Last weekend while at Brandcation: DESTINation ... I fell in love. Growing up on the Gulf Coast has given me the opportunity to do a LOT of water sports - from skiing to surfing to parasailing. But this weekend I found what I truly want to do - scuba dive.
Now, Snuba Diving is a little bit different than SCUBA diving. When you Snuba, instead of carrying your own tank on your back, you are actually attached to a raft which carries two tanks - enough air for you and up to three of your friends. Your airline is about 20 feet long - so plenty long to let you get to the bottom of the inlet, with the security of knowing you can not drift too far away from safety. And, since you have a certified diving instructor going with you, you do not have to be certified yourself to dive.
My group included myself, Nicole (MissBlondie.com) and TerriAnn (CookiesAndClogs.com). It took me a little while to get comfortable breathing only from my mouth under water. The first regulator I had was a little tough to breathe (damn being a former smoker) but I changed to a smaller one and was just fine. The water was freezing, so thankfully we had wetsuits on. Once I got comfortable in the water - it was on. I fell in love the minute I started playing with the fish.
We had the best dive instructor too - he was so incredibly patient - I know we drove him completely crazy. His name is Ty and I totally recommend going with him - especially if it is your first dive. He's really great about making sure you are ok under water, and finds cool stuff to look at. We spent a half an hour petting fish, chasing flounder, and playing with hermit crabs. It was awesome.
The toughest part for me was having to not LAUGH under water. Anyone who knows me knows that I laugh at everything - and when you laugh, you fill your face mask with water. Even though Ty showed us how we were supposed to clear our mask, that would only make me laugh harder. The first time I went down, I turned around into Gregg Velez - the under water photographer and scared myself half to death (BIG BLACK FISH!!!!!) and got the giggles so bad I thought I was going to drown right there. I could see the headlines now: "Local Blogger drowns from laughter after mistaking her own cameraman for a shark."
We did a lot of really awesome things in Destin, but this one was by far my favorite. I am already ready to go back and dive in. In fact I am already looking at getting scuba certified - goodness knows I need a hobby.... you know, for all of my spare time.
Thank you so much to Destin Snorkel for hosting all of us and a special thank you to Ty who was so patient and let me really get comfortable under there that I think I have found a new hobby. Also thanks to Gregg Velez from Diving Deep, LLC for all of the amazing underwater pictures and video.
My parents always said I should have been born with fins... this is the closest I can get.
Disclosure: The cost of this trip was comped but all opinions are my own.