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"Entering the Sea World"
My husband and I are starting another adventure, scuba diving. At first I wasnt sure whether to go ahead with it, but eventually decided to. I am not comfortable swimming above surface. I took swimming lessons in college, but it was a real effort to thread and to swim continuously with the same style. I almost failed the class!
The first day of scuba, we took the first- of the- four series class, written and indoor diving. I thought I did OK considering my fear of sinking and not being able to breath. The instructor thought otherwise:-((He was just being honest and realistic.)
There were five students, including us and two instructors. After a written quiz, we all headed to the pool. Everyone had to demonstrate their ability to swim-200 yards, no time limit or 400 yards with snorkel and fins on. I was given a chance to do the latter, but failed. My swimming test was put on hold and I joined the group for briefing on the technical process. Then, we all went down the water with our scuba gear. The main instructor taught us some skills like what to do when we lose our respirator, when our snorkel is filled with water and when our tank is out of air. In this case, its very important to have the buddy system.
Like the instructor, I also have to be realistic. I cant expect to pass the licensing unless I become comfortable swimming. Meanwhile, I want to understand the process of diving.
I look at our angel fish and he looks happy in his space. The underwater is another world, off limit to human invasion but a world that humans can observe and enjoy visiting. With this line of thought I'm still hopeful to pass the class and enter the sea world.
I am comfortable being underwater as long as I am breathing with air. I am human after all.
Update: I did better the second day:-)
Notes: June 18, 2004
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