After many false starts, we finally finished open water certification! We have tried for the last few years to take classes, but Dustin's deployments and training have always made it very difficult. After a few weeks of classroom work and pool dives we completed our first four open water dives in a couple areas south of Iwakuni.
Breathing underwater is one of the most amazing experiences. And this is coming from a self-identified aquaphobic.
I've viewed hundreds of sea-life documentaries, eaten pounds of seafood, visited numerous aquariums, and watched Finding Nemo more times than my fingers and toes, but nothing compares to being in their world with only the sound of my breathing (and occasionally an internal "dun nun" for Steven Spielberg).
We are looking forward to many underwater adventures!