Holding My Breath


I hold scuba divers in awe, sort of on par with astronauts, since both have the courage to explore a different world.

Travel Weekly's prolific contributing editor, Carla Hunt, recently wrote in our publication about her experiences on a learn-to-dive vacation in Belize.

Early on in her tale, she relates that her husband, upon learning of her trip, exclaimed, "You want to do what?

Carla is about as intrepid a traveler as they come. It will not surprise me in the least if she turns out to be among the first travel journalists to take a space flight press trip.

Her report is a factual, and sometimes humorous, account of what is involved in learning to dive. It would be a great clip to give to clients considering such a vacation.

During a vacation trip to the Caribbean, my husband and I signed up for one scuba lesson, which was to be followed by a 30-minute dive just a few hundred yards off the coast of Tortola.

We went through the lesson fine, but when it came time to stroll underwater toward the coral reef, I chickened out.

John went with the rest of the group, and enjoyed himself. I might just as well have gone, since I virtually held my breath until I saw him emerge safely from the water.

Now, after reading Carla's report, I think I'm ready to give it another try.

Read Carla Hunt's story here.


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