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Post #3 of 7 Posts : Cozumel Mexico SCUBA Dive & Training Through to Other SCUBA Diving Training
Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver : 21 June 2009 Certification Graduation & Specialty SCUBA Diver: Deep Diver : 21 June 2009 Certification Graduation & Specialty SCUBA Diver: Multilevel Diver : 21 June 2009 Certification Graduation
At Travis Lake in Austin Texas for the Deep SCUBA Diver as well as the Multilevel SCUBA Diver certifications of which Patrick D. Lynch and Jeff Walters had been my instructors with Curtis Powell Jr, we had gone through various aspects in the classroom before going out to Lake Travis in Austin for the SCUBA Dives. There I learned about what Patrick did to help Boy Scouts as well as Curtis asking me if I only got into SCUBA Diving because of the death of my dead-ex-husband, of which I clarified the reality for him. Though I had learned of the benefits of SCUBA Diving for people with headaches after my dead-ex-husband's death, his death had not been the reason why I went into SCUBA Diving and I informed him "If you ever knew how bad that marriage was, you would comprehend why I never looked into attempting SCUBA Diving when he was alive."
So admitting yes only because of my dead-ex-husband's death did I feel comfortable enough to look into SCUBA Diving because of the type of marriage he and I had before the final separation, that had not been my only purpose for getting involved with SCUBA; though I had felt safe enough to look into such because of him not being around me. Curtis laughed and said "It couldn't have been that bad" and I said "If you only knew, you would not ever say that to me. If your daughter had ever gone through what I had, I doubt you would be so crass at this moment and if your daughter went through what I had I know you would have been a better parent than what I ended up with." He looked to the side and said "I don't think you know how easy you could have had it" and I said "I don't think you comprehend how atrocious that so-called marriage was and if you ever learn of how bad it was, I would guesstimate you wouldn't wish such upon your worst enemy." Patrick had looked to the side and said "I think we should change the subject right now, because I think this is getting into some waters which are a little too heavy for SCUBA Diving." I said "I do not deny I was in an extremely abusive marriage and I am glad I survived it, but make no mistake when you look at me thinking I just use the insurance money as Curtis claimed."
Jeff looked at the water and said "Susan, you don't know what you're talking about." I said "No, I do know what I am talking about, I lived through it. You three think you know what you're talking about in reference to me and just because some people might do what Curtis suggested, not I. I am actually doing what I can to be in less pain and I am doing what I can to educate myself in ways which I have not had anyone assist me, and I am insulted at the fact you would even suggest something so heinous. You look at me and all you see is an ex-wife whose husband died and then I got into SCUBA Diving which is only a partial truth but if I had found the Israeli Medical Journals before the time when I did, I would not have gotten involved with SCUBA Diving if he was alive. Yes because he is dead I am able to feel safe enough to SCUBA Dive, but no it is not because he died and the insurance money allows such. I make my own money from my VA and so do not insult me by trying to say or insinuate it is such which has afforded me to do so. Also do not insult me by saying I don't know what I am talking about when in reference to what I dealt with in my marriage to that piece of garbage, you don't have the slightest idea of what I endured." I walked off and away from the campfire to go smoke as the other SCUBA Divers stayed with each other talking about whatever they did, as I focused my energy elsewhere as to not break down and cry. When I returned to the group Patrick asked me "Are you okay?" and I said "I'm breathing, and I'm going to my tent." He asked "Do you want to talk about what just happened?" and I said "No, I just calmed myself down from that conversation which was better than with my ex-in-laws but still, I did not get involved with SCUBA Diving to have such discussions."
Later on Patti came out to the lake to go over the Advanced Open Water on Saturday and the rest of the weekend went better than that discussion had the night before, though I did not bring up the topic as it was not of importance at the time. What was important was my focus upon the course as the classroom work had been much to keep in mind and think about in reference to my safety for each decent and each ascent instead of thinking about what I had dealt with. Though the rest of the class had gone well, the deep dives were at 105 ATMs or 3,564 feet or 1,188 meters in the Lake Travis area as we followed the chain downward. Due to the fact the weekend was longer for those SCUBA Dives, I was able to complete the coursework for each of my certifications quicker but accurately.
During this weekend course work I had spoken with Patrick about his upcoming SCUBA Dive to The USS Oriskany and I had informed him I was preparing myself for allowing myself to go into the ocean for the first time SCUBA Diving through going to Cozumel Mexico, though I was skeptical in certain regards. He asked me "How many dives do you have?" I said "I have 73 SCUBA Dives logged, though I forgot to write a few down." His eyes widened as he asked "Why have you waited so long to go into the ocean?" and I said "I need to make sure I know all of my gear before I go into the ocean as I would not allow myself to go to Florida without the training I deem to be of extreme importance for myself, before I go. I have a trip planned to Florida after Georgia and I refuse to allow myself to go SCUBA Diving in the ocean, without certain aspects taken care of properly." He asked "What do you mean, you're an Open Water SCUBA Diver, you're good to go."
I said "Sure, I technically could be considered good to go for such. However because of my Psalm Sunday 2000 head injury I want to make sure I trust myself and my SCUBA gear to ascend and after my descent, both being as safe as possible. I don't want any problems and I can't afford to make a single mistake as surfacing to my children safely is extremely important." Patrick smiled "Of course it is." I said "You may feel or have felt comfortable to go into the ocean as you did, but for me to feel comfortable to go into the ocean with SCUBA gear; I needed to make sure I am absolutely 100 percent comfortable with myself and my gear. I am testing myself in the waters when I go to Cozumel because it is shallower waters of the ocean but when I go to Florida and in the Atlantic areas of the ocean, I need to be 100 percent on point." He smiled "Being a safe SCUBA Diver is important. Where are you planning on going SCUBA Diving?"
I said "When I am in Georgia my ex-sister-in-law Mary said she will allow me to go SCUBA Diving at the Georgetown Aquarium to go SCUBA Diving with the Whale Sharks, then I have a SCUBA Dive arranged for when I am in Boca Raton Florida, and following that I have planned to go SCUBA Diving at The USS Vandenberg." He said "I want to go to The Vandenberg, but I have been wanting to go to The USS Oriskany longer." I said "I would like to also go to The USS Oriskany, but that will be a bit much of traveling to get there and more than I already am going to be doing." He asked "Who is going with you?" I said "I am driving but my children are going with me as well as one of their cousins, so she can have some time to actually be a child." He asked what I meant by that, and I explained Marissa Marie's treatment by her mother Susie Marie Nichols-Lopez and how she had been made to be responsible for her brother Joseph and her older sister's son instead of being a kid. Patrick said "That's nice of you to take her along with you" and I said "She is going to enjoy herself as she has never been out of the state of Texas and has never seen what a beach looks like, so it will also be educational for her to enjoy. Her mom doesn't allow her any fun, and so I hope this experience will be a good one for her." He asked "What does her mom have to say about that?"
I said "Susie is mad at me because I will only take Marissa with me but as much as she spoils Joseph Anthony because of him being the only male and how Brieanna has other responsibilities of which she needs to learn to take care of herself instead of relying on everyone else as her mother taught her, I don't care what Susie Marie thinks. If she doesn't want Marissa to go, she can tell Marissa herself; but the plans are already set in motion." Patrick smiled and said "Despite what I think I get you have survived, that's really generous of you to take one of those family members with you." I said "I have always had a soft spot for Marissa Marie as I saw what she was going through the first time I met her, and she and I had a bond quickly. It was her mother who seemed to have an issue with the fact I was more accepting of her and saw the problems she faced initially and Brieanna Marie had issues with the fact I called her out for certain attitude adjustment issues, but has learned that I am fair with my judgments. She has had some issues, but she has come around much quicker than some would give her credit for; specifically her mother."
Specialty SCUBA Diver: Drift Diver : 29 June 2009 Certification Graduation & Specialty SCUBA Diver: AWARE Fish Identification : 29 June 2009 Certification Graduation
Due to the fact I was unwilling to go into the ocean until I had completed at least fifty SCUBA Dives and when I made that point I felt I needed a few more training aspects before booking my trip which I had, and I am grateful I did. The first SCUBA Dive after a few hours from arriving to Cozumel, which technically the SCUBA Diver Instructors should have waited more than one hour before we went SCUBA Diving; was along the shoreline, of which when we checked into the Apple SCUBA Dive shop. There were people getting married at the gazebo down the ramp, though only two of the SCUBA Divers had seen that with me as the other couple and Jeff's girlfriend had gone to the rooms to sleep after the flight. As I had been put in a room with one of the other SCUBA Divers who was the only other single SCUBA Diver on the trip besides myself as he told me and the other SCUBA Divers were couples going on vacation together with the exception of Jeff Walters who was my SCUBA Instructor as I was told, the SCUBA trip I was looking forward to my training was interesting to say minimally. After seeing the wedding at the gazebo and thinking to myself "Ugh, that whole love thing must be nice; but not what I want to see right now" as then Jess came down the ramp and saw and I said "Aren't you glad yours is in the room, and this wasn't going on when we first arrived?"
Left to Right at the Cozumel Airport after we landed and got off of the airplane:
Me: Susan MeeLing SCUBA Diver Extraordoinaire
Sally, Jeff Walter's Girlfriend at the time
Joy, AJ's wife
Left to Right at the area of the hotel in Cozumel before getting the SCUBA gear for the shoreline SCUBA Dive:
Jeff Walters, PADI SCUBA Instructor
Me: Susan MeeLing, SCUBA Diver Extraordoinaire
The Photographer for the Wedding Ceremony
In the Gazebo: the wedding couple before their ceremony
A picture I took when passing by an area in Cozumel in which the coral reef grew similar to the way a cave/cavern looks when viewing outward
A Fish which was following the SCUBA Diving group and I around on that SCUBA Dive in Cozumel. I called that one Silver Tip
The Albino Spotted Moray Eel I found when landing at the bottom of the ocean in Cozumel
The Spotted Stingray I found and took a picture of when the group and I landed at the bottom of the ocean, in Cozumel
Picture on the Left: Me: Susan MeeLing, SCUBA Diver Extraordoinaire when on the boat as we were on the way to the island for a surface interval
Picture I took on the right: Sunrise
Picture I took when on the water: Sunset
The Seahorse I found when the group I was with SCUBA Dove at night
From Left to right at the area of Cozumel where I found the petrified Brain Coral after the picture:
Sally, Jeff Walters' girlfriend
Joy, AJ's wife
Me: Susan MeeLing, SCUBA Diver Extraordoinaire
Picture I took of the area I climbed after I picked up the petrified Brain Coral, the lower cliff is where I grabbed it from