Beautiful La Jolla Cove (The Jewel)
The 3Rs (Rocks, Rips and Reefs)
I had the privilege yet again to participate in my second 3R’s. For those who are not familiar with the program. The 3R’s is hosted by the San Diego Council of Divers and local dive clubs in San Diego. The San Diego Council of Divers and experienced local lifeguards work together to tour and lead this program. “The goal of 3Rs is an in-water education and site orientation for divers and snorkelers. Participants are briefed on the interaction of surf, swell and tides on underwater rocks and reefs, and then enter the water and tour popular dive sites with experienced instructors” (http://www.sddivers.com/3rs.html#)
As technical as the goal sounds, the program is fun and informative. I mean, isn’t anything in the ocean always fun?
I am actually dumbfounded as to why all this time I have not known about such program. I felt like I was living in the ‘dark’ even though I have been diving since 09’.
As much as I love the ocean I have always felt ignorant in knowing how to face it. I was always under the tutelage of someone who was more experienced to guide me. Now it is my turn to learn and grow. The 3 R’s was a great opportunity to do those very things. I have learned so much from the program. I have gained so much confidence.
To sum it all up:
-Never go alone. Stay with your buddy. Stay together. Same goes in life too. You can’t do things alone and you should never feel alone. Stay with your buddy. You never know when you will need your buddy.
-Follow instructions. Seek advice when you don’t know something. Wisdom is in the eye of the beholder. So seek and ask. No dumb questions!
-When faced with a gigantic wave. Hold on. Duck and trust that the wave will pass. Don’t fight it. Like all the obstacles in life, you must trust that it will pass. Sometimes you have to submit and trust that it too shall pass even if you don’t see a break in sight. There will be a break!
– Be prepared. Come prepared. You will thank yourself for it. Have your wetsuit, booties, fins, mask, snorkel, hood, and gloves ready. Like life, you have to be prepared because you never know when you will run into rocks and reefs and get cut up.
– Enjoy the moment. Hanging out in the shallows and hearing stories about the natural surroundings was great. I was able to snorkel and see all the beautiful garibaldi and wildlife just below my fins. The water was calm and it was just amazing. Enjoy the moment.
– Be open. Get out of your comfort zone. In the first 3R’s I was scared and nervous. I thought to myself am I going to get out alive? But I took that leap of faith in the great unknown. That I mean literally and it was worth it. In life, you have to be open to things that you are not familiar with and you never know, but you might like it. Same goes with people, too. Expand your horizons and get out there. Be open.
All in all, it was a great experience and the above things I learned was just the tip of the iceberg. So I highly recommend that you attend a 3R’s if you are an ocean lover. Trust me. It will be worth it. I hope to attend many more to come.
In this endeavor of learning and growing I look back and think. I was only able to really grow and learn because of the encouragement of my dive buddies. So this ‘blog’ is dedicated to my current and past dive buddies. Thank you for teaching me. I appreciate you.