I was twelve years old when I first snorkelled, while on holiday at Mombasa, Kenya – and witnessed three people on our dhow gear up, jump in and disappear into the depths of the ocean for well over an hour.
I soon learned that they were divers – and that it was the gear that allowed them to breathe comfortably underwater; SCUBA stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.
That was December 1999 when I declared to my mother that “One day I shall be a certified Scuba Diver!”
In December 2010, this childhood quirky “dream” was realised.
Upon graduating from ILS Law College, Pune in 2010 – I began working for a small NGO that is committed to socio-environment issues in Gujarat. I had interned there previously, and was well-aware that paid employment would not give a salary that is worth mentioning in ‘conversation’.
Thus six months of my stipend was what went into the trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, where I took the SSI (Scuba Schools International) Basic Beginners course at Dive India, Havelock Island.
The experience? The kind that suspends your senses boggles the mind and leaves one in a trance – unparallel! I returned with blocked ears, sunburn but grinning from ear to ear –for the thought, that one ‘crazy’ fancy was actually achieved.