Dr. Peter KWONG’s fascination with scuba diving and the world beneath the water began 17 years ago “I was in Hainan Island in the summer of 2002 to try my hand at scuba diving.” What greeted him below was unforgettable - it was littered with colourful reefs and beautiful fish of different types. “There were so many critters of varying shapes and colours,” he recalls. “I was hooked.”
After returning to Hong Kong, he and his wife took up diving lessons and in that same year, he became a certified diver.
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Dr. KWONG, a surgeon, had been snorkelling since he was eight years old and learnt all about equalising the ear pressure - an important trait for potential divers. “With snorkelling, you are limited to one breath each time you go underwater, and then you have to come up again to catch another breath. But with scuba diving, the oxygen tank on your back gives you almost limitless time to explore the sea.”
Vacations for Dr. KWONG, his wife and daughter, almost always involve scuba diving. They would travel to diving hotspots in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
“I’m addicted to scuba diving. I love the sun, the sea and the tranquillity beneath the waters. Diving is the place to experience weightlessness, that’s why they train astronauts in water.” And he especially loves drift diving, that is when he is transported by water movements caused by tides or ocean currents. “You feel like superman ‘flying' in the water.”