I spent the last three days working at Bobby Boyle’s dive shop, Undersea Divers, in Beverly, MA. Bobby is the person that donated all of my Aqualung gear, so I was really happy that I would be able to help-out at the shop. I did a bunch of different jobs, including inventory, folding t-shirts, washing rental gear..getting wet, and having a lot of fun. I also got to watch and learn how to overhaul a regulator from Shawn, the master diver at the shop, and Whitney, Bobby’s daughter, showed me how to fill tanks. While I was there we actually had one of the tanks blow its safety valve. I think everyone jumped about five feet when it happened. It was LOUD.
The biggest thing I helped with was organizing rental gear for a troop of boy scouts that Shawn was taking out. I made sure that we had all the proper sizes in BCs and wetsuits, and I set-up their weight belts. I’ve decided that setting up weight belts is not the funnest job in the world. Other than that I got to meet more divers as they came in for whatever they needed, and I got to hear a lot of stories. It was a lot of fun, and I’m sure I will be going back in the future!