Here in the Midwest we await the arrival of Spring with the same patience as a 6 year old waiting for Santa Claus. We plan all of the things we are going to do once the weather warms up and things are new and alive again. Our human spirit yearns for new beginnings. At the dive shop we are busy getting ready for our local diving and all the season will bring.
For a special few divers, they have spent the winter months deciding to take their love of diving to the next level. Their new beginnings will be to go professional. The call of sharing their knowledge and helping other people come to know and love this awesome activity is finally too strong for them to ignore. And so they have enrolled in the PADI Divemaster course and will start their path to the most rewarding challenge in diving. We will chronicle two of the divers here in our blog over the next few months and share their journey with you. These two gentlemen will become staff members of Aquatic Realm Scuba Center and we are excited to start their training. Visit our Facebook page and website for the journey in pictures and videos. Class one is now under their belt and they have done their 400 and 800 yd. swims, the float, and rescue tows. In 2 weeks they start learning how to transform their good skills into demonstration quality ones.
We hope you will follow their progress with us and perhaps decide the professional path is for you too! Happy Diving!
Around town or around the globe when we meet another dive professional and ask the “How’s it going” question, the answer will more than likely be “I’m livin’ the dream man, livin’ the dream.” But this just isn’t a cutesy saying, for those of us than are lucky enough to have this job it is a dream come true.
Diving changed my life. It isn’t just what I do, it’s who I am. It’s so much more than a job it really is a lifestyle. It is actually my third career. I was a banker and then a general contractor and developer and those were great jobs but while I like to think I helped people in those career fields I can honestly say I never felt like I truly made a lasting difference in another persons life. When I realized that I had the passion and talent to fulfill someone’s lifelong dream, start a child on the path in Marine Biology or help someone overcome what they perceived as a road block in becoming a diver, I knew this was what I wanted to do. I don’t just help people dive I change their lives and it is the most rewarding feeling you will ever have. It’s absolutely awesome to see that smile that goes ear to ear underwater and know it was put there by you.
Diving has made me immortal. Don’t get me wrong, I know I am going to die some day but I am guaranteed that my passion and love of diving will live on forever firmly planted in the hearts of all the divers I have trained over the years. So in my mind I will dive forever……………….and I can’t think of any better legacy to leave behind.
Each and every one of the staff shares the same passion and commitment to this sport and it’s never too late to start. We encourage you to stop by the dive center and chat with us about where diving can take you.
Those of us in the Scuba Industry hear the words “it’s on my bucket list” quite frequently when talking to prospective divers. It’s either a dream they have always had or a new found passion about living. As dive professionals we need to remember that the majority of the world doesn’t do what we do and what is common place for us is a lifelong goal to some people.
The New Year always brings renew commitment to make life changes and check things off that bucket list. Winter is the perfect time to take a class, play in the pool and then head off to some tropical location or local dive spot (that would be in May for those of us here at Aquatic Realm). There has never been a better time to become a diver and see the world with a different prospective.
At Aquatic Realm we specialize in diving as a family activity. We offer evening, weekend and even a 4 week Sunday afternoon class. You can choose online or classroom academics and our pool is right off the classroom and always a warm 90 degrees.
We all know someone that has talked about diving and their “bucket list”. This is the year to encourage them to take the plunge. Stop by our dive center or call us at 937-428-9836. Our staff is ready and passionate about making dive dreams come true.
Every year October brings the call to action to support and find the cure for Breast Cancer. Most of us have loved ones, friends, and co-workers that have been affected by this awful disease and we know the awareness for us is every month. Sadly, my family is no exception. Breast Cancer declares war on women of all ages and races and once that war is declared these brave women become fierce warriors in the battle for their lives. They call women the weaker sex but for those of us who have witnessed the strength and courage these warriors display you would know they are anything but. The staff of Aquatic Realm Scuba Center is dedicated to helping find the cure in whatever small way we can.
During October 2012 we are committed to help by donating 10% off all of the courses purchased to Breast Cancer Research. Buy Discover Scuba Experiences for your friends and family or celebrate life and take that dive class you have been promising yourself to take someday. All courses qualify including some courses for non-divers too.