The sounds of clanking tanks and boat engines firing up to take us to the next dive site; the hiss of compressed air filling hoses and pushing the pressure gauge needle from 0 to 200 bar in under 6 seconds; the boasts of experiences and encounters from surrounding excited divers’ previous drops underneath the dive site we’re about to explore; And the sense of uncertainty as to what lies beneath the waves we’re about to descend into; This is what inspired me and many others to pursue diving as either a specialized hobby or, like in my case, to pursue a career around.
As a recreational diver, I’ve experienced hundreds of dives and not one the same. As a professional instructor I am privileged to pass on the learnings and experiences to a new generation that will possibly return to discuss all their discoveries over pints, laughs and a confidence one can only achieve from experience. It is a community that is based around a sport. Unlike any other sport, I have participated in this is one that brings people together from every walk of the earth and connects them with experiences very few have witnessed. The physics is the same. The animals similar and many identifiable in fish guide books. However, some are yet to be discovered and the way each was witnessed are completely unique to the individual. I am proud to be one of them.
Deciding to pursue the opportunities in diving and gaining the education that began with Dive Careers to continue exploring this world of diversity and pass on that knowledge to others was probably the best decision I’ve ever made. Involving myself into conservation efforts adds yet another element of education and exploration that can only be achieved with dedication, patience and a passion for our underwater environment. No matter where this profession takes me I will always be excited when I hear that sound of clanking tanks as I turn the corner and see the waters which are calling for me to explore.
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