Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Officially a certified open water scuba diver!


Today’s dive was incredible. My nerves were gone, I got over my weirdness with my instructor, and I took time to look around and soak up my unbelievable surroundings. We did this morning’s dive at Tulamben to see the USS Liberty shipwreck. The Liberty was a US cargo ship that was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942. People travel from all over the world just to do this dive…and here I was diving at this site as a part of my certification. Counting my lucky stars… It was extra meaningful for me because I have barely come across any Americans while here in Amed. So there was something oddly special about diving around a site that was connected to America.

We went throughout the shipwreck and saw all sorts of beautiful aquatic life. And then the pinnacle – a giant sea turtle! Just a few feet from me – I was mesmerized. I can’t wait to spend some more time under the sea. Such a fascinating world.

Today was a very good day.


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