One More Down Under

Last month, we went to visit Emily, our sweet daughter and personal “dive instructor” in the Keys,

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for lots of hugs and to finish Jon’s SCUBA certification, only available to those 10 years old and up.  He qualified there, had finished his 15 hour online PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) course, and was ready to go down under.

He was successful at accomplishing all the tasks in the pool and just as easily did so in his 4 open water dives in the ocean.  How do you do this??

Board the dive boat, the awesome Giant Stride,

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listen to your instructions

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prepare your gear

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smile,IMG_5237

put on your gear

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smile,

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follow your instructor

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walk to the back of the boat,IMG_5200

prepare to make your “giant stride,”

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jump in, and give another big smile!!FullSizeRender copy 384

Being neutrally buoyant, suspended evenly in water,

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and waving to your mom from below are all parts of a successful dive!

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Totally right up his alley!  Katherine joined him for several of the dives

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while Richard enjoyed being at the helm with the amazing mentorship of Captain Jason.

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He made the trip back to the dock enjoyable for all!

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With all now SCUBA certified, we visited the History of Diving Museum on our day off.

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So much great information on the beginnings of underwater diving…and with lots of love!IMG_5183IMG_5181IMG_5191IMG_5190

We had a wonderful time staying at a campground

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in a camper down there…almost as cozy as the boat!

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David and Rick enjoyed diving as well.

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A beautiful week in the beautiful Keys

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and Jonny Coconuts found something to keep him busy when he wasn’t diving.FullSizeRender copy 385IMG_5242IMG_5244

God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas;

and God saw that it was good.  Genesis 1:10

 

 

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