I spent a lot of my time in Koh Tao exploring the ocean. It started with scuba diving, with my most notable thoughts being “breathe in for 5 counts, breathe out for 5 counts”, along with constant adjustment of my buoyancy in fear of touching the corals. The most interesting thing I saw while scuba diving was of a 49 metre ship that was purposely sunk five years ago. I find it really eerie to see a man made object covered with ocean life. At another site, we followed a turtle for 10 minutes which was entertaining however a week later, at the same site, I also followed a turtle but this time without an oxygen tank, giving me the freedom to glide underneath, following it from above and below. It only lasted a few minutes but it was a lot more playful!
Freediving feels like the ultimate way to experience the ocean. Training consisted of breathing drills and techniques, static apnea holds, dynamic horizontal apnea swims and swimming down to depth. Learning the physiology helps too as it stills the uncertainties I could encounter while diving. Any unnecessary thoughts are also unnecessary waste of oxygen which becomes vividly present when you’re diving at depth. I trained to dive down to 30m during my second course which may sound deep but the training and techniques I learned made all the differences. My record for static apnea underwater is 3:40!
Before diving by Koh Nang Yuan.