Just a single gal, enjoying the splash of the waves and the motion of the ocean
I fell in love with the ocean at a very early age; the rhythmic and sometimes unexpected waves breaking over my head made me squeal with delight and feel free and alive, a feeling I have never forgotten.
Thirty years on, I still leave the sea feeling ten years younger than before I got in and any worries vanish into the sea air as ocean minerals soak deep into my skin. The overall feeling of health I experience as I exit the water holds me now as it did then, firmly under its salty spell.
Water based activities such as scuba-diving, underwater photography, body-boarding, jet-skiing and just plain old swimming are the metaphorical ‘white horses on the waves’ for me. Add a fifteen-litre nitrox tank and some amazing sea creatures into the mix and how could a girl not get hooked? So here I am; a dedicated ambassador of the ocean, with a passion for creating memorable photographs and burning desire to continue my aquatic adventures. I hope you join me and dive in for a while.
My passions are varied and include everything from house music to feeling the sun on my face but here are some of my favourites.
It all began on Swanage Pier when I signed up for the PADI Open Water Course during a cold week in April
PADI Open Water Diver
Divers Down, Swanage Pier
I learned to use basic scuba gear, including mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and air cylinder, I learned the basic theory of scuba diving and practiced the techniques to a competent level on four open water dives.
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
Dive College, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
This course built confidence and expanded upon my scuba skills through completing five different adventure dives including navigation, deep dive, boat dive, peak performance buoyancy control and underwater photography.
PADI courses are a great way to learn new skills and have enabled me to build my knowledge, practical skills and experience over time.
Digital Underwater Photographer
PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method of photography. Learned the principles for composition of underwater images and practical techniques to obtain great photos using a digital camera and photo editing.
Peak Performance Buoyancy
I learned how to determine the exact weight needed, so I’m not too light or too heavy, streamline my body to save energy, use air more efficiently, move more smoothly through the water and hover effortlessly in any position.
Enriched Air Diver
I learned how nitrox allows longer dives and how to manage oxygen exposure. I practiced analysing oxygen content in the scuba tank and how to set my dive computer for diving with enriched air (nitrox).
Emergency Oxygen Provider
I learned about dive injuries, different types of emergency oxygen equipment and safety considerations when using oxygen. I practiced using emergency oxygen equipment and using a mask on a nonbreathing diver.
Surface Marker Buoy Diver
Surface marker buoys (SMBs) allow scuba divers to mark boundaries for mapping, alert boat traffic, or provide a line as a visual reference for ascending divers. During two dives, I learned the proper techniques and protocols for using surface marker buoys.
Coral AWARE Conservation Diver
I learned how coral reefs function and the complex nature of life on a reef, why coral reefs are so important, why many coral reefs are in serious trouble and what I can do to help prevent further decline.
Shark AWARE Conservation Diver
I learned about the value of sharks and their crucial role in marine eco systems, what is causing the rapid loss of shark populations, how to dive with sharks safely and what to expect when diving with sharks.
Project AWARE Conservation Diver
I learned about environmental issues in the ocean commons and coastal zones, about fisheries challenges and sustainability problems, what’s happening to coral reefs and reef inhabitants and what I can do to help protect marine environments.
Sea Search Observer Volunteer
I map out various types of sea bed found near the shore, and record what lives in each sea bed which helps Seasearch establish the richest sites for marine life, where problems are and which areas need protecting.
Fish Identification AWARE Diver
I learned how to identify the different characteristics of fish families and species, fish survey techniques and strategies and about Project AWARE activities which can help protect aquatic marine life.
I am always keen to meet other divers, photographers and ocean kindred spirits so you are very welcome to get in touch. A quick email is the best way to contact me, so we can arrange a convenient time to chat.