Sometimes a story in Seagate World is presented because it is inspirational. John P. in the photo above, who is preparing for a dive is 83 years old, and has had polio since the age of 17. I had the pleasure to meet “JP” when diving off of the Sinai, Egypt around Christmas in 2013. Also in the picture is his private guide, Amy. At the time of this photo, he was approaching his 100th dive.
We were both on the almost-empty dive boat from the Oonas Dive Club. If you are a certified diver and are in this part of the world, Oonas is highly recommended for their well-maintained boat and equipment, and friendly professional staff. I chose this time period to visit one of my dive bucket-list places because Egypt was in a temporary a lull in their fighting. The Muslim Brotherhood had lost power. Cairo was relatively calm with no rioting in the streets that month, and it had been 3 years since any bombs had exploded in Shark El-Sheikh by Al Qaeda. The moment was perfect — hardly any other divers.
Once you are over 50 or 60, there are always going to be some aches and pains in your life. If you allow them to control you, they can be convenient excuses for sitting at home and watching t.v. However, after watching JP struggle a bit and succeed in extending his diving career well into his 80’s, I will never again complain about a little pain. I am also now expecting to have 20 more years of diving and taking pictures.