Afloat in Belize

The WPC this week is “Afloat,” so I decided to share my rather scary trip in an open boat just off the coast of San Pedro, Belize. Hubby is a keen scuba diver, and this is the only time I’ve accompanied him in the dive boat. The night before, he showed me the boat we’d be going out in, just to reassure me. It looked quite comfortable, and I agreed to go, thinking that I could sit under cover and read my Kindle whilst he was doing his thing under water.


When we arrived the following morning, it turned out that as the weather was so nice, we were actually going in this much smaller open boat, which was a bit out of my comfort zone.


As we zipped through the waves at great speed, the skies began to darken and it looked like a storm was brewing, but there was no going back now. By the time hubby and the other two divers left the boat, the rain was teeming down, and I could hear ominous sounds ofΒ  thunder.


The divers disappeared under the water, so then it was just the captain and I. As the rainfall got heavier, and the boat heaved and tossed in the waves, I got a really good soaking. I knew there was going to be no reading done that morning, so I stashed my bag in one of the lockers, and prepared for the long wait. I have to admit that I was rather apprehensive and not a little worried, as I’ve never been out at sea in such a small craft, and now as I look at the photos, I’m wondering why, as a non-swimmer I wasn’t wearing a life jacket. It obviously never occurred to anyone that it might be necessary.Β  Much to my relief, the storm passed, the rain stopped and the sun came out, just as hubby and his dive buddies reappeared.


I got my photo taken with ‘Jack Sparrow’ (you can see how drenched I was), and off we sped back to the shore. My hat blew offΒ  on the way, and was afloat on the ocean waves, but the gallant captain insisted on chasing and retrieving it. It was quite an adventure, but one which I’m not sure I would want to repeat.


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84 comments on “Afloat in Belize

  1. My husband used to dive a lot when we lived in Florida but I only went out on the boat with him once. Thank goodness it was big, the sun was out, and I was safely watching without getting wet. I’m glad your story had a happy although damp ending. πŸ˜€

  2. Did they have a good dive though? Weren’t the waters murky?

    Come from a swimming family, but we used to put on lifejackets on the Norfolk Broads or on a speedboat out of Bridlington harbour! Oddly I dreamed about swimming last night. Started off with shallow water and suddenly I was rising and fallling with big swells.

    Never too old to learn to swim …

  3. Yikes Sylvia, that was some scary water adventure, so glad you and everyone else was okay. Great story and photos for the challenge…lovely photo of you with ‘Jack Sparrow’ and so glad you got your hat back πŸ™‚ xx

  4. I haven’t been on a boat in years, think I would have been very nervous! And, I think I would have been just as nervous if it was just me and the captain of the boat on board. Did you talk much? πŸ™‚ I’m sure the rest of your time in Belize was a breeze!

    • Oh yes, Belize is really fabulous for a nice relaxing holiday. The captain was really nice and yes, we did chat a bit. He was obviously a very experienced sailor, so I felt safe with him in charge. πŸ™‚

  5. I can see how frightening it must have been in this tiny boat when you were out there and the storm was brewing. Happy you stayed afloat! And if there is a next time…wear a life jacket πŸ™‚

  6. sounds like a really cool captain – and I like your take on afloat – funny how they changed the boat on you – but all ended well (and next time life jacket for sure…)

  7. You’re brave, I would have been in tears. Or sick. Or sick and crying. I learned to swim as an adult, still not an expert, but I recommend the local YMCA for adult classes. You know, for next time!

  8. I’m a good swimmer and this still would have made me nervous. We have a small boat and weather can change in a heart beat. We have raced back into shore more than once. Hurray for the hat saver. πŸ™‚

  9. Wow – an adventure indeed! I am amazed you have never got into swimming – can you at least keep afloat? If not, a couple of lessons by a pro and you’ll find it easy.
    Just like a flippin’ (heehee) husband, to go zooming off out of the rain and leaving you! πŸ™‚

  10. I can’t swim either. I think I would have passed when the smaller boat appeared. I’ll stick with the big cruise ships. If it goes down at least I would have enjoyed s great many luxuries. Great photos and BRAVO for boarding. πŸ˜€

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