I was talking to Sean the other day, (he is one of our new Divemaster Interns and is from Jersey – the channel islands Jersey, part of the United Kingdom, NOT Jersey as in the New Jersey Turnpike) about what we think about when we dive. You wouldn’t believe the things that go through my mind when I’m diving… Well, if you have read enough of my blogs then perhaps you have some idea of the absurd that I come up with!
One of the things that I love about diving is that it is a time where I am truly alone. Sure, diving is a social sport. We always go with buddies, we laugh and make jokes together on the boat. We constantly watch out for each other, to make sure we are safe and close by. That is all true, but at the same time as we are doing this, we are totally alone. This is how I feel anyway. And I like it. To be left alone in my thoughts.
Sometimes I think about a problem I’m having and sometimes I have completely random thoughts; “Where would I go if I could travel in time? The future or the past?” “What if I could create an Olympic sport out of racing underwater with no fins on?” “What do fish think about all day?”
Or, when I am diving I get Sally business head on. I try to really figure out the right direction that the business should go in. Should we get another boat? Should we do a deal with the cruise ships? I think about budgets and advertising and scheduling and emails I need to do.
Then, there are those wonderful zen moments, when I think about absolutely nothing.
What do you think about?
I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am also thinking of the diving (time, depth, NDL etc), what I’m looking at, the safety of everyone, how cool it would be if a giant squid appeared or something like that… but I can think about those things simultaneously as I’m thinking my more abstract or personal thoughts.
In fact, I was talking to Chris the other day about thinking in general (not just underwater but also top side), and for me, I have this running commentary that sort of goes on in my brain all the time (it would drive Chris and Stuart crazy if they could hear it 🙂 ). I was under the impression that this was true for everyone, but apparently it isn’t, as Chris doesn’t think this way at all.
For example, I will see something and I will think “That’s funny, that guy over there is being really funny. I wonder if Chris will think that it is funny too. Should I tell him? He doesn’t have the same sense of humor that I do, not really, so he probably won’t think that it is funny. Yeah… I’m not going to tell him. Yeah… I probably will tell him anyway.”
Chris said that he just sees something, laughs and then tells me about it.
Anyway… enough about all that nonsense. Chris went out this morning to dive Chris’ Reef and fix the mooring. Also had a nice dive at the same time, then a drift on the back of Creole Rock. It was a Spanish boat this morning, with Carlos, Andres, Santiago and Fernando. Carlos lost his camera at Creole Rock, which I feel slightly responsible for because one of my latest posts on Facebook was “Ever lost anything underwater?” To which one reply was “My ex-husband on a drift dive. Unfortunately he turned up again :-/” which really made me laugh. Then, next thing I know, Carlos lost his camera… anyway. It is a quiet afternoon now, so I’m off to work on the website!
(Sally wrote this blog 🙂 )