A few years ago, I wanted to learn how to scuba dive. I went over to Indy MPH Watersports and inquired about a diving certification. I was, at the time, familiar with PADI, but didn’t know the process of becoming certified. I spent a few minutes talking to the staff about diving, the cost, the experience, and the good and bad things about diving. Before I knew it, I was signing up for classes, buying a wetsuit, and researching all the best dive spots. Unfortunately, most of the good dive sports are outside of the United States. Oh well, I will just have to travel more!
By the time I was done with my certification, I was ready to get wet. Our dive instructor used to say, before we would jump in the water, “Let’s get wet.” I always say that when referring to diving. I skipped PADI, and decided to get SDI certified. There aren’t many differences between the two, but the main focus of the SDI certification is the use of a computer while diving. I didn’t have to learn my dive tables because of this. It might not be a bad idea to learn them… but it was not required. I also have to dive every calendar year to keep my certification. (I feel like I have said, “certification” a dozen times by now!)
Yesterday, Sheryl sent me a link of some popular diving locations from around the world. The original article was posted by the Lonely Planet, a travel blog that I frequent before we go on vacation. I haven’t dove any of these, but wanted to take a second to learn about and share them these famous dive locations with you. Enjoy!
- Great Blue Hole, Belize
- Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia
- Manta Ray Village, Hawaii
- Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea
- Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia
- Cocos Island, Costa Rica
- Gansbaai, South Africa
- Ras Mohammed National Park, Egypt
- Cocklebiddy Cave, Australia
- Rainbow Warrior, New Zealand
I was surprised not to see the Great Barrier Reef on there. At least Cocklebiddy Cave was mentioned putting Australia on the map. We are hoping to visit Australia in a few years, and there is no way I am going that far and NOT diving the Great Barrier Reef. I have heard it’s one of the most magical places on earth.
When we were in Hawaii, we took a day trip to the Big Island, but I didn’t even think about diving then. We will be headed to Maui later this year, and I will be diving on that trip. Actually, I will be playing golf, scuba diving, rock climbing… who knows, I might even swim in the Seven Sacred Pools! The whales will be there when we visit, so hopefully I will be able to snorkel with them. You are not allowed to dive with the whales, but I would love to get up close and personal with one.
That is an impressive list, and hopefully I will be able to visit all of these countries and more before my time here on this earth is over. My good friend Ron is a scuba diver. He is actually a professional underwater photographer. I bet he has been to some of these places. Until next time, let’s get wet!