Open Water Dive Certification Week I: Dive and Trek, Anilao

Henderson Gold Core

What a weekend! I’m in the process of completing my open water diving certification under PADI (yay a blog!). I’ve always wanted to launch into the deep, so now that I have the time and a little more savings, I decided to invest slowly in dives. I dragged Juned into taking lessons under Jan Acosta thanks to MJ, a friend I’ve known since college. Here are three reasons why I made the choice to go dive:



Reason 1
Being the geek that I am, I invest in hobbies that are gear oriented. If I could fly out to space, I would. But since these visions of living the Star Trek dream won’t be accomplished anytime soon, it was a choice between going all out for airsoft or exploring new worlds underwater. Thus — scuba diving.

I availed of the promo in Nautilus, Makati — for P4,000 you get a mask, fins, booties and snorkel. I was also able to find a really nice wetsuit, a Henderson Gold Core for only P3,500.00. Forgot to buy gloves.

Jump shot!!!!!

Reason 2
One of the reasons I went into blogging was to get to expand my network. Anyone who’s known me from college or high school will say that I was introverted. Similar to blogging, the dive community is also interesting — people I would otherwise have never met in my professional life, I meet them during dives.


Reason 3
Well the third reason is really just so that I don’t take myself too seriously. Sometimes when we’re glued on the Internet, we tend to lose a bit of perspective with what really matters in this journey called life. I own an online business. I run the online edition of UNO. I contribute to a few foreign blogs. Really, it’s always good to get away once in a while and experience something truly different. I didn’t bring my MacBook (although damn you, HSPA for providing me with Internet through my phone!!! 🙂 ).

Even underwater, I still look sleepy

Thus far, I’ve completed four open water dives with a maximum depth of 60 ft. I’ve logged in a total of 2 hours and 48 minutes underwater.


Our instructor, Jan Acosta is a pretty interesting fellow. I guess the best way to describe him is that he’s a “Carlos Celdran of diving,” as he organizes dive tours in the Philippines and around the world. There’s one upcoming tour in Sipadan, Malaysia — a converted oil rig with the reef right below — P35,000.00 for 5 days. He’s also doing one in Palau (!!!) towards the end of the year.


P.S. — super thanks to Jules for the underwater photos!!!! My shots on the other hand were taken using, you guessed it, the Lumix LX3. 🙂

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

12 replies on “Open Water Dive Certification Week I: Dive and Trek, Anilao”

Perhaps I should re-invest in diving again. My license expired three years ago. Oh well, one hobby at a time. It’s back to my lenses and D40.

hey angel, the gold core is nice — 3mm yung akin. i got it from nautilus at a discounted price kasi old stock. really lucky. but you should visit the dive shop in pasong tamo — “300bar” because they are the ones who sell henderson. mahal nga lang pero ok!

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