For many years I wanted to learn to scuba dive but like many other things in life it kept getting pushed off for one reason or another. One of my very best friends had started diving many years ago and seeing his photos and videos always ignited my interest, but I could never seem to fit it into my busy schedule. A number of years later I would meet my wonderful wife who was a certified open water diver and although she was certified and passionate about diving she hadn’t done much diving as life was always getting in the way.
Having a passion for diving and knowing the interest I had for it, for my 35th birthday she signed me up for the PADI Open Water Diver course. Needless to say I was super excited and couldn’t wait to jump right in. Over the next 6 weeks I did book work and pool dives in preparation for my Open Water Certification dives. My certification dives were to be done in a local quarry and it was still winter so they would have to wait a few months until the temperature was suitable. Being in Pennsylvania it can get pretty cold.
One thing leading to another, a baby on the way and traveling a lot for work I never went and completed my certification dives and a year later my opportunity to complete them without re-taking the entire class has gone and passed. After having another child and finally getting married my wife and I went on a cruise to the Caribbean for our honeymoon and decided to do a discover scuba since I wasn’t certified. The discover scuba really reignited my desire to get certified so I could do some real diving.
This lead to me going back and re-taking the Open Water Diver course. This time however was different. Although my wife was already certified she was SSI certified and I was taking the PADI course. She decided she would take the course with me so we could do it together and she would switch over to PADI from SSI. In between all of this we had moved so this round of training was with a different Scuba Shop that my first round or instruction. Ron our scuba instructor from Harrisburg’s West Shore Scuba was such a great instructor and mentor I now consider him a personal friend.
This really jumpstarted our passion for diving and has lead us to where we are today. We completed our Open Water Certification and a month later moved on to complete the PADI Advanced Open Water Certification and eventually to complete our PADI Rescue Diver certifications, and now move on to the PADI Pro path and become PADI Dive Masters.
I’m telling you this story because if diving is something that interests you, don’t give up! Life may get in the way and you may have some setbacks, but if you keep driving your passion forward you will find a way to get where you want to go. Diving is such an incredible experience and you deserve the grant yourself this privilege that so few get to experience.