Many people have thought I've been SCUBA diving for a long time, but the truth is I only got certified about four years ago. I wanted to do it sooner, but life didn't work out that way. Those divers on my business card and website were put there as a goal to aspire to, and in 2012 I was able to reach that goal. Getting certified wasn't too difficult, I just had to purchase some gear, schedule some classes, do my bookwork and complete my checkout dives. Mere weeks later, I was diving off O'ahu and loving that down time. I felt very comfortable, in fact.