As we age meeting and making new friends is always a challenge especially when we consider all of the challenges that life throws our way. Think about the last trip you were on, you probably didn’t know anyone or unless you travel with a large group such as the dive shop you may have known everyone there may have been someone new to the group. Even the ones you didn’t know you had a common bond. That is the love of diving. Your conversations probably started on places you have been and grew from there.
Or maybe you are new to a neighborhood or town, maybe even just standing in line at the grocery store and you are wearing your newest favorite t-shirt from your last dive adventure. The person behind you generally ask something along the line how was the diving or are you a diver. Some of the other questions a new non diving friend may ask, “aren’t you afraid of sharks”, “how deep have you gone” or even about your favorite place to dive or how long you have been diving.
Some of our best and closest friends have been made on dive boats. The story of how we meet Martin and Christine is a dive story classic. It was in Cozumel the week after hurricane Emily in 2005, we were booked at the same resort, but due to the damage the resort claimed they had no water or rooms for us; but they would be happy to send us to their sister property in Cancun. We politely declined and eventually they found rooms for us all. The next day we were on the boat reliving the night before and diving and we have dove with them every year since 2007 at least once every year
PADI had a saying in the old curriculum that went like this; Go places, meet people, do things. And it is true today. Diving is a social sport, sure the buddy system enhances our safety, but it more than doubles the fun