My First Scuba Dive -Victoria Heckstall
My First Scuba Dive is intended to be a series of posts from guest writers and Master Divers folk too where they can share the wonder of their first dive. If you have a story to share please read the details at the bottom and you too could be featured! This one comes from Victoria Heckstall.
I must be honest, as a kid I was always a little bit tense around large bodies of open water. You know how it is – something brushes against your leg and you’re convinced it’s a shark (even though you’re in a lake) so you frantically swim and run and splutter your way to the side. At the time you think it’s fear that’s driving us, but as I grew up, I realized that I wasn’t afraid, I was actually getting a rush from being in the open water, an underwater world that was completely alien, and there for me to conquer.
As I got a bit older I started exploring the world of underwater sports. I was immediately struck by snorkelling, because I felt that I would have the freedom to do as I want without all of that bulky diving equipment on me. And yes, it was great. Snorkelling is an amazing experience, and one really does get completely carried away and immersed in the beautiful underwater world. The quiet, the sea so full of life, and my almost voyeuristic presence in the water infected me with the urge to go further and explore more. The limitations of my body were holding me back from what I really wanted to do. I wanted to be able to dive deeply without that pain in my ears, or the need to constantly come up for air.
Scuba diving was the next step for me, but I was a bit apprehensive about all of the theory and exams that I would have to face. I put it off for a few months, and looking back that was the worst thing that I could have done because it kept me away from the water for longer. I eventually got stuck in, and learning the theory alongside practical experiences made things a whole lot easier. Before I knew it I was ready to take my test, and just like that I was a qualified diver!
It is difficult to explain the emotions of my first real dive experience. All of the theory that I had learnt was flowing through my mind, and I was a bit apprehensive that I might forget something, but as soon as I hit the water, I felt at home. The elation of that feeling, of finally having the ability to explore the hidden world below the surface, is surely the most addictive thing on earth.
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