Monday, December 19, 2011

Deep Sea Diving at San Carlos

Machhali jal ki hai raani,
Jeevan uska hai paani...
Haath lagao dar jaayegi,
Bahaar nikaalo mar jaayegi...!!!

Hello friends, do you remember this sweet, innocent Hindi poem? Almost everyone of us started our childhood with this poem. Since childhood we have so much of attraction towards aquatic life. We have listened many stories of "Jal-pari" (Angel of water) from our parents/grandma during the childhood. Right from that age, as we have grown thins fascination for the aquatic world and sea has increased to next level. Sometimes.... You may be tired a lot from your routine life but just one picnic with friends on any beach gives you lot of refreshment.... not just that yaar... Most of beaches are speechless witness of love of lover couple... ;) There is unknown relation between ocean and us just like he is our true friend.... :)

Hey, but do you know there is totally different beautiful world under the sea? Just like you even I was fascinated to explore this world so thought of doing "Deep Sea diving at San Carlos" beach. So are you ready to dive with me?..I can see..."Yes" on your face, so lets continue...... I am not a professionally certified diver but just took one theory lecture from professional diver and did it. So on one weekend, very early morning I started moving towards San Carlos beach with Chandra. Usually in winter, here in California temperature drops below 10 degree Celsius and we are not able to see sun everyday... But I was praying to God that...."Please, please it should be sunny today.... so that visibility under water will be Good".... guess what?....... We started driving and within 20 mins, I could see sun.... Yes.... it was wonderful start of the day and God was with me... :)

[A very beautiful morning, on the way of San Carlos beach.]

Around 9am we reached San Carlos beach and my Deep Sea diving instructor Mike was waiting for me. Mike is having more than 26 years of diving experience. After initial introduction process, he started my theory class on beautiful beach environment. Almost after couple of hour of learning process, I got some idea about deep sea diving. He also taught me some sign language of talking under water. "You have to breath through mouth, equalise your ear pressure, handle air pressure in your air jacket and also keep attention at air gauge of oxygen tank so that you are always aware of oxygen available with you"...... many things to do. I realised that its not that very straight forward. Deep sea diving is total play of patience, presence of mind and knowledge of instruments. But not to worry, I grasped as much as I can and got ready for the small test. During this small test, mike again confirmed my understanding about various concepts and finally I became eligible for practical experience.... :)

[Welcome sign of San Carlos Beach.]

San Carlos beach is among one the most famous cold water diving beach in California. Yes, water here is very cold with temperature between 8-10 degree Celsius..... I started my preparation for dive, I wore 7mm tick diving suit which covered almost my entire body. Only my face was open. Yes.... This was my protection cover against cold water. Because of that suit, I was feeling like robot... Not just that, on top of that I have to carry oxygen tank and some metal weights for balancing purpose, so totally I was carrying around 18 kg weight on my shoulders. oh God.... so with all these weights I have to dive..... :) After all the preparation, I became ready for diving.

[Myself and Mike ready for diving.]

Finally with lot of excitement and little nervousness, I just recited "Om Namah Shivay" in my mind and started moving towards the ocean. oxygen tank was full and gauge was showing reading of 2400 and We can dive till it becomes 500. I was walking and recollecting guru mantra given by Mike, "Breath continuously and equalise your ear pressure at regular intervals as we go deep down."... Suddenly I kept my first step in water.....oops...oh... God... "This is water is so cold...!!!"... Mike said, "Sandy, follow me."... I said, "Yes" and started moving inside. we walked till water came to our chest and Mike attached duck fins to my foot palms. then he asked me to practise "equalising ear pressure and breathing". I did some practise. Now mike pointed me by sign that lets go deep inside and real action started.....

I adjusted my goggle, caught breathing pipe of oxygen tank in mouth and immersed head inside the water. Mike released air pressure in my jacket and for the first time I was totally inside the water. I was breathing through mouth and started moving ahead deep down but suddenly my goggle started leaking and I asked mike that I am struggling by my hand sign.... he took me out..... oops... failed.... I became bit nervous.... Mike encouraged me and he gave his own goggle to me and he took my leaking goggle. I again adjusted my goggle, oxygen pipe and immersed my head inside water. Again Mike released my jacket air pressure and I started going deep down..... Yes.... Now I was doing my things properly and I was totally comfortable.... Mike was checking my status regularly.

As I started going deep down, slowly I entered into the new dream world. Under water, The beam of sun light started dancing, just like disco light. Air bubbles which were coming out because of my exhalation were going up like parachute. As I moved deep, slowly actual ocean started, Now I could see many fishes around me. One small fish came very close to my head, as if he came to welcome me in their world... I wanted to go behind those fishes but mike used to stop me.... :) As I went to bottom at that point, there were many different star fishes with different colours and sizes, I took some of them in my hands.... ah... it was different feeling, then kept them properly. There were some crabs as well. I grabbed small crabs in my hand played with them but didn't touched large crab, as he could sting me. At bottom there were some big, very big rocks and couple of crabs were climbing on one of them. I felt as if today these crabs have came for hiking on this rock.... :) There were live shells and cones. At one point thought of looking for pearl into them.... :) Also there is forest inside water. There was kelp forest. Sometimes I was moving through creepers of kelp. I was having amazing time over there. Mike was observing my activities and after every 10 mins he used ask for oxygen gauge reading. I felt as if I am moving in dream, I could correlate entire system with our real world on earth. God your a great creator...!!! Usually during all the adventurous activities I feel great excitement but for the first time I was feeling deep calmness. I was over whelmed with emotions and playing with star fishes. Suddenly Mike asked me for oxygen gauge reading and it was 500. it was time to go back, else I will run out of oxygen. This world is so amazing, I don't want go out.... :( Finally with heavy heart I said "bye" to all my new friends....Myself and mike started moving up and slowly came to sea shore.

[Myself, walking out after completing dive.]

I started walking out with divine calmness and Happiness.... Environment on beach was very much happening with so many things but I was deeply immersed in my own world and murmuring one hindi song....

Boondon ke motiyon mein khul ke ehsaas aaya,
Waqt se nikal ke lamha dil ke pass aaya....
Chooke guzra tha par Dil ko na mehsus hua,
Ab jo dekha to woh lamha dil ko raas aya....


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  1. "Asehi gujare har ek lamha aapke jindagika...
    har ek lamheme chhupa ho ehasas khushi ka!!!"
    simply divine.....