Dive Guru™ – Self Improvement Month

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Dive Gurus™ are all about self improvement and sharing this knowledge with others. Now, Self Improvement Month isn’t until September, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t embrace change every now and again to make yourself a better person. Or, in the Dive Guru’s case – a better diver.

Guru Self Improvement

Improving yourself as a diver can take many forms. Let’s start with the very basics:

  • Diving. That’s right. Consider it one of the simple truths in life that is frequently overlooked. Doing something simply makes you better at it. As a bonus, diving isn’t really a hardship. It’s fun. It’s exciting. It’s relaxing. All of that wrapped up into a nice package. Diving more should be your first pathway to underwater enlightenment.Guru Self Improvement
  • Education. The Dive Guru might be a little biased about this one as Guru status is, in my humble opinion, a consequence of diving a lot (see #1) and seeking out knowledge like it’s water or air. It can take two forms:
    1. Informal – Reading dive magazines, online postings (…like the Dive Guru…for example…), talking to other divers or just hanging around the dive center hoping to pick up tidbits through osmosis. (Yes, I do realize that osmosis typically involves water moving across a membrane. It was a metaphor. Or a simile. One of the two.)
    2. Formal – Taking courses like, for example, those you might find at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort. Again, the Guru is biased here due to his long history and wallet full of certification cards. But, taking a continuing education course is a great way to pick up some theoretical knowledge along with the practical experience that often comes with the inwater portion of the courses.

Don’t forget about distinctive specialty courses – and these all exist – like:

  • Underwater model
  • Aquanaut
  • Underwater Pilot
  • Helicopter Diver
  • Lava Tube Diver
  • Loch Diver
  • Submarine Diver
  • Available Light Underwater Photo
  • Zen Diver
  • Backpack propulsion
  • Golf Ball Diver
  • Spacesuit Diver
  • Sinkhole Diver
  • Future Perfect Diver
  • Magnetometer Diver
  • Millennium Diver
  • Railroad Yard Diver
  • Sand Pit Diving
  • Underwater Game Player
  • Underwater Hockey
  • Underwater Wedding
  • Y2K Scuba Historian



(yes, Underwater Basket Weaving is available but it seemed a bit too obvious)

  • Health and Wellness. More and more people are realizing the benefits of diving in terms of their well being. Not only does diving provide some general exercise, but it also provides some serious peace of mind. There is even some anecdotal evidence – being tested right now – that indicates diving results in different sensations and movements for those with spinal cord injuries.

So, with so many basic options, what is your excuse for not improving yourself as a diver? Almost everyone in this busy world needs to take some time to relax and, figuratively speaking anyway, smell the underwater roses. So what’s your excuse? Consider the following:

  • I don’t have the time. With the advent of PADI eLearning and the fact that you don’t have to complete entire specialty courses or the Adventures in Diving program all at once (you can do a single Adventure Dive if you want), time isn’t really a valid excuse any more.
  • Guru Self ImprovementI don’t have any friends…er, dive buddies. Join the dive club at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort, hook up with a local PADI Diving Society Chapter or look into free online services like meetup.com. You already have something in common so small talk shouldn’t be a problem.
  • I don’t remember how to assemble my gear. What a great opportunity to brush up on your skills. You can go into a PADI Dive Center or Resort for a Scuba Tune-Up or get started in the comfort of your own home with Scuba Tune-up Online. If you can’t remember where you left your gear, well, I can’t help you there. Hey, I’m a Guru, not a psychic.
  • It’s too bloody cold. Being a bit soft with my temperatures, I resemble this remark as even the most temperate of water rapidly cools me off. That’s what dry suits are for. Trust me. If you’re frequently cold, you need to make the investment and get into a PADI Dry Suit Diver course. You’ll love it.
  • I’m bored with it. Honestly, I don’t get this one. I’ve met a lot of people who have done a lot of diving (one guy has even been going to the same dive resort in the Cayman Islands for his two weeks of holiday diving for the last 16 years), but even if you’ve done everything, you haven’t done everything. Technical diving is more accessible than ever and it’ll open up a whole new world of diving.
  • My children’s soccer/flute/finger painting/chess/{insert child activity here} lessons require me there. Why not get into it together? Your kids can take part in PADI Bubblemaker or PADI Seal Team activities. Or, if you want to go exotic, head to a Kids Sea Camp.
Guru Kids Sea Camp

Now that you don’t have any excuses, why not get out there and improve yourself – or at least your diving – with some reading, some water time or a class. Just think of it this way, you’ll have a great head start for when September rolls around.


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