’s Flashback Friday which is a linky I love as it allows me to tell you snippets of my past allowing you to get a better idea of who I am, what I like and what makes me tick. Have a look at all the other entries and discover little bits about them too. Click the link indicated there and click through to this week’s Flashback Friday. I’m preparing this post in advance as tomorrow we’re setting off at 6am for Cornwall, close to Port Isaac, it’s my birthday, I’m celebrating 45 years on this planet and the lovely Royal couple Kate and William have very kindly given me a bank holiday to enjoy myself! How very sweet of them. I wish them from the bottom of my heart a wonderful day and a very happy, stable marriage. I genuinely like them both and I just hope our media and paparazzi don’t wreck their lives. Happy days Kate and William, I’ll never forget your anniversary as it’s my day too :D

7 Comments

  1. Frankie Parker
    April 29, 2011 / 7:30 AM

    What a great photo to look back on. Not sure if i could scuba dive as much as i love water.

    Happy birthday and enjo Cornwall x

  2. April 29, 2011 / 8:10 AM

    What a fab photo. I have a lot of friends who scuba dive and I have never done it but would love too. I have been lucky to go on some wonderful holidays but unfortunately Mr E isn’t a confident swimmer and I have never wanted to do it alone. :(

  3. Jenny Paulin
    April 29, 2011 / 4:29 PM

    Wow! What an amazing photo with great memories. I have been diving once and it is a fantastic experience to have undertaken. Although like you, I was a little nervous about using the breathing apparatus underbthe water. I am glad I did it though x

  4. April 29, 2011 / 7:03 PM

    Great photo, scuba diving is on my to-do list!

  5. SAHMlovingit
    May 2, 2011 / 10:01 AM

    Oooh what a fab photo and such lovely memories. I loved scuba diving xx

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