So many dive times. Do you recognise these times?

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Posted by seahunt on May 31, 2011 at 19:58:51:

In Reply to: A DIVER'S LIFE posted by SDM on May 31, 2011 at 15:16:28:

I wrote this and was just going to post it, but it seemed like a good response to your post.
So this one is for you. I bet that you've seen all these times.
Enjoy the diving, seahunt

A time to dive.
So many times.
So little time.
Such amazing times.
Time is many things.
The time with a warm tropical breeze blowing across your back. Your life is a stress fest of pressure
and deadlines, but now you find yourself in a hammock. You don't even know how to relax, but the soft
caress of the warm breeze reminds you of something you had forgotten or teaches you something you had
not yet learned. Time doesn't move. You are just amazed that such a time exists.

The time ascending from deep. You've pushed your bottom time. You have a high pressure tank so gas pressure
doesn't tell the true story of how much time you have. You have to make a perfectly timed ascent. Judgements
cannot take time. Time up to shallow. The time to pause for safety. How much time is left?

There is that time when you look over the side of the boat into the blue water for your first time in the
ocean with scuba.

Then there is that time when you spot a lobster and in no time you have to make a perfectly focused grab. Any
time and it's gone.

There is photo time when you are waiting for your subject to move to the perfect position, then there is the
time as you hold your breath and wait for the the surge to move the kelp aside. You hope and anticipate the
picture will still be there to lock the special moment in time.

There is the time when you look up into the corridors through the kelp and your time gets lost in the beauty.

There is when time slows as you free dive below the surface. Your heart and body relax to another pace as you
silently move through fish that seem unaware of your passage. Time is the few extra moments below as you learn
to extend your range below the surface.

There is the time as you stand at the edge of the boat and all preparation must be commplete. It's time. It's
time to leave the solid ground and enter the water. It's time to no longer walk, but to move in another way.
You go under the water and everything changes. Sight, sound and the feeling of your skin are all suddenly
different. For a time you are in another world.

Time are those moments diving when you see something so extraordinary that the moment is frozen forever in
your memory.

Time can move fast underwater as you travel across a reef riding a current as if flying. Time can slow to a
crawl as you freedive the North Coast. It's like walking slowly through a redwood forest looking at all the
beauty of fern and flower under walls of life that tower over you.

It's the time to take off gear, get comfortable and talk to friends about the sights and adventures of the day.

The time of a dive may be a tank or a day of diving. Both are far away of your daily cares. A dive may be a
week at some exotic shore like Truk or Belize. It is a time of beauty, wonder and excitement. It may be a
period of years when you revisit an area over and over and make it your place. It may be a lifetime of diving
that is just a part of what you are.

It is, a time to dive.

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