Ever since I was little girl, I heard epic tales of my Dad swimming with whales in Australia or sitting in cockpits of planes sixty feet (AKA 20 meters) under the water. I received my Open Water certification at the earliest age that I could, thirteen years old.
Kevin was certified in a cold quarry in the middle of October (and experienced extreme vertigo) in order to prepare for diving on our honey moon. It was basically an ultimatum to marrying me, but nonetheless he now shares a similar enthusiasm for diving.
I also value that it is truly a family passion with my Dad, Mom, Ben and Kevin being certified scuba divers and, Clinton being crazy about swimming in the ocean.
Why Do I Love Scuba Diving So Much?
2. It’s a sense of zen that I get from nothing else (even yoga). Just hearing your breath going in and out. I typically switch back and forth from focusing my attention on the entire scenery to drilling into two fish playfully chasing each other. Check out this video of us going through a swim through.
3. It’s a sense of amazement when you hear about fish that go back to the same rock each time to break open a clam shell, fish that actually can change sexes, migration patterns of whale sharks or sea turtles that live to over 100 years old.
4. It’s a sense of excitement with 70% of our world is covered in the ocean and less than 5% has been actually explored.
5. It’s a sense of awe when you peer into the blue abyss. Rays of light stream down from the top and lose their power as it gets deeper and deeper.
6. It’s a thrill when you are descending down a line on a night dive. Everything is pitch black except what you can see with your flash light (torch for our Australian friends ;). Your heart skips a beat when you see a massive beams from a shipwreck with squirrel fish just chilling in the cracks.
The ocean and its’ millions of species is beautiful, powerful, and should be cherished.
Audra and Kevin Arendt: Digital Nomads, World Travelers, and Midwestern Americans. To learn more, see About.