Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Captain Caleb Batson.....a fellow diver.
When I saw this picture it reminded me of the first couple of days when you are on a dive boat with the same group of people. The first day everyone is a little stand offish but by the end of the couple of days the interaction is so much more relaxed and fun. Maybe it is because we have shared peeing in our wetsuits, taking our masks off and having a face full of snot or maybe it is just sharing the amazing dive sites together. Whatever the reason, I have never felt more closeness with a group of strangers than I do after a day or two of diving with strangers.....who quickly become friends.
Since we only do customized and individualized scuba training, I am often asked, "What if I want to train with a buddy?" The answer is easy....sure you can. When we have two people who want to train together, we just add an additional instructor for the pool and underwater portion of diving.
Many of our customers just take the training by themselves. By the end of their certification hopefully they will have met with some of our former students and found a good reliable buddy to dive with.
We encourage our students to take continuing education classes, not only because additional training is a great thing for a diver, but because it also allows them to meet fellow divers who might become future dive buddies.
Did you take your certification classes with a buddy or alone?
I normally come up from a dive very, very relaxed and happy. Every once in awhile I am on a dive with someone who simply has to touch everything and that completely ruins my dive. Even when you point it out to them they just can't help themselves and continue to touch and harass the sea life. What do you do when you see someone who just can't stop touching?
Have you ever run smack into a smack? Ok, that was bad. But who knew what a herd of jellyfish was called! I never touch anything underwater but I like to be able to wear gloves so when I am surfacing I can push a jellyfish away from me when I am trying to get to the ladder of the boat or if I am just floating on the surface. How about you? What do you do when you encounter a jellyfish?
While I have not traveled the world extensively, I have to imagine these sites would have to be mind blowing good to top Roatan Honduras or the Keys. Did your favorite dive sites make the list?
Cocos Island Costa Rica Video Of Tiger Shark attacking a turtle. The good news is that the turtle skillfully escaped. Thanks to Undersea Hunter Group.
I have seen first hand how someone can be really involved in an activity and start dating someone who isn't into that activity...bye bye activity.
I used to dive with a guy who was working to become a scuba instructor. At the time we met, he was dating a diver. That relationship ended....we saw him ALOT. But then he started dating a non-diver and now we rarely see him. I know he is happy now and ultimately that is the important thing.
I can't imagine have a SO (my much younger staff tells me significant other is the new term to use) who doesn't dive. You would have to be away from them on weekends and dive trips and training. I can understand where someone dating a diver would get frustrated.
But I also can't imagine giving up diving...for anyone. I don't have children....perhaps if I did I would give it up to be with them more....but for anyone else.....I don't think I would give it up for anyone.