Why I want to change my life and become a PADI Instructor.
Growing up, I’ve always loved being in the water. I’ve always loved to go to our National Aquarium in Baltimore to see all the exotic creatures that inhabit our waters.
When I got married, I took a trip to Aruba for my honeymoon. I got my first real chance to snorkel in water that was clear enough to see some distance in all directions. As soon as I put my face in the water, I was amazed! I saw things in person I never thought I’d see. Then it hit me. Holding my breath and swimming down to get closer was a futile effort. I needed more time underwater. I needed to be able to go down there where the fish were and swim around like they did. Snorkeling started my interest in diving…I just didn’t know it yet.
When I came back home I told my father-in-law about what I saw while snorkeling in Aruba. He told me he was a certified diver and I should go get myself certified. I made the decision to become a PADI Open Water diver soon after. I will never forget the moment I put a regulator in my mouth and went underwater. I realized right then and there that this is going to become a life long hobby and that my options of how far I could take this were limitless. I was venturing into something that can only be experienced to understand how exciting diving really is.
I soon raised my certification level to Advanced Open Water. I wanted to do more and more and learn what else diving had to offer. That same year I achieved my Advanced Open Water certification, and dive my first wreck in Key West, Florida. I dove the Camen Salvager off Key West in approximately 100 feet of water in my bathing suit with visibility of what seemed like miles. I simply loved it! I go down to Key West every year and always take my scuba gear. I never want to pass up an opportunity to go down and see what’s new. Every single time I go diving I see something in person that I’ve never seen before. I’ve been up close and personal to all sorts of sea life.
I believe that becoming a PADI instructor holds the ultimate keys to a complete satisfaction in this sport. By becoming an instructor, I feel I can do anything there is Scuba has to offer. Becoming a PADI instructor will allow me to get away from a desk job I’ve been doing for far too long. Since I’ve always loved to share my experiences with others, this too will allow me to not only introduce other people to this fantastic sport, but be able to teach people something that to most think is unattainable. Becoming a PADI instructor would enable me to offer something to people that will last for a lifetime.