But something changed when I went snorkeling with beluga whales in Churchill. When they started turning around to get a better look at me I wanted more.
But I did nothing.
Until today. I took the first step to see if it’s something I could actually do by snuba diving at Manele Bay. Snuba is best explained as a cross-breed between snorkel and scuba. You use an air tank but it floats in a dingy on the water as you swim twenty feet underwater and no certification is needed.
Our guide Frank from Trilogy was great at explaining how to breathe and how to unplug your ears before you go deeper.
I got in the water and put the regulator on and steadied my breathing but as I put my face in the water I began to breathe more rapidly and felt panicky.
Oh no. I can’t do this.
I raised my head out and paused to tell myself to calm down. I focused on long breaths as I do in yoga and I felt the panic slowly slip away. I swam deeper to get a closer look at the brilliant fluorescent fish.
It was incredible.
Unfortunately one couple wasn’t able to overcome the understandable panic but Frank was great at ensuring they were okay while directing us towards schools of fish. Snorkeling is great but being able to see where fish were hiding and feeding was amazing. Frank then he signaled me in another direction and I realized we were in really shallow water.
Time was up and I was out of air.
Rather than be disappointed I’m taking it as a good sign that I wanted more. I’m finally ready for scuba lessons. The only question is: where should I take them?