Our conditioned mind…

Posted by in Challenge, Change, Diving, Freedom

The other day a fellow photographer posted a random post on her wall. In it a box with sour cream and onion flavored crickets, and the question “who’s in?” It was followed by series of responses ranging from “Eew” to “That’s gross” to “Disgusting” and then some. And it got me thinking. Have you ACTUALLY tried them? Or are you basing your opinions on what you’re used to, and how things look on the outside…? This, of course, is not a new concept. Everyone knows that our mind is preset…read more

Conquering your fears… a story with a twist

Posted by in Challenge, Change, Diving, Freedom, Life

The last thing I wrote was about conquering your fears. It was about a great guy, who’d been wanting to dive already for a very long time, and last year finally put up the courage to take the plunge. Literally. When we got to the water with all the gear, and we went under, he almost immediately came up, big eyes, a hint of panic, and he said “Arno, I don’t think I can do this”. But he could, and he did. You can read about it in the blog…read more

Conquering your fears

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Freedom

There are millions of scuba divers out there. Everyone was a beginner once, and although some people are naturally more comfortable with doing “crazy” things than others, we’ve all faced the same challenges while going through the skills that are required to become a scuba diver. The fast and the hesitant I’ve had students fly through the course without blinking (figuratively speaking of course, try a mask clear without blinking 😉 ). I’ve had students abort the course because they simply couldn’t overcome the fear of putting your life in the…read more

Anemonefish – A wolf in sheep’s clothes

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Outdoors

I guess it’s safe to say that most of us have seen, or at least heard of, Pixar’s movie ”Finding Nemo”. It tells about a young clownfish, which gets caught by divers to be sold as an aquarium fish. Daddy clownfish comes to the rescue and after countless threatening and funny adventures they are reunited and they live happily ever after. We tend to see these little orange fish as cute, harmless little … well, Nemos. But in fact, they are quite the opposite. The “sheep”-part of the sheep Clownfish…read more

Why you should give diving a go

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(first published on Camiguin Action Geckos Dive and Adventure Resort blog) I call myself the Chicken-Diver. The kind who is easily spooked by strong currents and who passionately hates triggerfish. The kind who cried all the way from the boat to the shore after her first open water dive, and swore never to dive again. And yet somehow this Chicken-Diver made it to Advanced Open Water Diver and just recently celebrated her 100th dive with Camiguin Action Geckos. I have come a long way! During my diving journey I had…read more

F R E E D I V I N G – Day 3

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Freediving, Meditation, Travel, Yoga

All is well that ends well. All is well that ends in smiles. But I did not know that when Day 3 came around. I really just had two choices. Either to give into my fear, start crying and paddle back to the shore, or I could toughen up and go through the very thing I wanted least in world (at that moment). There is always a choice… HOMEWORK The night before the last day we did our homework in the form of a carbon dioxide table. You take an…read more

F R E E D I V I N G – Day 2

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As I stare down into the blue and watch the orange rope disappear into the darkness, I wonder what I was doing there, hanging out in the ocean when I could have been just about anywhere else. What had I gotten myself into? Again! Why must one live outside of comfort, why cannot one simply lay in a hammock and read a book on a sunny day? But no. Not me. This chicken has to try to be brave. “Btw, I dislike snorkeling, and I certainly hate the deep blue,…read more

F R E E D I V I N G – Day 1

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This week is all about FREEDIVING. In capitals, because we are very excited about it! Have you ever considered it? To be honest, I never did. I thought scuba diving was a sport enough for me, and Freediving seemed somehow very macho. Something about it never really attracted me. That is, until we actually met some Freedivers. Contrary to my limited beliefs, these guys were very down to earth, calm and spiritual even. After all, there are many common elements with yoga and Freediving. After seeing this, I was intrigued. I…read more

Passion or party?

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Life

Let me state as a first thing here, that there are exceptions to the proverbial “rules” mentioned here. There ARE also “good guys”. And the “rules” I’m talking about aren’t really rules, but my personal, subjective observations. The scuba diving community is one with many faces, many stereotypes, and many generalizations. I’d like to pick out one, one which I’ve been pondering about ever since I got into scuba diving, which has only been a brief period, really. The partying kind For the young it seems to have the reputation…read more

The destructive influence of Authorities and Media

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We all know “Authorities” and the Media have an incredible impact on how we perceive things. We see it every day, in virtually everything we do. They tell us this, and –sometimes even without a second thought – we believe it to be true. There are a few “problems” with how authorities and media deal with topics. The first problem is, regardless of which authorities or media, they are biased. They have a political view, or they have certain interests that take priority over telling what’s really important. The second…read more

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