Imagine the open ocean. You have already been diving 6 times in the space of 3 days. Your tired, wired and now you are about to plunge yourself meters deep into the choppy, Ecuadorian sea at night. Pitch black. I mean, it’s exciting isn’t it? But hell, a little nerve racking too. I was completing my last dive, for my advanced PADI certificate. I had no idea what to expect, what we would see. All I had was a flash light strapped to my wrist, along with every other awkward bit of equipment a scuba diver needs. However, once I got down and deep, I can’t explain anything like it. All I can honestly say is, or maybe its just 1% similar to being an astronaut in the deep space universe.
Floating, swaying, swimming, kicking into black open space. It was incredible. A true Zen like experience. It’s so peaceful diving at anytime, but when it’s pitch black, with only the lights of plankton or the beautiful illuminated colors of coral reef your torch is shining on, this whole effect feels like you are in a different world. A different planet. A different trip. You are away from earth. From walking, from speaking, from light. It did not feel scary just unusual, but beautifully strange, unique and outrageous. Being able to breathe deep breathes of air, exploring the underworlds was one of the best experiences I’ve had to date. Like I said, I had no expectations, which is normally a good thing with doing anything new, as you breed complete experiences with nothing to compare it to. I can only imagine Space would be like this.
A great thing about it personally was it also made me feel like a real scuba diver. It made me felt like I’ve developed and achieved. This was my 16th dive over 4 countries, and it’s took some time to adapt, but this made me feel, that wow factor. For me the whole scuba experience is a form of freedom. To be able to float, at peace and explore confidently is something that is difficult to achieve in most day to day things. It really is the essence of freedom. The incredible colorful and florescent aqua life adds immensely to the whole experience. However, you just forget everything and explore something. As humans we are curious species, and why Scuba Diving is such a underrated activity in this world. To see a new life, right beneath us is incredible.
The good thing about diving at night too is that its productive. You have to think about it, its a challenge. You are looking for the weird and wonderful creatures that do not come out during daylight hours, that base their own life’s and existence on the dark of night. It’s productive, you feel you have some responsibility, almost something that not many people do. I could of done it again and again. It was really does make you forget about effort and energy, it opens your mind once more. It wasn’t about taking photos or selfies of yourself, it was really was just being there, experiencing this new type of phenomenon. That sense of adventure being fulfilled, with its partner of the unknown all together in pitch black.
At one point, all the divers gathered in circle on the ocean bed, switched our flashlights off and sat there in complete silence apart from the ripples of the deep underwater. Just nothing. We exist but we are nothing. Our eyes are open. We can breathe. We can feel. But we cannot see. We are not in pain, nor in struggle. We are just there. At the bottom of the sea. We are the ocean now.
Then came a surge of plankton. Beautifully. Silver-blue dots. Like fire flies underwater. This is our only sight. We flutter our hands with them, exaggerating their movement and glow. It’s like having a sparkle at Halloween but without holding onto anything. This was the best part of the dive. This was peace, which we all want. We swim again and not knowing what depths are beside us. Not knowing what life is under us. The current is strong and is the only contributor in our journey. Next minute you are being tossed, floated gently to another part of the ocean, with a cliff of coral to your left, and then bottomless pits to your right. But you are really in control. You have to be.
Ascending and descending was cool. You feel a sense of being born again. Rising up into the world. Into civilization, into the light where everything physical, spiritual and mental comes back into you within a split of a second. You hear the echoes of life above you as you rise, and before you know it, noise begins to present itself again. We entered and left a world of the underworld. With no light. We were the ocean, and existed with it.
Many thanks to our incredible instructor at Otro Mundo, Montanita for this. She was awesome with everything. Such an experience.