So for the first time in my life I got to breathe underwater! It was an incredible experience, and I hadn’t even left the pool yet!
I have gone snorkeling and swam in the ocean before, but none of that comes close to the experience when you finally have the chance to go scuba diving. It was the first time any of us had really attempted anything remotely resembling scuba diving; I was excited, but at the same time, yes, I had my fears. Thankfully, after the first underwater session in the local pool, all my worries melted away–I was ready for the real thing!
Armed with our pool-based scuba instruction, we prepared our gear and set out on the boat for this new adventure. Crashing over tremendous waves, we arrived at the dive site. After our final checks, we made our way into “the deep” below….well, only if you consider 60 feet to be “deep”. As I descended, after every couple of feet, I paused to “pop” my ears in order to equalize the pressure. This short break allowed me to absorb everything around me. Complete serenity. For the first time in my life, it dawned on me, I was immersed in God’s Aquarium. Admiring schools of glistening fish stream by us, while graceful sting rays explore the reef and hungry turtles enjoy a delicious seaweed snack, expectations had become reality.
All too soon, reality kicks in, reminding me that my air supply is unfortunately almost consumed; too soon it was time to call it a day. I would continue the adventure next on my next dive.
Another day, another dive! Life is good! It is one thing to see aqua life on television, but it is completely something else, to see it in real life. You witness God’s astounding underwater creation firsthand, with a host of surprises along the way. Even if you didn’t see anything remarkable while diving, the fact that you are 60 feet below the surface without having to choke or gasp for air is crazy in itself!
Little did the group know, we were in for a pleasant surprise. The bottom line is, any time you have an opportunity to go diving, you are always in for a surprise. Every dive has something different to offer, even if it’s just an appreciation of the serenity, the silent world. This time I was simply breathing, while underwater, enjoying a peaceful environment. Moreover, all you hear underwater is the sound of air rushing in and out of the regulator and occasionally clicking noise. Clicking? Did you say clicking? Yes! A dolphin appeared with his friend. The two of them swam cheerfully around us on this particular dive. Although very rare, it just doesn’t seem possible, does it? Diving never ceases to amaze me. So if you are looking for the best kind of thrilling, yet relaxing adventure, I invite you to come to dive deep into God’s Aquarium!
Keep Calm and Dive on!
Kristian Matis-January 2014 Leadership DTSRead More