I am definitely a water person. I have probably spent at least a year or two out of my life swimming in pools, lakes, rivers, and oceans. When we go on vacations to the beach or hang out at the pool, I spend most of my time in the water. So naturally, when I found out we were going to SCUBA on our vacation at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea I was more than a little excited.
The Discover Scuba experience at Gold Coast SCUBA was amazing! Brian was an amazing instructor. He started us off in a classroom in the back of the dive shop where we learned about our equipment and how to use it as well as safety precautions. After our written test we went to the pool over to the Windjammer Resort Hotel where we were staying to practice using our gear and perform safety drills. We practiced using and finding our regulator, using our BCD, clearing our mask under water, equalizing pressure in our ears, and various hand signals.
After demonstrating a base level of competence we headed down to the beach to explore the coral reef where we spotted a variety of marine life. As we approached the reef we began to see all kinds of bright and colorful fish, a stingray, an eel, and even a nurse shark! The whole area was just teeming with life. There were several types of coral at the reef, my favorite was the brain coral. There were also remnants of an old Spanish ship that wrecked in the 1600′s scattered about.
Out of all the vacations we have been on in the past 10 years this one was my favorite. I enjoyed my experience at Gold Coast Scuba so much I plan on coming back to complete the open water courses. The staff was amazing, the prices were great, and I wouldn’t even consider going anywhere else. I can hardly wait to get back in the water!
Disclosure: This post is part of a travel series featuring Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s Annual Family Fun Week. Our family was hosted in conjunction with an agreement with Traveling Moms promoting #LBTSevents. Our opinions of the services and products provided while on this trip are our own and honest. This post was written by my husband, James.