SCUBA diving and becoming an Open Water SCUBA Instructor is probably the thing in my life that I've spent the most money on and invested the most time, effort, and emotional energy in (with the exception of my university degree, but that comes under a different category.) The process of becoming a dive professional has informed most of the choices and decisions I've made since about 2015. It's also probably the thing that, as an adult, I've cried the most over, agonised the most over, and the thing that has caused me to question myself and my capabilities - physical and mental - time and time again.
It's also been one of the things that has led me to discover more about the world - both above and below the water - than I could ever have imagined. It's led me to meet people from everywhere that I would never otherwise have met, and learn about things that I didn't know existed. I've been less than a foot away from some very, very cool animals - here's looking at you, thresher sharks of Malapascua Island - and inside WWII aircraft carriers on the sea bed 35 metres down. All very cool. So now, on the next leg of my journey as Open Water Scuba Instructor Extraordinaire, I'm going to share all the ups, downs, and realities of following your dreams.