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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:15AM

It’s a whole new world

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Scuba diving is an exciting activity that enables people to get a good look at Southwest Florida's underwater wonders.

By Walter Wilt

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Since I’m a new contributor to WaterLine, I’ve been asked to introduce myself to the readers. From the age of 3 or 4, I wanted to be a diver. I loved watching the old TV show “Sea Hunt.” My brother and I used to pretend we were Mike Nelson and “dived” all over the house. Our mother made SCUBA tanks for us from empty oat meal boxes. That dream finally came true for me in 1983 when I took a class and learned the skills I would need to follow where Mike had gone all those years before.

I began sharing my love of diving by teaching it to others in 1986, and within five years, I was teaching at the instructor level. I’ve been an instructor and instructor-trainer for both the YMCA SCUBA Program and for Scuba Educators International (SEI).

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