02/07/2006: "Neutral Buoyancy"
Awhile ago I went out for dinner with friends and we talked about the good things we had in our lives here in Juneau, and the things we missed from other places we've lived. That's had me thinking about a lot of things I used to enjoy and I realized that I *really* miss scuba diving.
That photo was from...geesh, over 10 years ago...diving in Alaska is not the same as diving in Hawaii, you need to wear a dry suit cuz the water is FREEZING which makes mobility restricted. I had a whole slew of mishaps when I did my certification dives in Whittier Alaska, which I don't want to get into...but despite 3 days of HELL I still knew that for me there is nothing as spectacular as neutral buoyancy; just floating...looking up at the sun shining through the water, watching the color spectrum fade away the lower you swim with everything so quiet except for the sound of your own breathing.
I found a place here in Juneau called the Channel Dive Center. If you click on their side-bar, you can see all kinds of cool photographs, various lessons they offer etc. There's also info about the Auke Rec Reef and Dive Park, which I find exciting because when I first moved to Juneau there wasn't much to see or dive around (plus it's only five minutes from where I work). Now they even have a group called the GODIVAS: "a thriving group of lady divers, hosting fun dive events and working as volunteers for the Alaska Artificial Reef Society, What does it take to be a GODIVA? A love for diving!!"
Yeah, I have a love for diving! I had no idea that Juneau had such an active diving community. When I was in art school I was originally a sculpting major, and I still have some cool underwater sculptures I did for an underwater dive park that never got past the plans stage...(doing large-scale sculpture takes major resources). Anyway, I really feel incredibly excited right now...ok, those of you who know me know that I go off on crazy tangents from time to time but this is something that I've always been excited and interested in...funny how we can just forget about things we used to feel passionately about!