Luke is turning 13, is a Jr. Open Water diver and had completed 6 dives. He is interested in photography and wanted to see what it was like!
I met him at Divecenter Merlin and we went through the equipment set-up and the dive briefing and he was great! His attention to detail and safety really impressed me. We talked about photography and discussed equipment and headed out on our dive.
Luke chose to put his gear on in the water and made sure we did a complete safety check! He had some equalization issues during the descent but handled it perfectly. No frustration, no getting upset - just handled it calmly and correctly!
His enthusiasm was wild! Cheering and smiling at everything we saw! Great control over his buoyancy and very attentive to his gauges and to mine! It was a VERY enjoyable dive!
Back at the shop he dis-assembled the gear and cleaned it and thanked everyone!
It is GREAT to see a young person so excited and thrilled with the ocean. They are the future of the life under the sea and the future guardians of our reefs.
Thanks Luke - that was an awesome dive! Happy Birthday Buddy - we'll dive together again. Oh, and I love the sign you taught me for "peeing in your wetsuit" :) :) :)