Oh! It’s essential! You know that the thing the military drills into you more than discipline, is the idea that you’re there for the others, you know? One of the first things I took a liking to was the water; I loved the idea of working with scuba. You know you develop a love for a particular activity fairly quickly, but the people I was with – they just made the transition to scuba training feel so completely natural. Do you get to explore parts of the world that many don’t get to see, have a place to escape the daily grind of technology that you’re taught in the labs, you know? It’s a form of Zen almost – you get to experience the world that exists beneath the surface of the water. It’s the nearest thing to being an astronaut. You experience weightlessness, and you also get to visit the history that has been lost to time and sits waiting under the waves. You get to be a ‘team-player’ where the meaning of a team isn’t just a smart word, but actually is the thing that can save your life!
I went a long way with scuba – I quickly progressed from open water diving that I did with my team-mates and quickly became a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. And funnily enough, most people have the thought that Master Diver is the highest level of training you can do – but actually, I’m three full levels above this! Today – and I’ve spent many years working on this – I can teach more than 18 speciality courses.