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Blog entry by Eric posted 06-12-2009 11:00 AM 1064 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When going through marathon training (I ran three in 2001 and hope to run another in December of this year), one thing that you should always incorporate is cross-training. Typically one day a week, do something other than running to perhaps develop supporting muscle groups, or at least to give your body a little variety.

While I’m not too sure how much it will “develop supporting muscle groups” for my woodworking, I have picked up a new hobby. Thanks to a birthday present from my parents in celebration of turning 40, I took an Open Water scuba diving course and am now a certified diver!

But while scuba diving is as much a hobby as woodworking, the two couldn’t be more different. And I don’t just mean that you can’t build furniture underwater (your coral workbench would just snap right in two). What I mean is that woodworking is a productive hobby. You can’t take up the hobby of woodworking for very long before you produce SOMETHING tangible. Of course, it may take a little longer before you produce something that will actually last, but that’s another issue. If you’re a woodworker who doesn’t have anything to show for it, then you’re really just a tool collector (another hobby).

Scuba diving is entirely unproductive. But being unproductive doesn’t mean it’s useless. It’s just that the things you get out of scuba diving are internal, entirely for you. It enriches your own personal soul, enhances your appreciation of God and his creation, and gives you some memories and perhaps stories. But other than that (unless you have an underwater camera), you have nothing really to show for it.

I think I like that this hobby is so very different from woodworking. Honestly, my time on the islands entirely wiped the Roubo from my brain. That’s good. My slate is clean, and as I start planning again, I’ll be more fresh and will be able to think more clearly.

-- Eric at

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#1 posted 06-12-2009 11:23 AM

You lucky lucky (expletive)! Not for me though, I can think of other ways to clear the head, by the way there,s whale sharks up here if your keen!
no thats not me!

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#2 posted 06-12-2009 02:55 PM

Congratulations and welcome to the underwater world.

I SCUBA dived and taught SCUBA for about 30 years. It is one of the most relaxing and soul revitalizing endeavors I have ever experienced. The beauty of the underwater world is unmatched anywhere. The colors, shapes and movements can only be fully appreciated first hand- pictures are cool but not the same as being there.

Dive Safely!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 06-13-2009 04:51 AM

Daryl: I heard that January to April is whale shark season here, so I’ll be sure to try to go when they’re in the area. I read that these plankton feeders are pretty easygoing and don’t mind being around divers. Gotta make sure I bring an underwater photographer with me as my dive buddy!

Lew: Very cool. I’m considering moving forward towards instructing at some point. But first things first – I only have 4 dives under my belt! Yes, the beauty is amazing down there. Furthermore, diving comes pretty close to matching how I fly in my flying dreams. So if God doesn’t let me fly that way in heaven, at least I’ve experienced something like it underwater!

-- Eric at

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