My first taste of this incredible sport occurred during a snuba experience in the Virgin Islands in 1995.
Snuba is a cross between scuba and snorkeling, whereby you are allowed to breathe underwater by means of a 20 foot air line which is connected to a standard scuba tank.
The tank is mounted on a raft on the surface that follows your every movement. We were down at around 20 feet when we experienced our first out of air situation.
Not more than 1 minute earlier, our instructor had surfaced, checked our tank pressure and then signaled to us that we were running low.
We made it safely to the surface kicking, gasping and holding our breath as we ascended. Sounds real safe, doesn't it?
Nevertheless my husband and I thought that this was really a cool experience and upon our return home, became certified.
Every vacation thereafter, became a dive vacation, since we were hooked! A few years later, both of our children became certified also.
I have logged over a thousand dives and traveled to such exotic places as Hawaii, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Honduras and Mexico.
I am also a certified HSA (Handicapped Scuba Association) trained assistant, having been involved with the DIVEHEART organization out of Chicago.
I am a retired Registered Nurse and ex-owner of a home health care agency.