Past Experiences ep.01 – New Zealand

“WOW!! Why no one told me that this is so much fun!” – That was the first thing that came out of my mouth (the second thing that I said was: “I’m hungry!”).

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I was 22 years old, traveling the world by myself – looking for what to do with my life.
 
At that moment I was traveling in the South Island of New Zealand, enjoying one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
 
New Zealand for me was the land of opportunities!
 
Before traveling
I worked in two jobs only to make sure that when I was there, I could do whatever I set my mind to.
 
And sure enough, I managed to save some money, quit both of my jobs and I bought a ticket to the land of opportunities!
 
One of my goals while visiting New Zealand was to be completely free, I had so many problems back home that I couldn’t even imagine from where to start in this quest for freedom, so the first thing that I did after landing was to get my hands on a nice car.
 
“go with the flow”
No plans just whatever feel good for me. And this is how most of my days went: I would drive to someplace I saw on the map, with no “plan” or commitment, just doing whatever felt right.
 
If I would have found something that’s worth staying for, then I would, if not, then I would have just go to the next place on the map.
 
My end of the day set up was just me, my car and my tent, but to my surprise most of the time I would find myself being invited to stay with local people that I’ve met along the way.
 
These were the best experiences of my trip! This is how I found myself in the small ocean town, Kaikoura.
 
Things were about to get even better
When on one of my walks in town, I saw a sign for a scuba diving course, I have never done scuba diving until that point and it sounded fun, so I went inside the dive shop to have a look.
 
I don’t think that 10 minutes have passed and I had my credit card already at the sells man hands, it didn’t take a lot of persuasions once I saw a short clip with a diver and an Orca swimming just a few meters beside him!
 
I only had one question to my future diving instructor: “are there any Orcas in the area?”
 
When he answered (and showed me a video) that he saw one just yesterday – I was ready to pay any price to be able to see one with my own eyes!
 
On The Very Next Day
I took a swimming exam in a pool and have my very first lesson of diving basic rules and how to set up my diving equipment.
 
After getting all of the class duties done and passing all the basic diving theory exams I was ready to go inside the ocean for the very first time!
 
I cannot express with words the feeling of calmness I felt once I got under the water, at first, I wasn’t even looking at my surrounding!
 
I was so excited by the strange new feeling of being underwater for a long time, just being there and feeling the current as it flows.
 
And then it happened
I started to be aware of all the wildlife around me! Hundreds of fishes in a wild underwater forest going deeper than the eye can see! It was like nothing I had done before!
Diving in New Zealand picture
When we got out of the water the first thing that I said to my instructor was: “WOW!! Why no one told me that this is so much fun!”
 
(the second thing that I said was: “I’m hungry!” – scuba diving can get you super hungry!).
 
Warning Diving Is Addictive!
After that experience, I was looking for more! I finished my Open water course (first star) and immediately signed up the Advance course (second star).
 
In between the two courses I got to travel a bit and had the opportunity to dive some more with my instructor (which at that point we became friends – so I had some true local diving experience too).
 
I was so thrilled
When the Advanced course started as it took me to an even higher level of excitement and desire to explore the underwater world, and that is exactly what we did during the course – from underwater navigation, tracking lost equipment and even underwater photography!
 
What came after that was me diving more than 500 dives in a year and taking a job as a dive master at a local dive club near my hometown (not my dream job but it was a way to get free diving whenever I wanted, so I jumped on the opportunity).
 

To sum things up

If you find something that immediately grabs your attention – JUST GO FOR IT! I don’t know where I’d been now if I had said: “well it’s expensive… I’ll have to think about it…” just f*ing do it!
 
 
I had a lot of fun writing this as a part of a series of past experiences that made an impact on me or even changed my life!

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