This is a short story about how I ended up swimming with Whale Sharks in Thailand.
I drowned in our pool in LA when I was 2 years old. I wanted to learn how to swim so bad that I ran down when nobody was at the pool one day and jumped in the deep end. My older brother saw me floating in the water, ran down, pulled me out by my hair and resuscitated me. He saved my life that day.
The point is, I was never a great swimmer, even throughout high school and into college I was afraid to dive in head first. This was one of many changes I would make in my life about the way I think, act and feel about the world and life in general. Eventually, I forced myself to start diving and can now say I am pretty dang good at it!
This brings me to where I am now, being able to say I am a certified open water scuba diver and to top it off, I swam with 3 whale sharks! These were definitely both bucket list items for me, and I’m so happy I was able to experience them both!
I did my scuba certification course with PIDS Phangan International Dive School and my instructor was Gary Maguire, he was pretty awesome. I highly recommend anyone who visits the island to at least do a recreational dive with these guys!
After the initial day of in class and pool training, we went to the north side of the island and took a boat about an hour north to Sail Rock. This place is an incredible standalone chimney rock structure protruding out of the water with a ridiculous amount of fish and aquatic life to see!
I am taking this trip and sharing these stories to hopefully help anyone overcome problems or obstacles they may be facing in their life.