Diving Solo is not a Star Wars character27/08/2018
I love diving. Like, love diving. I love diving so much that I decided to try and make a career out of it. Sounds amazing, right? Well, don’t envy me, ‘cause you can absolutely join me.
If you’ve ever been diving, you’ve probably met a Divemaster or two, but do you know what a Divemaster really does? I know I didn’t at first. A Divemaster is sort of like the dive host or hostess and is the first level of going pro. It is our job to welcome you into the shop, show you around, maybe help get you fitted into your rental equipment, brief you on things like logistics for the dive and the dive itself, AND THEN SHOW YOU THE COOLEST STUFF UNDERWATER EVER. Gasp! Sure, there’s a little labor involved. Its totally our job to make sure everything runs smoothly from start to finish, that you’re diving at a safe depth and that you don’t run out of air, but to be able to share the wonder, beauty and awe that lies beneath the surface is more than worth a smidge of responsibility in my mind.
Now if that doesn’t sound like a ridiculously awesome way to make a living, I’m cancelling our friendship.
Question: have you ever heard Thomas Edison’s quote about opportunity?
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks a lot like work.”
Uh oh. The W word. I’m going to put all my cards on the table now, because earning your Divemaster IS work. Hard work. Stressful work. Crying, questioning everything work. It is one of the most challenging things I will probably ever do…but also one of the most rewarding. I seized the opportunity, knowing the ultimate benefits and if you have any inkling at all to do the same, do it. Take it. Chase it. Life is short. I pulled the trigger on my dream, you can too. Yes, you will be tested, and yes, you will be tried. You will be exhausted to the point of falling over. But you will emerge victorious, ESPECIALLY if you have an amazing support system to help you through. Forgive the brag, but my dive mentors, Meghan and Gareth were incredible. Yeah, they pushed me, but they also loved me and supported me, and gave me the strength and energy to persevere when mine was waning. They made me the best Divemaster I could possibly be. I’m so lucky to have such a talented and experienced dive duo cheering for me and I’m so lucky to call them mine.
Now I don’t actually know where this certification will take me, but at the very, very least, I am a safer, smarter diver, because I understand the physics, the mechanics, and the why we, the pros, do things in a certain way. I am a more prepared diver in case of emergencies, ‘cause they happen. I am a better, kinder diver to an environment that is so precious and so fragile. And I am also a wicked cool and confident dive buddy and big sister to you and yours if we dive together. A decent paying gig would be the cherry on top, but if these skills are all I ever walk away with, I still win.
To all the future Divemasters, I can’t wait to see you out there.
Hugs and High Fives,