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The Perfect Dive

Posted by Silverback on 16 October 2007 at 08:04 PM

In The Groove


You lie on the surface, relaxed. The speargun hangs loosely from your hand. You feel comfortable. You are completely alone and acutely aware of your breathing, deep and calm. You can feel your heart beat slow and rhythmic. Your senses are muffled by the water but they seem more acute in this sensory deprived state.

You prepare for your dive. Your ears are clear. You picture your body flowing into the Ocean, becoming one with the sea. You lift a leg slightly and effortlessly begin to move away from the surface. Your descent hardly leaves a ripple on the surface.

Your head is comfortably positioned looking back at the surface as you commence a fin stroke. Slow and methodical, allowing your body to descend with minimum effort. Your ears clear with slight pressure from your mask. You feel an elevation of pressure and a fleeting anxiety as you move deeper. You have been here many times and have trained your mind not to dwell on the negative and the anxiety disappears. You continually clear your ears as the descent progresses. You are in complete control.

You pass your point of neutral buoyancy. You feel the acceleration increase with little additional effort from your finning. You are deeply calmed by the soothing environment. You stop finning and begin gliding down into the depths.

You picture your body sliding deeper, making sure each part of your body remains relaxed and your mind clear. No negative thoughts, no unnecessary intrusions. Your neck is held comfortably, not arched. You hear as the reef approaches. Your mask squeezes a little more tightly giving you a subtle hint that you are deep.

The dark reef comes into view. As you get closer, you make subtle fin corrections and flare before alighting on the reef silently. You remain calm, apparently ignorant of the activity around you. Your body is not tense, it remains relaxed and supple. Your eyes are almost closed. Sleep seems to be moments away. Your mind is in complete control. Your eyes are searching the periphery for the sign of a large fish. You feel no urges to breathe. You look at your watch and find you have been underwater for a minute and a half.

You push off gently, not a blind rush to the surface. Your fin strokes need to be firm & strong to begin the ascent. Once moving, maintaining the finning is easy and relaxing. The surface appears and you point your speargun up. Breaking the surface, your lungs fill with sweet fresh air.

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