There was a five year gap between these dives and the last ones. Really made me realise how bullshit that PADI qualification really is. Our refresher dive was an hour. I couldn’t remember the name of the ‘jacket thing’.
Yeah I did about 10 days diving in Borneo a few years ago. Really amazing - like you say being able to move in any direction like you’re flying is an incredible feeling really. Will never forget it.
One very annoying thing that happened though is that whenever I came up after a dive I’d find that my jaw had locked and then would click intermittently afterwards. Think a combination of subconciously holding it in a clenched position over the mouthpiece and the change of pressure? Anyway ever since I have a clicking jaw - sometimes so slight that I don’t notice it but often audibly and, um, feel-ably (?) clicking away when I chew etc. Really fucked off about it to be honest.
Did snorkelling in Egypt and it was pretty amazing, especially where we got to one place where we just sacked off the snorkels and held our breath to dive under. Could see myself enjoying proper diving, looks like a lot of hassle though.