People who have been diving for a long time know how this feels. You have experienced many different sets of conditions, currents, visibility, diving operations, ship captains and friends. There comes a moment, like it does with every hobby, when you ask yourself where to go and what to do next. This is a very common situation and people interpret it differently. One option would be to stop diving and sell all your equipment. It goes without saying, this option means losing a lot of money you invested. If you’re a passionate diver, this won’t be the case for you. Therefore, you will continue diving. In this case, you will still have to change something. If you don’t, you will find yourself pondering upon the same questions again. In the end, you will decide to cure your addiction, which again leads to selling off your equipment.
Options for progress
Which options do you have if you want to continue diving? Basic directions in which you can further develop as a diver are: specialization, missions and technical diving.
This approach is excellent if you constantly strive to improve yourself. This can be related to positioning, photography, fish and coral identification, element spotting and underwater navigation. You should strive towards perfection and do everything as it was meant to be done. You will grow to be a role model to other divers.
As an instructor, you prepare other people to become divers. Remember, someone was preparing you when you took your first breaths from an oxygen tank. If you are a diving enthusiast and want to introduce other people to this lovely sport, then this is the best option you can pick.
If you decide to dive through missions, you will always have a new goal in front of you. You will constantly be focused on new achievements. This can be related to diving on locations where no one dived before, exploration of the world under the sea, or any other activity which provides you with a sense of satisfaction which no other form of diving could.
Last, but certainly not least, technical diving. Depending on your club and environment, this can mean different things. In any case, technical diving implies diving beyond the borders of recreational diving (deeper than 40 meters, oxygen levels above 40% and so on) and it necessarily involves controlled decompression. Next option would be diving with rebrether. That’s actually a closed system where you don’t exhale air in the water, but it’s rather stored and processed to be used again.
Whichever path you choose to take, rest assured this will push the boundaries you previously had and challenge you with another big goal. The price you pay if you become a technical diver is patience you need to exhibit not only with yourself, but your team as well. You also have to undergo rigorous training and constantly be in shape. If you decide to go for this option, make the decision on your own and be aware of all the risks it brings.
Whichever path you take, don’t stop diving. Do everything correctly and enjoy your time underwater.