Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Learning to Dive

As the Cartoonist Phil from Shaaark puts it, "Life should be simple and deep, not shallow and complicated" 

Learning to dive can make that happen for just about anyone. Learning SCUBA can give you the freedom to travel, meet new people, and escape from a hectic life. Fortunately GPS, email, cell phones, and laptops cannot work when you’re underwater. It’s only you, your dive buddy, nature, and the tranquil sound of your bubbles. Unless you have a full face mask with communications, you can’t even talk underwater. How calming is that? For me, it’s a form of nirvana. It's therapeutic. It's relaxing. It's surreal. It's diving. Something I can only do because of proper training; training that I could only get from a reputable dive shop with reputable instructors. 

At one point waaaay back when, if you were interested in learning to dive you had to be able to run a mile uphill in the snow in full scuba gear tank included, do 1000 push up while wearing a set of twin tanks in less than a minute, then drink 3 pitchers of beer and go win a fight. Well not really, but it sure did sound like that after all the stories I’ve heard about “back in the day”. When diving first started, we have to admit, it was an exclusive "Men's Club". But with new technologies, evolving social acceptance, better equipment, and more knowledge about it; diving has become obtainable by just about everyone. More importantly, it is safe for just about everyone. 

Learning to dive also gives you the ability and the excuse, to go somewhere new. Like a scuba vacation to Belize, Cozumel, Cayman Brac, the Red Sea, Florida Keys, Alaska, Great Lakes, Hawaii, Bahamas; just about anywhere there is a shore, you will find divers. And with proper training, you can be one of those divers. Just for clarification, a shore can be almost anywhere, not just the white sandy beaches someplace far away. It could be the 288 lake, Huntsville, Lake Travis, Corpus Christi; just about anywhere, near or far. 

That nirvana I spoke about earlier, I personally can obtain that feeling in a pool, or 288 lake. After a long rough day at work or home, a dive can do the trick to get a smile back on my face. All I have to do is grab my dive gear, a scuba tank, and off I go to the bottom. I don't even have to swim around down there. I can just sit and watch my bubbles for hours (or as long as my scuba tank will safely last), and I can escape.
To me, Scuba diving is a reality that helps me dream. 

If you or someone you know is interested in learning to dive, send them our way. We would love the opportunity to share our love for diving with someone new!

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