here's a question - when you started diving, did you see it turning into the sort of obsession that most of us here seem to suffer from/enjoy*?
*delete as appropriate
for example - i joined my uni dive club after a try dive on holiday, but to be honest i wasn't really getting into it.... too much other stuff happening at the same time really. didn't look like i'd ever make the effort to get in the water, and i probably would have quietly dropped it
i was lured to the AGM with the promise of free cocktail (and nasty stuff it was too). i got hideously drunk, and fell victim to a plan amongst the male members of the club to vote the girls wearing the skimpiest clothing onto next year's committee.
so i woke up the next morning with a terribly hangover, and a vague memory that i had been voted in as president of the dive club....
and never looked back from there! i really got into it, started going on trips, made a load of friends, and basically my life would be very different now if i hadn't gone along that night - and i was very close to not going.
3 yrs (just) first year on holiday in August 2001 4 ow dives,
loads of pool dives until Easter 2002 - 6 dives in Lanzarote.
August 2002 - 8 dives in France, then I bought a dry-suit, it just went silly after that couldnt (cant) get away as often as I'd like (which would be every week!) not enough money or time
. Now if I win this weekends lottery it will be a different story. But I'm happy to dive in the UK until then.
I've only been at it for 2 years but I knew it would be an obsession because I'd wanted to do it for as long as I can remember. I guess some of us just feel an urge to be in the water. Not to mention the naturalist pleasure of viewing all the living things down there - fantastic.
Trouble is, it spills over into all the kit as well - I even find myself taking my gear apart and lovingly cleaning it! Geek alert!
<font color='#000080'>Well, I started in 1996, about as young as they'd let me. Parents didn't want to pay for the course, but when I explained the 8 til 6 schedule during the summer holidays for some reason I was booked up very hastily!
It was a great experience for a 14 year-old, and I'm very grateful to my parents, without whom none of this would have been possible. I'd like to thank the kids, for believing in me....
Anyway, I would like to offer a reminder. Just because I'm young, doesn't mean I'm stupid. The fact that I am has nothing to do with my age.
I always get the "so what do you do?" question off the novices, most of whom are very surprised when I tell them I'm a 3rd year undergrad (because I look like I'm 30 apparently). They sometimes don't believe me, but when they do, the next question is always "How long have you been diving?". The answer usually reassures them. I usually then go on to explain why diving for 7 years counts for diddly squat, and how experience is really evaluated, but they have faith that I've been doing this a while, and that keeps them reassured.