Not Quite a Ton
Not Quite a Ton

It is a distinction among tourists to be a diver of Akumal. They come to work with them as guides or watch them in action. You get your photo taken quite a lot. It is shared around the globe which always makes me surprised. I suppose it is a responsibility to represent a vacation spot, one of the most scenic in the world. As such I can spread the word while I enjoy my favorite avocation under the crystal waters of the sea. I would never change locations or mode of employment. Diving can be lucrative if you know how to parlay it into a business.

Once I decided to treat what I do, and love, as a business and source of income, I started to keep a kind of inventory of my equipment including its age, specifications, and how much each item weights. It is easy to use the bathroom scale to do the weighing part. You can weigh the gear alone, or you can weigh yourself with and without the gear and deduct the difference to verify if you are in doubt. I personally was surprised how light everything is—nowhere near a ton! You want to have an accurate scale so if it requires a new one, then so be it. You will have it for a long life so it is a one-time expense. Get a state-of-the-art digital scale that interfaces with other devices.

As a diver and an athlete, honed by swimming in the glorious waters of Mexico, I am not worried about body fat although most scales include that function along with your current weight in kilos or pounds. If you want to measure your progress if on a diet, it is easy to do so with the modern scales that report the results to your computer or smart phone. I think I will monitor body fat just because the scale can do it. After all, I don’t have to weight my gear that often unless I get a new part. Tanks, of course are another matter but I am more concerned about their capacity and reliability than actual weight. Weight is a concern if you are small and on the weaker side. You want to know when buying one that you can carry it with ease.

Some divers on the portly side use their scales regularly to help them stay on a diet. We do get a lot of exercise, so your only recourse to dropping pounds is to increase time in the water, work out in the gym or job along the shore, or to eat less and drink no beer (one of the great culprits of all time for belly fat). So, if you have need for a scale for any reason at all, by all means buy, beg, borrow, or steal one as soon as possible and begin your designated program. Like me, you may want to treat diving as a business if not a full-time pastime.