A little bit about me! My dad started diving when he was 16 years old, and the dive shop just gave you a tank and a reg and said "don't hold your breath." He was an "instructor" before there WERE instructors! I got certified by SSI when I was 12, I went through all the pointless steps to become "Jr. Advanced" etc... If you've been diving long enough, you'll realize that those classes usually don't mean much. It's your experiences that count. I am now 25, I have been diving over half my life. I am Cave Certified by the NACD (National Association for Cave Diving) and I absolutely love it! My dad and brother are both full cave certified, and my sister is open water (she only like warm water with pretty fish!) My mom will go snorkeling every once in awhile, but she's usually most happy with a good book on the surface.
In the cumulative _80_ years that my family has been SCUBA diving, not a single one of us has ever run out of air, needed a deco chamber, or had any sort of crisis. With that being said though, we have lost family friends to the sport. Most notably July 27th, 2004 when Sarah "Franny" Slaughter accidentally dropped the oxygen tank she was filling. My dad's friend Chris, sadly hasn't been diving since.
My biggest fear is that something might happen to me in a cave (where, no matter how prepared you are, things HAPPEN. You cannot prepare for a medical crisis 200' into a system). And that my family would lose the love they have of the support.
SCUBA Diving is in my blood, its part of my life. I'm most comfortable in the water, and I really like sharing my experience and advice with others. If anyone is in the Michigan/Northern Ohio area, feel free to drop me a line! I'd love to go diving with you!
And this is what I want this community to be about. Sharing our experiences. No chastising for mistakes. Realize that a mistake is a mistake, you learn from it and move on. Instead of finger-pointing, offer some advice!