This came up in one of my classes and I thought I’d share it with everyone.
If you really want to make diving a regular part of your life, you need to find your “thing”. Think about scuba diving. Think about the best dives you’ve ever made. What was great about them? What got you excited while you were underwater?
- A new species of fish?
- A great wreck?
- A beautiful photograph?
The thing that gets your heart racing when you start talking about scuba diving, that’s your “thing”.
My “thing” is the technical aspect of diving. I love the computers, the logs, the analytics, and the feeling of having executed a picture-perfect dive. I am probably the odd one out here but that’s why I dive. (Well, that and cell phones don’t work underwater.)
I had a dive buddy when I first started diving whose “thing” was collecting sand. She had these little bottles and every time she traveled to a new location to dive, she would fill one with sand from that location. In her house, she has a shelf with all the bottles labeled and displayed for all to see.
My wife, the lovely and talented Kathy, loves to identify fish. We even got a camera just so she could take pictures, bring them back, and identify the ones she didn’t know by heart. Identifying fish is her “thing”.
What’s Your Thing?
The list goes on. There are as many “things” as there are divers. What they all have in common though is that each “thing” gives that diver a reason to make a hole in their schedule, book a trip, and get underwater. If you don’t have a thing, then you don’t have anything pushing you to dive.
I get it, a lot of people aren’t as passionate about diving as I am, but that’s okay. Your “thing” doesn’t have to drive you to dive every weekend. But I’ve helped enough people get certified to know that without a “thing”, you will move on from scuba to the next idea in hopes that it can be your “thing”.
Find your “thing” in scuba diving. Find the reason you love diving. It doesn’t matter if you love diving quarries or springs, off of dive boats, or shore dives like the beautiful Blue Heron Bridge, finding your thing will keep you diving regularly.
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