So why tell you about my new-found swimming capabilities on the road to my Divemaster rating?
It’s a three-fold thing:
1) It lets you all know that we want all of our divemasters and instructors at the Toronto Scuba Centre to have exceptional diving skills and to be all-around “dive people”, including solid swimming capabilities …. and if we expect that from our staff, we need to lead by example. You’ll have to take my word for it, but I can also attest to the fact that Peter (the other principal instructor at the Toronto Scuba Centre) is an exceptional swimmer;
2) It also hopefully provides an example that if you want something hard enough, you can get there, provided you do your research, keep at it and practice, practice, practice; and, ….. the most important reason of all…..
3) Because it is a major part of the motivation behind why we started the Toronto Scuba Centre. When Peter and I envisioned the Toronto Scuba Centre, we wanted to create a training organization that produces well-trained, confident and excited new divers. A place aimed not only at hard-core divers, but a place that welcomes any and all to the fantastic world of scuba diving. Not everyone is a natural-born scuba diver, in fact, very few people are. While a lot of new divers find the experience thrilling, it is a totally novel sensation to be able to breathe pressurized dry, filtered air underwater, to be completely immersed and to feel the effects of pressure at depth.
Some of us get used to all of these new sensations fairly quickly, but for others, it takes a little more getting used to. Even if we know we love the newfound freedom we find underwater, it still can take time to get used to it.
We understand that. We’ve been there ourselves in some ways and we’ve certainly helped many many people overcome these early teething issues. It’s the reason we chose a motto for the Toronto Scuba Centre: We Take That Extra Step.
Which is where my swimming story comes in.
I had to overcome some significant fears when I started diving. Once I had fallen in love with the sport of scuba diving, I knew I had to dash those fears to pieces. By doing so and mastering my swimming skill, I could progress personally and hopefully inspire confidence in the people relying on me to train them.
It wasn’t enough for me to simply get by, I wanted to know I was the best I could be. This philosophy followed through on my instructor course. I didn’t want to pass, I wanted to ace the entire course.
And I did. I didn’t just qualify as an instructor, I was at the top of everything I did on the course.
And now Peter and I have the chance to bring that same passion for diving through to everyone we train. Diving shouldn’t be an exclusive elite sport, it should be open to everybody. Of course, there are some instances where diving is simply not the right activity for everyone, especially if there are medical limitations, but as a general rule, diving is fun, exciting and easily mastered by most people.
What we do at the Toronto Scuba Centre is make sure you get all of the right training tools and assistance as you start down that new diving path. No matter what your concerns, we truly stand behind our motto.
Ok, enough proselytizing, I’ve made my points. I think for the next blog I’ll lighten the mood a little and talk about cenotes, followed by a bog on dive spots. What makes for a great dive spot? It’s all in the eye of the beholder ….