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  • Writer's pictureBenjamin Hawkins

Good Day Sunshine (you know the song)

Sunrise Diving


It's a Saturday morning, and I have arrived at the dive site before pretty much every other human besides my dive buddy. What's the first thing I do? A sunrise dive!

A sunrise dive for me, is getting into the water about 30 minutes before sunrise, finding a good spot to watch the show, and then hovering there while the sun rises.

For me, it's a time of peace, and a way to relax, and acclimate to the wonderous beauty around me. It started off as an exercise in buoyancy and breathing. I wanted to spend the first 30 minutes of my day of diving, practicing those two skills, and building them up, so that I could spend the rest of my dives in good trim, and use less air.

But it quickly became more.

As I "sit" or "stand" underwater, and look up... the horizon breaks, and the orange dappled light refracts its way through the surface, into a world that is just waking up.

At first, it can be difficult to JUST sit still underwater, go no where in particular, and do nothing except LOOK at this daily magic. Right? Usually diving is about moving from here, to there, and seeing various things UNDER water, versus looking up at things you can see on the surface anyway.

In my experience, this is the best way to kick off a day of diving. Not only does it build quintessential skills, but it also builds an awareness inside me, that is unique. The world is always all around us, especially when we are inside it.

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