Most friends get to ask me sometimes to explain to them what drives this passion that all divers have about the diving, particularly, me. Especially after all those years lost without getting my gears wet. To certain extent it is one of those bucket list that could change people’s perception in many ways, not just through the training, but also by what ones see and experience underwater has this lasting effect on how people would experience the world above. It also, I believe, help strengthening characters and teach a person valuable life lessons.
Any dive never turns out exactly the way a diver plans. Dive the same site several times, and you’ll have several different encounters. Similar thing happens in a heartbeat with learning and training as a diver. One day, you're in a beginner with fears; next day, you're an experienced diver. One day, you are prepared for a trip; next day you start to arrange one for others.
But the memories of those pictures stay with you for the long haul. Divers remember a place, a training, a pool, an ocean, like a lot of other different oceans; a dive like a lot of other dives; with a friend like a lot of other friends.
And the thing is; after all these years, a diver still look back, with wonders.
Diving has always help people make some great friends. Of course, not every fellow diver you meet would become an instant best. Some people pass through your life and you never think about them again. Some you think about and wonder what ever happened to them. Some you wonder if they ever wonder what happened to you. And then there are some you wish you never had to think about again. But you do.
There was a time when the ocean was enormous: spanning the vast, almost infinite boundaries of your experience. Once you become a diver, you see things that the majority of the people of the world never get to see in real life. Those boundaries suddenly become just a thin fine line.
Most people I know feel that; at one point of their lives they would either wish they could have done a lot of things better in life. Diving gets you a chance to steal back that moment. The deeper you go, the more you leave your cares behind. All that matters at the moment is you and the silence. The thrill of descending down the line to the wreck, and then seeing it loom out of the blackness is just most impossible to forget.
I could not explain to friends; what's a wonder of diving.
Rather I’d say; diving truly is, a wonder.
The Author is PADI IDC Staff Instructor / Master Freediver Instructor