As you are probably aware by now, sharing my love of the ocean with those who have not yet discovered it for themselves is one of my life’s greatest passions! Although I have been diagnosed with terminal cancer, thankfully I have been given permission by my doctors to dive as much as I can for as long as possible. During that time, I’m totally determined to share my obsession with the underwater world with friends, family and total strangers through my adventures on this blog, as well as by introducing quite a few to the planet’s greatest hobby in person.
Several months ago, Spunky Abe and I were kindly invited to dinner at our friends Monique and James’ house, and by the end of the night we had subjected them to an endless showreel of my underwater videos. ‘We totally have to do this for ourselves!’ they declared with bright and delighted eyes, and we promised that we would help to make it happen. (Here they are listening intently to the dive skills briefing, and all donned up, ready for their first underwater adventure!)
Not long after dinner with Monique and James, we attended the wedding of Abe’s friend Nick and his fabulous fiancé, Jen. We were delighted to see ‘Scuba Diving in the Open Sea. Together’ written in the Book of Dreams they had prepared for their life together.
Nick had dived a couple of times before, but Jen had not even been in a swimming pool since age 5 which had not been a good memory for her. Even contemplating this Discover Scuba dive was an enormous step for Jen, but one that she faced with courage, optimism and perseverance. (I think this picture of Nick and Jen belongs in a magazine ad for Discover Scuba 😉 )
Jen looked like a total dive shop mannequin as she practised her mask and snorkel skills while waiting for the show to begin! I had only met her once before as I congratulated her in her wedding dress, but we honestly have so much in common (including the fact that we are both doing our best to teach cancer some manners) and I already love this gorgeous girl to bits!
Despite hideous conditions at Rye Pier the previous day (when LP, Julie Bear and I elected to do my Dive 297 at Flinders instead under equally ick conditions), Sunday proved the perfect day for our four awesome friends to do their trial dive. The water was blue, relatively calm and not too cold, and it was so exciting to see all of our newbie diver friends having an awesome time in the water 🙂
They all did an amazing job. Jen took a massive step in conquering her fear of water and is looking forward to trying another dive in the future. Nick dived like a Total Pro and Monique dived like a Salt Water Princess. James totally cracked me up around every pylon, diving like a Turbo Clown. He was totally hilarious, zooming through the water and pulling all manner of underwater stunts, like barrel rolls and attempting to vanish like a magician behind a cloud of sand (he even did the Dive Dive Tongue Poke! 😛 )
I am so proud of James, Monique, Jen and Nick for how well they did their Discover Scuba experience. They all quickly learned the infamous ‘OK’ dive signal which they demonstrated at every opportunity, and all four have said they can’t wait to experience their next dive adventure.
If you have read this far and have not yet tried scuba, I strongly encourage you to give it a go asap, or at the very least, to put it on your Bucket List (unless you have sinus problems or some other valid reason for staying out of the water, in which case you might just be stuck watching all my videos 😉 ) If you are a diver and have not dived in a while, it might just be time to dust off your wetsuit and fins and treat yourself to some much needed Ocean Therapy.
As for me, I am a Diveaholic. It has been two full days since my last dive. Is it nearly the weekend yet???
Love and bubbles,
ps Tanks so much for reading this blog piece. While you’re here, why not check out a few more of my underwater adventures with great white sharks, sea snakes, manta rays and more!
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