PADI Scuba Certified - Finally!

After 6+ months of working towards my PADI Open Water Diver Certification, I'm finally certified!

I first started the process back in August/September of 2017, doing my coursework and pool instructions with the Anchor Shack Dive Shop, the owner of which Kevin was very nice and friendly. 

I then set off to Jamaica for Secrets of the Underground in September where I went diving with ScubaCaribe at the Riu Ocho Rios Club Hotel. My instructor Jenn was equally a great teacher and was a joy to dive with! Sitting on the boat navigating out to our first dive site I thought I was going to get the jitters as it would be my first time diving in the ocean, but I think I was just so pumped to finally get my toes wet, especially with my good film crew friends, that I actually experienced no anxiety or fear!

I finished up my certification with Mark from PV Ocean Tours, at the Los Arcos marine preserve and also at Mismaloya Beach, two unique environments with some fascinating geology. 

You can experience my two Puerto Vallarta dives with me by watching the video below:

So what am I planning next? Well my next plan is to dive in Hawaii sometime this summer, and then also I would like a dive in the kelp forests of Monterey Bay a couple times this year, which I hear is an amazing experience when the visibility is good.

Stay tuned for more!

Stefan Burns