Diving is interesting and beautiful. But for me it retains its attractions only if I am constantly developing, making progress and broadening my horizons. A year after my first diving session I came back to the diving club with the idea of mastering some new skills. My doctors already had nothing to object against lifting heavy objects or using both fins so I decided to sign up for a long and hard course.
I signed up for the Technical Dive Master Programme. That meant that I was going to learn to “really” dive in the first place. That “real” diving included long periods of time spent in considerable depths of water and all those decompression procedures one has to go through before surfacing. Secondly, this course for me meant a transition from an amateur to a professional, who can really make money of it giving classes and leading amateur groups.
Yes, I was of course warned in advance that a diving guide course is long and boring. The course lived up to its promise. But not to get bored to death I was studying technical diving along the way, and this is just a completely different matter. Technical diving is just like a gate to a brand-new world. Having gone through it a diver starts to understand what way he needs to continue his personal development and how to actually dive correctly.
So now I can easily calculate all decompression procedures and even lead the group of technical divers.
But all this won’t take you very far without experience and endless practical sessions. And those sessions cost a lot of money. That is why I have temporarily quitted diving for now.
I’d eagerly dive in some exotic places or take part in some programs with an idea behind. I’d even more eagerly work as a diving guide if I am short of money at any period of time. That’s how I see my diving future.