A girl who really loves swimming and all water activities is tempted to go diving, but the death of her father in a drowning accident while diving dissuades her.
Water, water, everywhere. Water was always a part of my life here in Canada, from swimming in the St. Clair River and Lake Huron, to swimming laps for many years in a pool. For swimming laps in a pool, I researched prescription swimming goggles, and came up with a great online store, seavenger.com. I chose between a pair of smoked lens prescription swim goggles made by TUSA, and another pair by Splaqua which are mirrored, polarized and prescription. I went with the latter.
I always thought of taking up diving. I always had one excuse or the other, then my father drowned in Vero Beach, Florida in 1990. He was a good swimmer, but the rip-tides got the better of him. After that, I didn’t need any excuses, and diving went out of my mind.
One day while getting my hair cut from someone who happened to be PADI Master Teacher Diver, she suggested I take up diving. I thought about it, since at the time I was kind of between jobs and was looking for something to do besides cleaning the house! I thought this should be easy! She gave me a video to watch.
I watched the video, studied my book and I got in. Had some troubles with buoyancy, the mask leaked etc etc, but I kept going. However my open water dive was a bomb!!!! Panic set in, mask leaked, BCD not a proper fit, all sorts of problems. Went home from trip in Ohio, and thought diving was not for me. The Gilboa Quarry is full of interesting things to see, including helicopters, planes, and cars, but really, there are more pleasant places to have your first dive experience.
However, my instructor called me and persuaded me to try again. So this time, off to the St. Clair River I go with fellow divers, right below the bridge, where the current is swift. Just before I jumped in I saw an image of my Father, like a guardian angel over me, and this time I knew it would all work out—it did, and I passed my Open Water Dive. I turned my passion into a business. I created a website named after my father. He was my guardian angel that day, and for that I am thankful, and and my website is dedicated to him.