Category: Lessons from the Ocean


Rescue1CMy gut said, “Don’t do it” and all of the alarms in my head were going off. That’s why I chose to participate in the dive that may have helped two people avoid injury or worse.

One of my freediving friends invited me to go out on a dusk-to-night dive with her and a scuba diver off of a precarious dive spot. I was immediately alarmed because that meant that there would be a solo freediver and a solo scuba diver; a combination that just didn’t sit well with me. Through text messages, I learned that the scuba diver was new to diving and it sounded like the two of them were going to be making the dive with or without me. Something disastrous was brewing and my gut instincts told me that I needed to be there. Continue reading

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Dive Date Undisclosed

When I woke up, my diving radar told me that I wouldn’t be diving today. Slightly disappointed and a bit skeptical, I put my gear together and drove out to the beach to see for myself. Sure enough, conditions looked sketchy and divers attempting to get past the breakers were coming back in beaten and tired, but glad for their decision. Those that made it past the breakers said that the dive wasn’t even worth the effort as the visibility was sub-par (usually less than 5-7 feet).  IMGP1565

My buddy and I called the dive and I watched in awe as the rest of the morning unfolded. Continue reading

Lessons of the Day #1

I finally got the opportunity to break my personal best of 41′ on one breath. Today, I made it to 52′.
Some things I learned along the way: The ocean is like life, timing is everything – and sometimes timing just sucks and you lose a mask, so deal with it.
The best way to deal with an obstacle, like a giant 6′ wall of water, is to face it head on; ducking and holding on for dear life is acceptable.
Even if things don’t start off quite the way you hoped for, with persistence, you can still reach your goals – just don’t take your eyes off the anchor line or you’ll drift too far away.
52′ is great and I’m definitely ready for 60’+ but I know and respect my limits…Respect your limits – you still have to make it back to tell the story.
And finally, there’s no place like home – the big blue – even in its murkiness.
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