Along with my claustrophobia I am also now afraid of the dark, otherwise known as Achluophobia, which stems from my being buried alive in my past. I decided to go for the Night Diver Specialty to help me get over my fear of the dark.
For this course I requested that my instructor be Nate from Island Divers Hawaii. Nate was the instructor that helped me complete my Open Water Diver certification with back at the end of January. I feel very comfortable with him and I knew that if I had a chance of completing this course, it would have to be with him as the instructor.
The Night Diver Specialty consists of 3 separate Night Dives, each with various skills that need to be accomplished, culminating with a three minute lights out while sitting on the bottom of the ocean skill. This was the part that I was so worried about not being able to complete.
With Nate’s direction, I easily accomplished the required skills, and even went above the required skills by performing a wreck penetration in the darkness following him.
After completing the Night Diver Specialty course I am no longer as afraid of the dark as I was. Now it is at a manageable level that I can control myself.
Today a dive buddy of mine asked me why I am writing this blog about my diving activities. I teach food safety through the Hawaii Foodservice Academy, I teach First Aid, CPR, & Prehospital Emergency Care courses through Oahu CPR TRaining, and I still take time to dive and write a blog about my diving.
I thought about it for a moment, and the answer just jumped right out at me.
If someone out there who has been through a traumatic event in their past that has scarred them and changed how they live their lives happens to read this blog and is encouraged to overcome their fears and take back control of their lives like I am, then they are why I am doing it.
I let my fears control my life for 25 years before I decided to use SCUBA diving to overcome them. Since I started diving back in January my whole life has changed for the better. Now thats not saying that my fears are not still there, believe me they are there, but I do not let them control me anymore. I am now in control for a change, and it feels great!
If I can help just one person to overcome their fears through diving, it will be worth it.