Dive 280: Short and Sweet, Like Life Itself

Dear Critters,

Is every dive extraordinary? No. And yes. This question is like asking, is every day extraordinary? Or is every breath extraordinary? Of course they are.

Some days and dives and breaths are more memorable than others, for reasons both bad and good. But a dive is a dive. And a day is a day. And a breath is a breath. And all are limited in number, whether we have been forced to live daily with this knowledge or not. Every dive and breath and day – no matter how ordinary or challenging or underwhelming –  is a precious and extraordinary blessing that should never be taken for granted.


I have always said that, for me, one minute underwater beats a year on land (which I suppose is a bold and bizarre statement from someone who has been told they have less than a year to live). By this definition, yesterday’s tiny dive at Flinders Pier (which was unexpectedly shorter than the time it took to assemble our gear and get into the water) was still better than 20 years on land.

Extraordinary. Even though I didn’t have my beloved camera which is currently being repaired. Even though the camera I had borrowed didn’t contain a charged battery.(Thankfully, my best buddy LP got a few brief snippets of footage for us to share – please check out his excellent blog at http://www.oceanandtheearth.wordpress.com  🙂

Even though the sun didn’t start to shine until just before we were forced to abort the dive prematurely due to a technical issue with an expensive piece of gear …

Even though we didn’t get to see any draughtboard sharks or cuttlefish or massive stingrays or octopuses …

As always at Flinders, we managed to spend a little time with the resident weedy seadragons, including males carrying hundreds of pink eggs along their tails (see attached photos from 2012), and a few that had sadly lost their tails altogether to crabs or fish that were hungry for those eggs.

Yet despite their disability, those stumpy little, tail-less dragons continued their lives as usual. Losing a tail is not the same as being devoured whole. Even without a tail (and in my case, living with a diagnosis of terminal cancer), every moment of  life is a gift to be lived, rather than lamented.

This dive was extremely short (just 20 minutes as opposed to our more usual underwater play-time of more than 100), but gliding through the underwater world is always sweet. None of us ever know how many days or dives or breaths we may have left. This makes each one extraordinary and a blessing to be celebrated.

Love and bubbles,

PT xxx

PS Tanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog! 🙂 While you are here, feel free to check out more videos and photos from some of my other underwater adventures … and don’t forget to like Pink Tank Scuba on Facebook!

PPS Stay tuned for more videos from my recent trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea – coming soon! 😀



19 thoughts on “Dive 280: Short and Sweet, Like Life Itself

  1. Yes my friend, a dive is a dive is a breath that is life. Not everything is what we want, but then that does not mean that we cannot get what we need, and most certainly the opportunity to see Flinders light up and have sunlight magically dance across the sand almost bringing it to life, well that was nice. LP 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • So true, LP. It inspires me that every time we dive under a pier, you wish for whales but can be satisfied with sunlight dancing on sand 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’m so glad the sun finally shone yesterday. Tank you once again for yet another magical dive (albeit a different, more fleeting and subdued kind of magic …) 🙂 🙂 🙂 – LF

  2. PT,
    I am always so amazed by your tenacity and your strength and faith. I know that is what keeps you going and it is what will keep you going! Your love of diving will also help that too! You appreciate every moment, and that is what is important. It is too bad that we all don’t do that until something catastrophic happens to our lives. You are such an inspiration and I just love you even though I don’t know you, but what I do know is I would love to be your friend and sit in the boat while you are in the water…. it would take a lot to get me in the boat! I absolutely enjoy every one of your dives and it is so good of you to share them with us! I will now be sharing them on my blog and my website, likepreciousfaith,info, (working bugs out right now but it is WordPress based) and I feel that your posts are applicable for both. My blog is political and sometimes they just need to stop and take a breath and enjoy your dive, but the inspirational aspect is applicable for the ministry site so I hope you don’t mind me reblogging.everything on your site! 🙂

    Love and faith and prayers, PT, and bubbles
    Rhonda Radandt ~ Wisconsin, U.S.A.

    • Dear Rhonda, thank you so much for your sweet, kind, loving and encouraging words. I am truly pleased to have met you through our blogs and to think of you a lovely new friend 🙂 Tank you so much for always taking the time to nourish my soul with your words, and for kindly sharing my posts to your blogs. I feel really honoured that you believe they are worthy of sharing. I would love to have you sitting on the boat or pier while I am underwater, but in a way, my photos and videos are my way of taking you right under the surface with me 🙂 I am so thrilled to have you along for all these amazing dives via these blog posts. I hope you have a wonderful week, friend – may it be full of much joy and many blessings. Lots of love and many bubbles, PT xxxx

  3. Reblogged this on My Soapbox and commented:
    Such an inspirational breath of fresh air in the midst of all the ugliness going on in the world. I hope you find this a pause for you in the midst of it all and show you that life still goes on even if it is been deemed terminal.

    • Hello Stranger! Tank you for your kind words. I am travelling fairly well at the moment and just trying to figure out where to dive next 🙂 Hope your life is bringing you abundant joy! Love and bubbles, PT xxx

    • Hi Brook, I would love to try free diving one day – maybe I will do a course here in Australia. I would soooo love to dive at Kona with the mantas at night! You are very blessed to live in such an incredible place, surrounded by such beautiful ocean! I have never been there (yet?), but I have quite a few friends who live in Hawaii. I hope you get to try scuba soon – it’s out of this world! A lot more gear than free-diving, but the extended time under the surface is probably worth it 🙂 Happy free-diving, friend – say hi to all the lovely Ocean Critters of Hawaii for me! Love and bubbles, PT xxx

    • I really really really wholeheartedly agree, drkottaway! I took up scuba much later in life than I wish I had, but it changed my world, my perception of the world and my place in it so completely. I encourage you to find a local dive shop (or like I did, go on a vacation to somewhere with beautiful water) and do a ‘Discover Scuba’ introductory dive or an Open Water course that will qualify you to dive any time you choose. I’m excited for you! Please let me know how it goes 🙂 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

      • Gotter get my lungs healed from pneumonia in June before I breathe underwater from a tank….. anything really aerobic makes me short of breath. Adding to bucket list!!

      • May healing and health be yours today, drkottaway. May your life be filled with blessings and joy in abundance. May your Bucket List bring you much joy but never become empty … and may it include the most incredible underwater dive experience, someday not too far away! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Love and bubbles, PT xxx

    • Tank you for always being such a kind and encouraging presence, ZebraKat. May life, bliss, joy and peace be yours in abundance! Love and zebra-striped bubbles, PT xxx

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