Adventures In Diving Rather Than Motorcycling

Unlike the Underwater Dive Mistress I am a wiener when it comes to underwater activities. Discovering this was in fact a shock. In high school I wanted to be a marine biologist just so that I could scuba dive during working hours, so imagine my crushing disappointment when the first time I went snorkeling in Vietnam I had a full blown panic attack. Elation to heart palpations in 1 second. I ended up doggy paddling around and got my picture taken with the contraption on my face before calling it an illusion shattering day.

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Cue my brother’s wedding in Cuba. By this time the German was a part of my life, and he is very much an underwater tourist of the dive mistress (master) variety. He insisted that I try scuba, even went so far as to say it was easier than snorkeling. He stood in the pool with me until I was confident enough not to shoot back up as soon as I went under. Then our oh so kind scuba instructor declared I was ready.

It was an exercise in how not to learn how to scuba dive.

We trooped down to the water and instead of getting in a boat we swam out. Already I was out of breath and nervous at the choppy waves. We go under and I shoot back up gasping for air.  He takes my hand and promises to stay with me. We go down again and as soon as we are under the bastard lets go. Over and out, I was finished.  Much to the dismay of my uncle and cousins who were along for the ride, and had to swim back to shore with me, before swimming back out a second time to complete their dive.

Really though, would you expect much more form this person:

I thought that the underwater world was closed to me except from above:

And then on our last day in the Perhentian islands I allowed myself to go under water for one last try. (I had a near death experience the day before, but that is a subject for the next Chasing Summer article, I guess I was feeling brave.)

The amazing part –  we had a sit down session where they explained how scuba diving works. Then they took us out in a boat, but to water we could stand up in. And finally the dive began.

And it was awesome.

Minus of course making my dive instructor hold my hand the entire time…

…and refusing to go deeper than 5 meters. I had clown fish and parrot fish right where I was, no need to invite in the panic that was hovering at the edges of my consciousness in. Better to potter around with my underwater babysitter!

Once a wiener always a wiener!


About Sherrie

Sherrie was born and raised in Newfoundland, has her home base in Germany, and at any given time can be found just about anywhere in the world. Addicted to books, travel, chocolate and motorcycles, a perfect day for her is riding her bike followed by drinking good coffee and reading a good book or writing one.

7 Responses to Adventures In Diving Rather Than Motorcycling

  1. Tom says:

    You did it! I have never had the chance but would love to try it. Love to.

  2. Patrick & Sherrie says:

    It is awesome! So much better the second time around. I could never be a deep water diver though mind you, the fear was always at the edge of my brain. But if you get a good instructor I can totally understand how addicting it can become!

  3. Kerry feely says:

    Well done you for trying again! My favourite dives are shallow ones… You see so much more life, it’s warm and bright, and fun. Thank you for the mention, so glad you’re enjoying the blogs. X

  4. Kyle says:

    GOOD JOB! You did it, that’s awesome! Baby steps 🙂

  5. SherrieLynnMcC says:

    Thanks guys! Baby steps indeed! But I had a great time, not so sure about the dive instructor though. 😛

  6. Doreen Pendgracs says:

    Great blog! We both love exotic travel. I just like mine a little more luxurious!Good luck with your adventures.

  7. Patrick & Sherrie says:

    Being a Frommer’s author I understand you liking the travel a little more luxurious! Although I will admit I do not say no to pampering on the road sometimes! But I will never give up camping!

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