I'm Penny from Ontario and I just got my Open Water certification (SSI) last week in Cuba. I did a "Discover Scuba" 2 years ago in Mexico and fell in love with diving, and finally took the plunge to get certified.
The moment I fell in love with diving was when my "Discover" instructor took me through a small arch filled with largish fish all facing the same way (don't know what they were - I have so much to learn). They calmly parted for us. I felt like I was a part of a whole different world, I almost couldn't believe it was real.
I'm mostly interested in warm, not very deep dives (although I realize that may change), to see pretty coral and fish and other marine life. I would love to dive with Whale Sharks. I would also like to eventually get into photography as that is something I love on land.
I'm hoping to join a trip next fall/winter. In the meantime I'll probably attempt some shallow wreck diving near my home (when we thaw out) - I'm fortunate to live near a premier place for wreck diving in Ontario.