For Vance’s birthday, we finally took the Discover Scuba I’d been putting off since Christmas. Although, I’m pretty comfortable snorkeling now, the thought of being submerged 30 feet under brought panic and terror. Turns out, as the instructor pointed out, it was all in my head.
We used Island Divers in Hawaii Kai, since my sis Elise and Carl had a great first time dive experience with them back in November. They were super friendly, amazingly patient and didn’t take “I don’t think I can do this” for an answer.
I tried to back out after I was seated on the swim step, but they strapped on my vest, tossed me in, had me do my scuba skills test and didn’t give the option of getting back in the boat. Thank goodness!
We completed two dives, one 20 minutes and one 40 minutes. Granted I was stuck to the instructor like glue “Don’t Die…Don’t Die. There’s a fish, a rock, I don’t care…Don’t Die. Let’s Swim and breathe and live…” It was a wonderful experience and if Vance had a bucket list, this would’ve been at the top. Something he’s talked about doing for MANY years!
Not sure Vance will go on to be certified, since we won’t always live in idilic Hawaii, but he’d definitely do these introductory dives again. If anyone, (cough, cough) future guests or Quinn, is interested in a dive buddy.
And a huge mahalo to Papa and Noni, who not only watched our boys and fixed things around the house, but cleaned our house while we were diving. We are so blessed!