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

Why you should give diving a go

Posted by in Challenge, Diving, Freedom, Outdoors

(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

Passion or party?

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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 sweet euphoria of nitrogen narcosis

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The other day I went diving for the first time in a week, after sitting out a pretty rough cold (in the tropics, I know, right??). I wanted to go already the day before, but I didn’t feel 100% yet, so I postponed a day. It was better, but I did notice that even now it still wasn’t completely ok. There was still something in my nose and sinuses. I inhaled a bit of salt water through my nose and cleared it, before putting on the mask and going down,…read more

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