Scuba Diving for Beginners
IF COMMON INTERESTS MAKE GOOD MARRIAGES, THEN SCUBA DIVING WAS THE PERFECT ACTIVITY FOR THE OCCASIONALLY DISPARATE TRAVEL TASTES OF LONELY PLANET MANAGING EDITOR ALEXANDER HOWARD AND HIS WIFE, DANIELLE (PICTURED ABOVE). HERE HOWARD SHARES HIS TIPS FOR GETTING INTO SCUBA DIVING. BUT FINDING THE PERFECT
DIVE BUDDY? THAT’S UP TO YOU.
My idea of adventure travel hasn’t always aligned with my wife’s preferences. She’s a traveler of the refined sort, preferring a tour of Edinburgh’s historic closes, gazing at Balinese temples, or sampling the latest foodie trend to take over Manhattan. I, on the other hand, am a foolhardy traveler, pleased to get lost in back alleys, ride cliff-hugging bike trails or head out on multiday camping trips.
This was why I jumped at the chance when Danielle suggested that we take up scuba diving, an activity that satisfied my perhaps unhealthy tolerance for risk and complemented her abilities in the water (which have been significant since her days on the high school swim team). Plus, it was a new skill we could learn together.
So two years ago we began our training dives, determining our BCDs from our SPGs, studying dive tables and learning how to communicate underwater. We received our Open Water Diver certification after a weekend of coursework and dive training.
On our most recent dive trip – to Bali, Indonesia – we got our Advanced Open Water certification, allowing us to dive to deeper, more complex sites. The evening after our last dive, where we’d spotted a sea turtle lazily munching on seaweed and drifted over what felt like miles of dazzling coral, we shared a coconut and watched the sunset. We had something to agree on. Now every vacation discussion is followed by the question “Can we dive there?”
AN ACTIVITY THAT
SATISFIED MY PERHAPS UNHEALTHY TOLERANCE FOR RISK AND COMPLEMENTED HER ABILITIES IN