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Who Is Gary Ortman? By: Shelby Kassoff 2-18-2017 Mr. Gary Ortman Gary Ortman is a very remarkable man. He has done so much within his life. A few years ago, he went on a cruise, and that’s where he learned to dive for the first time. Not only was it an enjoyable experience, it was also when he decided that he wanted to get certified and scuba dive more often. After he told me this, I asked him, "What do you like most about scuba?" And his answer inspired me, he said, "If you think about it, we are not awarded very many freedoms in life, we cant always move freely and we don’t always feel like we belong, that’s where Scuba Diving helped me. When I dive, I feel like I am invincible, I can do anything, I'm not this old man, I am in fact young again, I'm free, all those pains from being old, disappear, I feel like me again". Mr. Gary said this is why he was so open to helping me, we wanted me to feel that sense of freedom. He said I was so open minded, worked hard and he knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life. He said "I could see the spark in your eyes when we talked about it, you had a passion.". We talked about the challenges we faced, and surprisingly, he said he faced none, it was like he was ready for this, he knew what it would take. There are many good and bad things about diving, but its all based on preference, Gary said his hardest part was when he first learned to breathe with his air tank, "I am usually a nose breather, but for this you can only breathe through your mouth, and it can be quite nerve racking.". I wish I could say that there are tricks, something specific that helps, but no matter what, you will have challenges. I will say that after you get your certification, it is a lot of fun and cheaper, if you want to just go to the forum to dive, it is less than half the cost and takes less time to get started, I guess that is the coolest part. After all the time you put in, I'd hope it was fun anyway. Just to learn to dive, depending on your desired level, can take up to 10 hours for multiple sessions in a giant indoor pool. After all is said and done, you actually get you dive in some pretty cool places, places like the Bahamas, Belize, and South America. “Me personally, I like diving in the Caribbean, anywhere in the Caribbean, It is always beautiful.” .