The first time I ever scuba dived was on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Wow! What a fantastic experience. I was hooked for life. I wanted more, and I was lucky enough to take advantage of other opportunities to explore the undersea world. The only thing wrong was that I didn't really know a lot about scuba-diving safety. I had always been a good swimmer and I believed I was a careful person not prone to taking dangerous chances. After more than 10 years of diving, I finally decided that maybe there was a lot more I should know about the sport. I had been trying to interest my wife in diving with me, but she wasn't very excited to try it. Once, when we were in the Dominican Republic, we signed up to take the training and get certified at the resort where we were staying. Unfortunately, a hurricane threat caused the instructors to cancel the training for a few days, and we ran out of time.
Then we arrived at the Dunes Resort and Beach Club and discovered that PADI instructors from Aquanaughts offered training and certification for resort guests. We both signed up and eagerly began the classes. Most vacationers are only at the resort for a week to 10 days. That doesn't give much time to accomplish all that is required to earn certification. Most of the people trying to get certified are much younger than my wife and I. I was fortunate to be able to finish the training, do six dives, and pass the tests before we ran out of vacation time. My wife completed all but two of the exercises in the pool and some of the open-water exercises, but will have to finish in our hometown.
I can honestly say that I feel safer now when I dive and more confident of my scuba-diving skills. I'm glad I took the time to learn the right way to enjoy the sport. I recommend it to everyone.