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Scuba Diving: The Interview

Our NAUI Course Director Mr George Lee Leng Teck was interviewed by Fitness Sutra.Com in July 2010.

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Scuba Diving: The Interview

Written by Bilal, 12 July 2010

Meet Mr. George Lee L. T. a diving instructor

Ever thought of diving deep into the ocean, see the magnificent colours of life underneath? Now you obviously can.

Back then, scuba diving was only meant for the military and those who carry out maintenance under the ships. As time goes on, people discovered many treasures under the seas. Among them is the beauty of corals, reefs and animals. Thereafter, this became a sport both for leisure and enthusiasts.

It was a great opportunity to meet a dive master, Mr George Lee. I managed to ask many questions which might assist those of you interested in joining this exhilarating water sport. Before we get in depth to scuba diving here are some basic information you want to know about George. This will ease your transition to scuba diving should you want to participate.

George Lee:

More than 27 years of experience in the field

Started the aquatic school in 1981

Owns a school and store retailing/renting swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving apparels

Teaches and provides basic to advance swimming, snorkelling, scuba personal equipments

 

What encouraged you to pick up this sport? Do share with us how can a beginner can start up.

During my teenager days, I participated in many water related activities. I learnt about basic water rescue and swimming. Snorkelling and scuba diving involves many safety matters and there was a need to educate people on safety. Along with time, I began to explore into scuba diving and I fell for it. You do not only get the benefits of swimming underwater. Scene under the sea is magnificent, with colourful corals, reefs and animals.

Most people think scuba diving is an easy sport and tend to overlook safety precautions. A minority who active in the sport also sacrificed safety over comfort. This will only heighten the risk to catastrophe. Those who are keen to take up swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving should know the basics first. A qualified instructor should be hired to ensure proper foundation is instilled.

What can your school provide to inculcate starters or existing in the sports?

Our instructors are accredited by the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) which bears the motto ‘Dive Safety Through Education'. This professional body started in the 50s with training conducted by underwater demolitions experts from the U.S Navy Seals. Instructors trained with the NAUI have to gain knowledge in various situation and leadership. This do not limit to qualification and judgement skills.

For beginners education in this field is important even if it is a basic programme. Accidents can be avoided when a person knows how to deal in a grave situation and particularly avoiding it at the first place.

Our school provides lessons such as the swimmer saver programme that teaches the basics of swimming and life saving skills. They will be trained how to react in chaotic situation and rescue a drowning person effectively.

Gear for skin diving

For skin diving, beginners will be trained in the diving methods, securing and calculating weights for the weight belt. They will also learn about the diving techniques without the Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA). Instead a snorkelling method will be taught to breathe underwater. Learners are also taught to manoeuvre in the water using the fins, equalizing the ears against pressure and clearing the mask due to flooding. These skills will be acquired at the swimming pool where mistakes can be spotted easily and perfected.

Techniques for wearing the SCUBA

A person would be needed to sit in for theories lessons and tested when they want to take up scuba diving. This is necessary to ensure a person is well equipped with the basic knowledge on safety, equipments and gears. Following that, practical lessons will be given in the pool. This time, learners will learn to don their SCUBA and learn in depth to using it. Besides that, safety equipments such as the ‘sausage’ marker for indication will be shared. All participants are instilled to have buddy system, be it during training or in the open waters. This is very important, cases of emergency such as diver entangled in fishing net, a buddy can get help before rescuing the distressed.

Surface and underwater markers            

After a person has gone through the basics above, where can they go for open water snorkelling or scuba diving?

In Singapore, the southern waters are more favourable. This is due to commercial fishing and restricted areas in other parts. There are few spots in Singapore for divers to enjoy the underwater scene.

If you are not qualified, you will need a qualified diving master or instructors to be there during your dives. Equipments such as the wet suit and SCUBA can be bought or rented. A boat is necessary when you want to dive in deeper seas. Like I have said, divers should take precautions during their dive. There are many dangers from jellyfishes to sharks to the propeller of a boat. Therefore, when all safety are met, your trip will be a memorable one.

Does your school organise events so people can dive in open waters?

Leeway Sub-Aquatic also has a Dive Resort at Pulau Aur, Mersing Johor, Malaysia. It is a fantastic getaway for everyone, individuals or families. There are many activities to be done there ranging from water, fishing, children to hiking activities. The wooded setting and atmosphere will really get you laid back- perfect for escaping hustle and bustle of city life. You can enjoy skin and scuba diving in open waters. Those who are not into water sports can go for guided trekking behind the resort.

Pulau Aur's beach

People also purchases swimsuits, wetsuits to scuba diving sets from us. For those who seldom dive, we rent out gears to them.

Do you have any advice for our readers?

No matter what sports you participate, your basic knowledge of it must be strong. Do not compromise safety for other factors. When nothing happens, everything will be fine. When something happen, you might not even have what you find.