Dive Lesson: Go With the FlowDive Trip: Cozumel, Mexico
PADI Drift Diver Specialty Course, Dive Paradise, diveparadise.com
Before he took the Drift Diver course, Gerard Zingale had 20 years’ experience and 1,300 dives in Cozumel, Mexico.
“When I became a divemaster, I wanted to become proficient in all conditions and have an up-to-date skill set,” says the wholesale jeweler. From his time with PADI Five Star IDC Dive Paradise, Zingale knew that currents could rattle a diver, especially those who mostly dive lakes. “I’ve seen folks grab rocks to slow down. They’re not used to the uncontrollability. You have to learn you can’t fight; you just have to go with it.” As for his takeaways, Zingale says the course taught him to be more cognizant of his surroundings, especially the surface. “All the boats transiting the area can be very dangerous. You have to have your safety sausage ready.” He also saw that many of his diving idiosyncrasies needed tweaking. “People have a tendency to drift apart — it’s easy to become complacent,” he says. “When you have considerable experience, you don’t always think about all the details. You really need all your safety procedures in place.”