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Scuba Guru - DFD Interview Series - Being a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver


Dear Fellow Diver: Thanks, Mr. Shakespeare, for joining us today. What do you go by? Bill? Will? Is it okay if I call you “Will”?

Will S.: What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

DFD: I’ve heard that somewhere, but okay. Will, would you say that becoming a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver enhanced your confidence as a diver?

Will S.: Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.

DFD: I’ll take that as a “yes,” though I think talking about death and cowards may overstate the case. Now if I recall what I heard correctly, you enjoyed the Deep Adventure Dive most. What did you learn that you liked best?

Will S.: I can call spirits from the vasty deep.

DFD: Sure, and I see dead people. Seriously, though, I agree with what you’re saying – learning about narcosis is an important part of the training. How about the Night Adventure Dive – two of my closest friends went with you. They said you loved diving after sunset with them.

Will S.: Two of these fellows you must know and own. This thing of darkness I acknowledge mine.

DFD: Ha! That’s Len and Mal for you. Had a good time with them, did you? They also made the Dry Suit Adventure Dive with you. They said you never liked diving in the middle of winter, but after diving dry, you compared it to diving in the dead of summer. But it was more eloquent – how did you put it?

Will S.: Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York, and all the clouds that lour'd upon our house in the deep bosom of the ocean buried.

DFD: Wow, I don’t know where you get this stuff. And without the MS Word thesaurus, too. Let’s jump to the Wreck Adventure Dive. The scuttlebutt has it that you were on a well-known wreck – I’ll have to keep it nameless for the interview – and you found out what really caused it to sink. Clue us in?

Will S.: The ship were no stronger than a nutshell and as leaky as an unstanched wench.

DFD: I suppose that would put it on the bottom. Okay, last question. In your own words, why should divers thinking about the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver go sign up today with their local PADI Dive Center or Resort?

Will S.: Let the world slip, we shall ne'er be younger.

DFD: Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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