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FOR THE

Love of Diving

AN INTERVIEW WITH TESS HEDDERICH by Iveta Lekesova

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE OCEAN YOU LOVE?

The ocean is my hideout from the world—suddenly you are emerging into a whole different world where you are only a visitor and always will be. The silence down there is most enjoyable; the sound of your bubbles making their way up to the surface is calming on a whole different level. Ocean time is the only time where I am fully able to live in the moment and have my awareness be 100 percent in the NOW.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO DIVING? Most people think about the ocean their whole life. They grew up watching Jacques Cousteau on television and dreaming about becoming an underwater adventurer. For me, I grew up in Germany’s countryside riding horses from very little on. When I turned 20, I wanted to travel and see the world and left for Australia—they offered scuba diving and sky diving. I signed up for both back to back without being aware that you have to have some time between flying and diving. That is how it all started; that’s when I fell madly in love!

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DIVING LOCATIONS? Most people think I am crazy when they hear my answer to this one. Vancouver Island and Northern British Columbia are my favorite places to dive. I have spent lots of time in the tropics and had some amazing experiences, but nothing quite excites me for an ongoing period of time as much as the Pacific Northwest.

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