After getting rotten news about my health last week, it seemed more than appropriate to cross ‘Introduce My Baby Brother to Scuba’ off my Bucket List today, before I begin palliative treatment on Tuesday. My best buddy LP put a lot of work into helping make this happen, and I cannot thank him enough for his super-star effort. Here’s a picture of LP, Nathan and me right before our amazing dive under that pier …
To make the event even more special, my beloved dad Kirby and gorgeous step-mum Nancy decided to show up at Flinders Pier to surprise my brother for his first dive and to take some topside pictures for us. Just as Nathan uttered the words ‘I wonder what dad is thinking about all this right now?’, Kirby and Nancy appeared unexpectedly right before his eyes, as excited and proud as any parents could ever be.
What a perfect day to dive Flinders! Weedy sea dragons everywhere, a massive school of trevally, a Port Jackson shark, Shaw’s cowfish and so much more to see. Other divers reported seeing the resident draftboard shark and a huge cuttlefish out at the wreck. My little brother did a fantastic job at his first ever dive and came out of the water with a massive smile on his dial.
It has always been my greatest passion to share my blissful underwater world with others – to show them all the beauty I am so blessed to experience every time the ocean calls my name. I have been incredibly privileged to dive with LP most weekends over the past two and a half years, and our dives are always simply amazing, rejuvenating my tired body and washing all troubles away from my mind.
But this dive was truly one for the record books. I am always happiest when I am underwater, but today, sharing this incredible underwater world with my little brother for the very first time was the pure definition of happiness. Welcome to my world, Babe – you TOTALLY rocked your Dive 1!
Love, bubbles and a good measure of bliss,