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Submerging into the underwater  World

As a dive officer in the Frontier camp in Madagascar the daily duties change from week to week bringing up new challenges. General volunteer managing and maintanance of equipment is a big part but the true interest lies the dive related activities and making sure dive training is given in a fun and safe manner.

I remember when I started learning diving in Sweden, being 11 years old and to stand next to this dark lake, knowing that you soon would be swallowed by it. It was one of the scariest experiences but at the same time giving me one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever felt. For me, diving has always been about doing something as far away from reality as possible, giving you a major challenge that builds you up as a person. To pass this on, as an instructor, to likeminded people makes me relive the experience over and over again.

As all teaching, conducting dive training is very rewarding and to see people struggling with their first breath underwater, to becoming comfortable and mastering their skills underwater is special. In the beginning, most students usually have certain things they struggle with; for example, feeling uncomfortable having water in the mask, making them not being able to fill and clear a mask, which is one of the requirements before being certified as a diver. Also, the initial overload of too much information could make people feel like giving up but when overcoming obstacle after obstacle the turning point comes. I believe it would not be the same reward if it was easy.

Being introduced to the underwater world in Madagascar is adding to the scuba experience. To some, diving is about the feeling of being weightless and mastering the equipment underwater but for most people, the adrenaline rush appears when experience the scenic alien world with all it has to offer. Being surrounded by a school of barracudas or a glance from a turtle investigating every single movement you make with a great intellect. Not knowing what is going to appear brings the factor of surprise personalizing each and every dive.

As a diver you are also an embassador of the sea. By being surrounded by the natural beauty that the sea has to give, it is inevitable to get an emotional connection to it. The ongoing destruction of the oceans is becoming greater, meaning environmental awareness and conservation is more important than ever.

By completing an Open Water Diver course, one would grow as a person, learn about the environmental struggles that are connected to the world’s oceans and making unforgettable memories.

By Magnus Janson - Madagascar Dive Officer

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