On October 6th 2013, I turned twenty five. I had officially hit my mid 20's and it was time to take stock of my life. On paper - I had a great job, great friends, lived in an amazing city but something was missing.. Or maybe there was just too much of everything?
So instead of spending another debauch night in the big city getting shit faced with my passé, I decided to switch off my iPhone, pack my bags and head to the closest islands I could find to do some soul searching as well as my basic and advanced scuba courses. It was there that I got bitten by the scuba bug.The rest as they say is history..
After that the universe just set the wheels in motion, I wrapped things up at work and sorted out my finances so I could do my Divemaster training. Chanced upon some amazing people who pointed me in the right direction to the diving Mecca that is Koh Tao and more importantly Scuba Junction which is where all the magic happened :)
I look back now at the past 2 months during which I did my training and I feel blesssed. Why you ask? Well most importantly because I actually feel like I'm ready to work as a Divemaster AND I'm extremely excited about it! Those of you who've been in my shoes will understand where I'm coming from and for those of you who haven't yet, Well you'll figure it out when you do jump on the DMT bandwagon. :)
It's an amazing feeling to wake up with a smile on your face and a spring in your step knowing you just need to pull on a pair of shorts and get on the boat even if it is for the oh-so-early morning dive with an oh-so-terrible Chang-over. (Read- Lethal local beer)
The training was definitely challenging and we all struggled at times with different aspects of it. For some it was the dreaded 'chapter 9' of the course work and for others it was buoyant ankles that made fin pivots close to impossible, then there was my personal favourite - Dodging the roguish Titan Triggers while trying to get our heads around navigation! But in the end practice makes perfect, and when it does ..then there is the dreaded SNORKEL TEST! (I would need to write a whole other blog to explain the intricacies of this sacred diving ritual)
During my time here I've found friends for life from different corners of the world in my fellow DMT's (aka The Scubatards as we like to call ourselves) and my amazing mentors from Scuba J that I know I will never hesitate to call and hassle with my many questions even if I do end up working at the other end of the globe.
All in all - I took the plunge, welcomed the change and am ready for the diver-sity life has to offer.
Anisha Kumar, DM
See you on turtle island!