What do you call someone who will only go on diving trips? Crazy! Obsessed! May be so, but that’s how I managed to get a free diving mask from one of the most renowned diving gear manufacturers. Let me elaborate.
I wasn’t always like this. I loved those weekend hiking trips, I used to even go on fishing trips with my buddies, and during the evenings, I would go visit that pub regularly. But things are different now. A few years back, I went with my friend to Hawaii and he insisted that I dive with him. So I did a PADI course for beginners, followed by my first dive. I absolutely adored it. Diving soon became not just a passion, but an addiction.
And why not! Each dive was different. Each site was different. Day diving, night diving, warm water diving, cold water diving, and even snorkeling… I loved everything. Below the water was a different world I had never seen before, and it amazed me. There are so many species of corals and marine life that I have lost count. I tried to make a list of everything I saw at first, but failed miserably after a few dives.
I stopped going on any other vacation because I wanted to save money for my next dive. I even stopped visiting that pub – maybe once or twice a month max.
Sharing My Experiences
In time, I started to have a wealth of travel stories… stories of dive instructors, beach resorts, restaurants, destination night-life, all those tales of people I met traveling and missed flights, lost baggage, and of course, there were plenty of diving experiences I could narrate to anyone who has the patience and interest.
After doing hundreds of dives in Hawaii, Australia, Thailand, Florida, and Mexico, I can say that I gathered decent experience and knowledge of diving, equipment, safety precautions and so much more. So I decided to share everything I know with the world, and started a blog. I wrote an exclusive list of the best scuba masks that can be found here
It was just for me at the beginning, because I wanted my knowledge and experiences to be properly documented somewhere. I wanted an online place of my own where I could publish my pictures and videos.
Traffic and readership were the last things in my mind really. But traffic did come. First it was a trickle, but it soon grew. On good days, I would receive more than 100 unique visitors. It kept growing. Now, my blog receives 300 visitors every day on average.
Soon I began to receive invitations to write on other blogs, and some of them even wanted to post on my online space. It was satisfying. They seemed to value my knowledge, reviews, comments, and recommendations. My videos and pictures were being shared in hundreds.
One morning I suddenly received an email. The subject line was intriguing – “Invitation to try our brand new diving mask”. I still remember the day – it was a Wednesday.
I opened the mail, and there it was – an invite to try their new diving mask for free. And it was from a leading manufacturer too. I replied, and after a few emails it was all set up. I was to try their gear at Belize, the Great Blue Hole, which I have never dived before.
In return, the diving mask manufacturer wanted me to give them an honest review of their new product. That was OK for me. I can dive. I can write. And I want to help other divers pick the right gear.
So wish me good luck. I am soon diving at the Great Blue Hole with this new mask.