Learning How to Scuba Dive
When it comes to water, I have always considered myself half fish. In fact, as a child I thought the longer I stayed in the water, the better my chances of growing my own set of gills. To be able to swim and frolic with my finny friends, without having to surface to gulp down some air, has always been a dream of mine. And, it was while visiting the coastal town of Akumal that I realized I could make my dream come true.
I stopped into the Original Akumal Dive Shop to find a new snorkel when I passed a group of people suiting up to go scuba diving. They looked so excited I felt a surge of jealousy overcome me. I must have been gawking at the tanks and gear, for one of the divers asked me if I, too, was into scuba. “No,” I replied. “I just snorkel. I don’t have the time to do all that training, but I bet it is incredible!”
“Oh man, it’s great! And, it’s easy. Why don’t you do a Discover Scuba course? It’s just a half day, and they teach you enough basics so you can actually go for a dive.” My face must have given away my emotions, for as he turned to head for the boat, he yelled over his shoulder, “I hope to be your dive buddy tomorrow!”
I immediately went to the counter to inquire about this Discover Scuba Course, and in less than 20 minutes, I was learning the “to-do’s” of Scuba. My instructor taught me first on land and then took me into the shallow water of the bay to practice. The pace was very slow and relaxed. I was able to try breathing through my regulator while standing safely in waist-deep water and was shocked at how natural it all felt.
After running through a few skills to increase my comfort level, we swam around for a bit in the shallow water. Though the tank was quite awkward at the beginning, it did not take me too long to forget it was even there. We swam by some coral – one of the same patches