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go diving • introductory • panicked
freak out • the surface • supposed to • shame
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30 Scuba Diving
Nicola gives her thoughts on scuba diving and talks about her first experience with it.

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went diving or introductory course

We went diving after an introductory course, and it was scary.

To 'go diving' is to get into the water in scuba gear and swim down deep to look at the fish and coral.  An 'introductory course' is a class that teaches you the basics of how to do something.  Notice the following:

  1. They went diving in Mexico last year.
  2. Did you take an introductory French course?


They kept telling us not to panic, but I did kind of panic a bit.

When a person 'panics' he gets very nervous, emotional or scared about a situation.  Many times when people are panicking they are not thinking in a rational way.  Notice the following:

  1. Try not to panic.  How can we fix this?
  2. She always panics if she is late going somewhere.

freaked out

There were two men on my course who freaked out and had to leave.

To 'freak out' about something is to get really nervous or stressed about it to the point where you are not able to react normally.  Notice the following:

  1. Do you freak out before a big exam?
  2. She really freaked out when she lost her job.

rose to the surface or supposed to

I rose to the surface quickly, which you're not supposed to do in diving.

To 'rise to the surface' of the water is to move from down deep in the water to the top where the water meets the air.  If you are 'supposed to' do something it is something that people expect you to do.  In the example, 'not supposed to' can be replaced with 'shouldn't.'  Notice the following:

  1. The ball rose to the surface in the water.
  2. She isn't supposed to chat on the internet.


It was a shame that I couldn't go diving anymore for the rest of the day.

Used in this way, 'is a shame' means something similar to bad luck or that it was sad that I couldn't do something. Notice the following:

  1. What a shame that you broke your arm during the summer.
  2. It was a shame you had to work and couldn't come to the airport.