Hi all. Thought I'd stop by and check out the scuba team.
I started diving 10 or 12 years ago. I snorkeled before that on vacations to the Florida Keys. Sometimes there would be divers on the boat. It looked cool but kind of intimidating, but I loved the water and snorkeling and when my husband said he was going to learn to scuba dive whether I did it or not, I took the challenge.
I should add that I have very limited upper body strength and mobility due to a "birth defect". I don't have bicep muscles and I have very limited muscles overall in my hands and arms as well as structural abnormalities. I was never good at sports, but I loved the water and my parents often called me a fish because I never wanted to get out of the water in the summertime.
My biggest issue with divng was with the equipment. I wasn't sure if I could handle it. I knew that I was unable to put my mask strap on by myself. I went and talked to the instructor at the local dive shop and told him what my limitations were and he told me he would get me certified.
So...he called PADI and asked what the specific requirement was regarding putting on the mask and they said that the rule simply said that you had to be able to place the mask on your face and clear (I could do that) and that it did not say anything about being able to put on the strap.
And I got certified. I've made over 300 dives and I still can't put the mask strap on by myself (that's what buddies and dive staff are for) and I have had my mask strap come off at 90 feet (no big deal even when no one could re-thread it and I completd the dive without a mask).
Diving is the 1st sport I have ever been good at and it has been and continues to be a very strong motivating factor to get and stay fit. There have been occassions in the past couple of years when I thought I might never dive again because I was so fat and out of shape. Today, I'm looking forward to a trip to Utila, Honduras in April. I weigh 37 lbs. less than I did at this time last year and I've been working out regularly since I joined SparkPeople in August.
I can't imagine a vacation without diving. I hope to be doing it for many more years. I love SparkPeople. It keeps me on track and honest about my habits.
If we can be courageous one more time than we are fearful, trusting one more time than we are anxious, cooperative one more time than we are competitive, forgiving one more time than we are vindictive, loving one more time than we are hateful, we will have moved closer to the next breakthrough in our evolution.
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