See the fan and finger coral, with purple veins – rows swaying in unison with spots of sunlight glinting off the sand bottom – peaceful, serene sea on the southwest side of Cozumel
(island across from Playa Del Carmen).
Practising my snorkel diving – a technique that takes you closer to the bottom of the sea – I hope to gain better breath control.
Take a deep breath, hold, dive down and release 25% of air as you descend (but not too much or it feels as if you will run out of air) and calmly float around (too much excitement wastes air) and get up close and personal with a yellow striped fish (sergeant major). Hurry and take the picture – “oh, no he’s moving too fast and I’m running out of breath!”
Click of camera – good enough picture before breath diminishes. Hard kick with fins up to the surface where I expel water from the snorkel tube and hopefully continue breathing without coughing.
Reach surface with aplomb and thrill of achieving goal of diving with ease. Distraction of taking photo helped with technique. Even though it was only a six foot dive, it felt like a big step toward future deeper diving adventures.