A sub-aquatic scuba girl lovin’ life beneath the waves and the motion of the ocean…
I fell in love with the ocean at a very early age on Swanage beach. 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 and any worries vanish into sea air as ocean minerals penetrate my skin. The overall feeling of health and wonder I experience in the water holds me now as it did then; firmly under its salty spell.
I enjoy many water sport activities including snorkelling, kayaking, body-boarding, jet-skiing and plain old swimming in the sea but my real passion is underwater photography, with its many sea creatures being the true ‘jewels of the ocean’ for me. Add a fifteen-litre scuba tank, a wetsuit and some jet fins and how could a girl not get hooked?
So here I am; a dedicated ambassador of the ocean, with a passion for underwater photography and burning desire to continue my underwater adventures. I hope you’ll join me for a while and dive in.
My passions are varied and include everything from drone racing to feeling the sun on my back 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.
Emergency First Response Diver
Coast 2 Coast Scuba Diving, Poole, UK
I learned Primary Care (CPR), Secondary Care (First Aid), Care for Children, CPR, AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and First Aid at Work. Every 24 months I complete a refresher to focusing on key skills to keep me up to date and ready to lend a hand when necessary.
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 Rescue Diver (Completion due July 2017)
Coast 2 Coast Scuba Diving, Poole, UK
This course repared me to deal with dive emergencies, using a variety of techniques. During practice scenarios I put into practice the knowledge and skills I had learned including self rescue, managing stress, emergency equipment and panicked and unresponsive divers.
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.
Delayed Surface Marker Buoy Diver
Surface marker buoys (SMBs) allow divers to mark boundaries for mapping, alert boat traffic, or provide a a visual reference. I learned the proper techniques for deploying marker buoys at the surface and at depth.
Boat Diver (Completion due June 2017)
The Boat Diver course expanded my knowledge about boats from small to large. I learned about terminiology, diving procedures, how to enter and exit the boat, stow my gear and use safety equipment.
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.
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.
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.
Seahorse Survey Course (Postponed to Sept 17)
During this two day, eight session course I learned how to identify different seahorses, found out what makes them tick, how to find them, why males get pregnant, where they live and how to survey them.
I’m always keen to meet other divers, ocean photographers and kindred spirits. 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.