So I am wide awake, having been toiling at the dive centre all day, and in my role as Marine Conservation Officer for a good part of the evening. A role which I feel very priviledged to have been grnated, and which I take very seriously. As I was reviewing the task ahead of me, and which I am sure is going to keep me very busy, it struck me that each and everyone of us is connected to the oceans. Let me explain.
In 12 December 2013 the Marine Conservation Zone "The Manacles" as brought in to effect. This was created by a legal UK Government Document called "2013 Number 13 Wildlife Environmental Protection Marine Management - The Manacles Marine Conservation Zone Designation Order". A catchy title it is not, but it does set out an area known as The Manacles, and describes the protection granted to this zone.
I have been scuba diving for about a year and a half now, climbing the @PADI ladder from Open Water #Scuba #Diver Student to Open Water Instructor. I have had the opportunity to watch in awe as our UK seascape has worked through its annual cycle. I have been moved by beauty of Red Sea reefs and witnessed the time-capsules of maritime history through the wrecks of Cornwall and Egypt.
Last week was a novel week full of frustrations and rewards. Monday through to Wednesday I had the chance to help Patrick discover the joys of SCUBA diving on a @PADI Open Water DIver Course. I also had the good fortune to welcome back a fellow instructor, Jovi, after she had been on Easter Break back "ooop North". Up until Wednesday all was going smoothly but Thursday morning - disaster. It seems that Jovi had brought back some nasty little virus and thought the best thing to do with it was give it to me. Got to admire her generosity.
Diving is a wonderful sport. It combines technology, nature, skill, socialising and relaxation, not to mention being okay about wearing tight rubber outfits in public places. When we teach scuba to new #diving students we arm them with the skills to be safe in the water, and engender our enthusiasm in our up and coming future divers. One of the most important points we put across, and one that is readily forgotten, often as a result of peer pressure, is that it is okay not to dive.
Did you ever have one of those days that just didn’t run smoothly, no matter what you were doing? You may have woken up late, missed an appointment, dropped your lunch or spilled your tea over your boss. Maybe you just wake up and don’t feel quite like yourself. It happens to all of us.