Certification card in hand, I am now a PADI Open Water diver. I can honestly say that, this experience has been unlike anything else. How can you compare the feeling you get underwater…breathing underwater, with anything else? I’ll tell you: you can’t.
The water has always held a special place in my heart. From oceans, to rivers, to lakes, I’ve spent much of my time in and around water. But I can honestly say, this is different. Being a part of a small percentage of people that get to see 2/3 of the world that some people never will? Amazing.
When I was a kid, it was always a competition as to who could swim to bottom and touch the drain without getting caught in it, of course this was never actually a possibility, but for a kid, it was thrilling, an adrenaline rush even. It was a right of passage, to be able to touch the bottom at 13 feet and when you finally could do it, the big kids stopped calling you a wimp and you achieved bragging rights for the rest of the summer.
With diving, it’s not quite the same…but that thrill is still there, the desire to push my limits hasn’t gone anywhere, it’s just evolved into something bigger than my eight year old self could have ever imagined.
And I can take a guess and say it is, or would be a similar feeling for you.
So if you haven’t had the opportunity to breathe underwater, I highly recommend it. If you’re apprehensive, reach out, send me an e-mail, ask me questions. I decided to being scuba diving to learn as much as I can and help others along the way. Or if you have had the chance, but have had a hard time getting back to it, I suggest you take a second to remember why you started diving in the first place. If you're in the area, come dive with us, come talk about diving with us. There is nothing more motivating than talking about how much you love diving and being around divers to get you back in the water.
If this is the dive life, I can't believe it took me this long to find it.
*Just wait until you get to read the recap of my experiences getting certified, it was a fun...and pretty hilarious experience, if you need to learn a skill...laughing underwater is a pretty good one to have. Stay tuned for that later this week!