How Scuba Diving Reshaped My Life
I’m from the School of General Studies; I graduated in ‘97. I’m one of the leaders of the CAA, one of the original two hundred. I got a letter in the mail in 2004 from the University, and had a small heart attack thinking they wanted their degree back! I couldn’t think of any reason in the world why they would know me from anyone, but it turned out that they were inviting me to be one of the two hundred world leaders to help launch the CAA.
I had wanted to scuba dive since I was eight years old, and never had the money, never had the time. It just didn’t work out until 2003—it was my divorce present to myself! Best divorce present in the world. And since it lived up to every one of my dreams and expectations, I immediately—after my first open water checkout dives in Bonaire—decided to start giving back. I scuba dive with wounded warriors and people with disabilities, and I’ve written a screenplay on the subject which I have been shopping around to producers in Hollywood. It’s absolutely near and dear to my heart.
So, as a scuba diver and an avid ocean health person, I’m very excited to be involved with an ocean-health themed program at the Explorers Club, with a panel discussion by people from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
We were trying to think of a topic that we could do at the Explorers Club that could be tied into STEM Day. So two or three of us got together and figured out that the health of the oceans is definitely a big topic, and can easily be tied into science and math and what they’re doing at Lamont—what research is being done, what new developments, what research are they coming up with to try and address the acidification of the ocean, and the overfishing, and the myriad problems of climate being hugely problematic.
That’s actually going to be my favorite event, and we haven’t even done it yet!