As a @PADI Open Water #Scuba Instructor at @cornishdivingschool I am sometimes faced with students who are not entirely comfortable in the water. Who can blame them they are about to do something that doesn't, at first, seem entirely natural, in a completely alien environment. It made me nervous when I first started #diving so I am loathed to judge others for it.
Despite what many may think - there are less than glamourous days in the SCUBA leisure industry. Even when conditions are perfect, visibility is amazing and you are staring down the barrel of an amazing dive, instructors and divemasters may be called upon to perform other duties. My most recent "role" has been as an "actor" in an @PADI rescue course. "Actor" may be far too strong a word to be honest. First off - I can't act for toffee, or any other sugar related delight for that matter. Secondly. Collapsing on to the ground and pretending to have blacked out really doesn't req uire any acting, just the right amount of gravity and the will to encrust oneself head to foot in gritty sand. And yes - that is me, face down, making friends with the seaweed and pebbles!
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.