In the 12 plus years I have been an open water Scuba Instructor, I have met hundreds if not thousands of people from all over the world. It has always been one of my favorite aspects of teaching. To me there is only one thing more interesting than meeting new people from new places and learning about their cultures. That one thing is introducing those same people to the underwater world.
It has always been amazing to me that throughout my years of teaching; no matter what language we speak, or what differences we may have, once people are under water they all seem to change. We get along better and we communicate better; perhaps we were meant to be there in the first place. What I do know is I was meant to be there!
From time to time you meet individuals that stand out in your mind. Just a few years ago I had the pleasure of introducing a lady to the underwater world; since then she has blossomed into one of the best Dive Masters I have ever worked with. I am proud to call her a friend and more importantly my soul mate. International Training has played such a big part in our lives that I could not think of a better way to propose!
Stephanie Ryals would you do me the honor of following these bubbles with me for the rest of our lives? Will you accept this tattoo of an anchor and the coordinates of where we met as a symbol of our love?