Plenty of fish in the sea – terrifying isn’t it
If there’s one thing I haven’t done that fills me with regret it’s scuba diving.
So many people have, it’s not particularly brave and really I should just do it.
But I’m scared.
It’s strange that I’m scared. Because I’m not usually. I don’t mind snakes, I am happy to pick up spiders, and I will jump off high things without making a fuss.
But there’s something about going deep underwater and not knowing what I’m going to see or what’s behind me that fills me with fear.
But as JFK famously said (although not in the context of scuba diving) we have nothing to fear but fear itself. And sharks of course. Oh and jelly fish. And ones oxygen tank blowing up. And ‘the bends’ if you come up too fast. Other than that though it’s just fear.
So I’ve decided to jump in and try to conquer scuba diving.
The big question for me was where? I wanted it to be beautiful obviously, sunny with warm water so I don’t get cold and a sea full of interesting things that don’t want to eat me.
My other factor was making sure I did it in a proper place with excellent instructors and pristine equipment.
So I have chosen. Spice Island Beach Resort in St Georges, Grenada.
Grenada is perhaps not as well known as it should be for scuba but those in the know will tell you to go.
The hotel is set in eight acres of tropical gardens, it’s on the beach and the food is delicious with international cuisine and Creole both on offer.
Plus the spa, Janissa’s, has recently been redesigned by arguably America’s top architect and interior designer Kobi Karp.
Most importantly for this particular trip though is the PADI-certified diving centre which is full of very experienced instructors who are as happy with terrified beginners like me as they are with experts.
Hopefully they won’t mind me clinging on to them too much.
Some might say it’s silly to do what scares me but I think we should all try to stop fear from ruining our fun.
I’d love to hear from any of you who did something that scared them and loved it.
For now I’m just going to watch some YouTube clips of friendly looking sea animals like turtles and Nemo.