Hot blue skies
Denim shorts and tortoiseshell sunglasses
Black bikinis and suits,
Skintight wetsuits – suck it all in!
Salt on skin, bleached hair
Lounging in the hammock under the palms
Wind-sheltered cove but sharp blustery African sirocco on first day
Panorama of open sky, greybluewhite mountains, azure blue sea
Boats gently floating anchored at the jetty
Chilling out by the pool under the blazing afternoon sun
Curling up with affectionate orange tabby, brushing off cat hairs from clothes
Diving in paradise
Breathing underwater for the first time
Flooding the bloody mask!
Makis dive instructor – stump of left index never asked why
Cool, laidback, great tutor
All-OK signs, little jiggy in the water – praise for maneouvres well done
Blowing water rings
Sea urchins, moray eel, ornate wrasse, sea snail, sole, scorpionfish, shards of pottery
Class in session – videos, tutorials, questions, pool dive, shore dive
Studying on a holiday!
Don’t forget to equalize
Final 18m dive, sea tunnel, wall of coral, sheer drop
Driving the boat back to shore – sun on your skin, wind rushing through your hair
Going so fast oh the joy, the power! Not too near the rocks now
What is swimming after diving?