It has been about four months since we were last underwater. It was the start of Master Rhoody getting back to the water after his diving accident in Siquijor. However, COVID-19 decided to pop out of no where an causing a global pandemic. It has been a tough four months of isolation and quarantine. We did get one from time to time, but it never felt normal anymore.
I really miss the ocean and the sound of the waves. The neoprene against my skin and the bubbles going out of my regulator. Seeing the underwater world closer than most people do. I miss the unfunny clownfish along the Dauin reef and the hungry turtles in Apo Island. The worst part of it? The whole season of summer was wasted and not a single dive nor a swim was made.
Modified General Community Quarantine – Key to the Water?
Thankfully after three months, the community quarantine in Dumaguete City & Negros Oriental was downgraded to MGCQ (Modified General Community Quarantine). This is the lowest form of community quarantine in the Philippines. Of course, certain regulations from the Local Government Units (LGUs) will still be followed on top of the general rules. According to the Executive Order No. 35 Series of 2020 c.1 The Negros Oriental IATF-EID allows the LGUs to regulate domestic tourism activities, i.e. scuba diving and other activities, in their respective localities subject to their local health and safety protocols and guidelines. Will the MGCQ be our key of getting back to the water while under quarantine?
Lockdown Diving in Dumaguete
Okay…spoiler alter, we didn’t actually go scuba diving. However, Dive Monsters Senior made this wonderful video of some of out underwater adventures together. Included in the video are sea snake, clownfish, pufferfish, fish fish, pipefish, seahorses, jackfish, and of course turtles.
Watch the Lockdown Diving below:
Hopefully, the Dive Monsters can get wet again and go scuba diving. We are really excited to get back underwater. Are you?