Sander has been diving from a very young age. His experience in the water means he is a valuable instructor at Davy Jones Locker. In this article for the DJL blog Sander describes the feeling of calm and relaxation when he is underwater. He calls it the beauty of diving silence.
The Beauty of Diving Silence
“After everybody confirms they are ready to go down you hear the sounds of the bcds deflating. You slowly sink underwater and everything goes silent. Just you and your breathing pattern is all that is left. As you slowly descend into the deep, you feel your whole body relax. This is the moment you have been waiting for all day. No talking, no sounds, no effort.
You slowly glide through the water with minimum effort using efficient finkicks, watching the beauty of the underwater world. As weird as it may sound for non divers, this is the time of the day we make our important decisions. You might find yourself wondering “why?” .The answer to this is simple.
Think about it. When do you make your important decisions of the day? After you come home from a stressful day of work, right? You sit down, you can finally relax. Finally take off that tight suit and not think about all the deadlines you have to finish, or the pressure your boss put on you this week. You make these decisions in the place you feel safe and at ease.
For us it is like this. All day we have been running around organizing different things. Making sure the equipment is there and fits our students. Getting the scuba tanks on the big boat. Setting up equipment and doing dive briefings. Answering lots of questions and making sure our customers are alright. Don’t get me wrong, this also is a wonderful part about the job. But it is not the part that I do it for.
I dive for the feeling of total relaxation. The feeling of being one with yourself and the ocean. I call it the beauty of diving silence. It’s the best two hours out of the day for me, and the two hours in which I make my plans and decisions.”