This came up in class recently 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”.
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 under water.)
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 doesn’t know by heart. Identifying fish is her “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, that’s ok. 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. Then get out there and dive.
I hope to see you on a boat soon!