History of Neil's Scuba Diving Experience
Scuba diving was something that, as a kid, I always wanted to do. As with many people I got distracted by the rest of life. In 2010, after a large change in the life plan I was on, I decided it was time to start seeing more of the world. I took a trip to Mexico with a tour company that was geared towards indviduals that were travelling solo and wanted to do it on a lower budget. On the first day of this tour we were brought to a cenote named Dos Ojos. A cenote is a deep natural well or sinkhole, especially in Central America, formed by the collapse of surface limestone that exposes ground water underneath. In the case of Dos Ojos it was essentially an underground river that also went very deep. We were there to snorkel this river where we were able to see fossils, caves, the roots of trees that poked through the ground into the cave we were swimming through, stalagtites and stalagmites. We also saw scuba divers. I started inquiring about the scuba divers. How deep did the river go? What was there to see that I could not? etc... This also sparked the memory that I always wanted to learn to dive and from that point I decided I was going to dive.
When I got home I told my mother about the vacation and that I had decided I was going to learn to scuba dive. I still had some loose ends to tie up but I was excited to get started. My following birthday I got a card from my mother that contained some money that said, " This should help you get trained to scuba dive ". I ended up completing my Open Water certification in June 2011 at Dutch Springs Quarry in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. During this training I also discovered that scuba diving was not just a tropical, vacation thing to do. Apparently New Jersey is a pretty good wreck diving destination and having Dutch Springs only a little over an hour from my residence, I could do plenty of diving close to home as well. I became addicted to diving quickly and wanted to get further trained and be able to do more. I am now an instructor for the general scuba courses as well as several specialty courses, I have 350+ dives in 5 different countries, I am a volunteer diver at an aquarium and my diving bucket list is forever growing. You can find a list of my certifications as well as when I got certified in the lists section of this blog.