I just booked my first scuba dive as a certified diver! We will be diving in the Underwater Museum near Cancun, and I can’t wait!
My husband and I recently earned our Open Water Scuba Diving certification in Key Largo, FL. While I enjoyed it, the circumstances weren’t great for a first dive so it didn’t exactly go as planned. First off, the conditions were really rough – about 2-3 foot waves. Maybe this is nothing for an experienced diver, but for my first time this seemed like a BIG DEAL! On top of that, I was battling a bit of anxiety about actually getting in the water, and a case of food poisoning on the second day (but that’s another story). I was still in a bit of disbelief that I was about to submerge myself in the ocean.
The Reluctant Snorkeler
You see, up until about 3 years ago I was TERRIFIED of open water. Literally, the thought of being in the open ocean horrified me. (I think I saw “Jaws” too young…thanks, mom. Just kidding – love you!) I even hated being on boats.
But then I had a breakthrough. To be clear, I had no desire or intention of having a breakthrough on this particular day, but it happened. I was in Maui with my family, and we booked a boat tour with snorkeling and whale watching included (Quicksilver in Maui in case you are looking for an awesome excursion). There were going to be 2 snorkeling sites: Molokini Crater and Turtle Town. I had NO intention of snorkeling. I made it clear I was staying on the boat. But my family kept egging me on to try it. Then my husband pulled out the big guns – he rented the underwater camera and insisted that now I HAD to go since he paid to document it. The next thing I know I was getting into a wet suit (side note: having the boat guy check you out then decide what size wet suit you need sucks…especially when he changes his mind mid decision and gives you the next bigger size)
I couldn’t believe this was actually happening. I.was.getting.in.the.ocean…on purpose! I won’t lie – I panicked a bit at first and gripped my husband’s arm till I almost drew blood. Once I stuck my face in and saw there were no sharks right below me I started to calm down. Then I started to get the hang of it…and it was exhilarating!
I was so damn proud of myself I don’t think I stopped smiling all day (the post snorkel mai tais on the boat probably helped with that too.)
The Next Chapter
This was a breakthrough day for me. Probably one of the best days of my life. It opened the doors for me to even consider scuba diving (a few years later). I completed my certification in October 2016, so this upcoming dive in Cancun will be my first as an “official” diver. I will post a full report after the dive.
What’s your favorite location to snorkel or scuba dive?