#Scuba diving is a blood sport

Banging my leg on the side of the stairs really hurt.

Banging my leg on the side of the stairs really hurt. (No Photoshopping of photos)

I knew it was going to ‘leave a mark’ when I bashed the side of my knee on the metal stairs leading back onto the dive boat.

OUCH (+ f-word) that hurt a lot. The kind of bump that hurts so much you want to cry, except you don’t want to cry on a dive boat where a bunch of middle aged men are standing around.

I’ll ask a stranger (man) on a dive boat to braid my long hair, but no one sees Tank cry.

As if one week of bruised limbs wasn’t enough, I decided to sign up for another boat dive the next week. The result – more bruises. These ones on the ankle.

Week two bruise. This is before it got really colourful and ugly.

Week two bruise. This is before it got really colourful and ugly.

Scuba diving is a blood sport.

I’ve cut my hand on coral, so bad that it bled. I’ve ripped my cuticles to bits pulling on a thick wetsuit day after day. I’ve dropped a two pound weight on my foot. I’ve fallen on slippery rocks in a drysuit – weighted down by about 64 pounds. But, nothing hurts as much as these deep bruises.

My record for leg bruises is seven at one time. Given my natural clumsiness, it’s a record I except to exceed.

World's ugliest leg.

World’s ugliest leg.

 

3 thoughts on “#Scuba diving is a blood sport

  1. Tank, there are always at least a couple of bruises on me at all times. Right now there is a good size one on my upper left leg……which is why my dive colour scheme is blue and yellow – must be colour coordinated…..

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