For the last few years, I've wanted to get SCUBA certified. I never had the time to do so, but that didn't stop me from planning for it, and that is why a diver is part of Melev's Reef. Often asked if the diver on my business card is me, I replied that it was my goal, a constant reminder of what I wanted to do some day. For the past 30 days, I've been working hard to get this accomplished, and I'm happy to report that as of yesterday I'm now fully certified for open water. I took the full PADI course, which included five pool dives and four lake dives, and about 30 hours of class & homework.
I documented each step of the process on Reef Addicts, so these are the links for the specific stages:
Buying Equipment: http://www.reefaddicts.com/content.php/363-Getting-Wet-At-Last-SCUBA-gear