How a Scuba Diving Holiday Brought Career Changes
When I heard the news about going for a vacation in the North Atlantic, I was very happy and grateful to my parents for the opportunity to holiday. By then I was still in college pursuing a diploma in Environmental Science, and the last time that we had a family vacation was while I was 9, and I can’t recall much about the whole experience in Venice, Italy except for some old photos which still hung in my room.
Therefore I felt relieved and my planning started. I wanted to get the most of the vacation and the best approach was to research of the opportunities which awaited me there during spring. Upon quick research, I came up with several ideas and one which was completely unique and quite adventuring was scuba diving. Being relatively new to it I research a lot of info about it so that I could be forearmed and know what to expect.
Therefore when we left for Canada, our holiday being the Gulf of St Lawrence, I was all set for some scuba diving. All the info that I needed was available as well as the costume and gear that I would require. You can bet that I also had a water-proof camera with me which I had recently bought as part of my preparations. During my research, I realized that taking videos and pictures of sea creatures was one adventurous aspect of scuba diving and I was not ready to miss it. What remained was some basic training and boom; I would be swimming alongside dolphin, whales and seals.
The following day after arrival, I went to the tour office where I was supposed to meet my guide whom my dad had contacted earlier and off we went adventuring. We spend the whole morning diving, swimming and other practices and then in the afternoon when the guide knew that I had some experience, he led me to the favorable spots where I could have the thrilling experience that I had yearned for.
However, two hours of adventuring, I had seen so little than I expected and this really disappointed me. I knew that during spring there are a lot of sea creatures but I only so a handful of them and of these majority were the smaller creatures. I felt as if the guide was jealous enough and didn’t lead me to the spot where I could best enjoy the turtle and other sea creatures. This made me accost him for answers.
That is when he went to length to explain to me how the productivity and survival of these creatures was being threatened by human activities. By the way he was explaining he really felt sorry for the devastating endangering of the species. I could tell that he was a naturalist who loved these animals. At the end, I sought to know of measures being undertaken to protect them.
That’s when he explained to me that lovers of these marine creatures are the ones who should be at the forefront in the conservation and was quick to comment that I would make a good one.
That was it 6 years later; I became a certified Marine Conservation Biologist.