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Stephen Wertzbaugher

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Having lived the majority of my life land-locked (desert, mountains, small town mid-west) I never considered the ocean more than a nice place to visit that was a little scary under the surface. I grew up watching Sea Hunt with Lloyd Bridges and the Undersea Adventures of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, but again, that was just TV and not real. Through the years I occasionally mentioned that I might want to learn how to dive, but I never took my interest seriously.

Then a few months ago, my wife asked me if she had to learn to dive with me. Taken aback, I stuttered a nonchalant “no,” and we continued our evening. But the fire had been lit. The next week, I walked into a dive shop near where I work (Underwater Phantaseas) with the intention of just getting some information. Thirty minutes later, I walked out having signed up for my open water certification course and the rest, they say, is history.

I am now a certified Open Water Scuba Diver and want nothing more than to spend every waking moment in the water. But I also want more than that. Scuba has opened my eyes to a new, fascinating, and wondrous world that I want to completely immerse myself in through continuing education, participation, and conservation. I am looking forward to a long and sustained relationship with diving and the underwater world I have discovered.