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No more diving

I’ve practised diving now for a total of roughly two years, which means that I started four years ago, considering that I had a two-year break when I lived in Taiwan. I’ve always liked diving a lot, so I’m a bit sad to say that I probably won’t practise much diving the coming semester, perhaps not after that either.

The reason is a collision in priorities: I want to practise a certain minimum amount of time to make it feel worthwhile, but the diving club wants to focus on younger talents. Since the have a very limited time at their disposal, these two can, apparently, not be combined, which means that I can no longer practise the way I feel I need to in order to advance.

In practical terms, what happened was that, without any warning, our practice time was cut in half (from four hours to only two). Before this, we have been able to total quite a nice number of hours a week, considering that we went diving on our own. With only two ours of diving with a coach, I would have to add a lot of extra time to keep up, which would cost about twice as much money and generally be a lot more inconvenient (it’s difficult to find time when the diving pool is free).

I don’t want to practise something I can’t focus on properly because of restrictions like these. In addition, following the reasoning leading to the decrease in practice time for us grown ups this time, there is no reason to believe that it couldn’t be reduced further in the future. I definitely do not want to spend lots of time on something that might go away entirely without my being able to influence the outcome. Then I’d much rather quit now and do something else.

So, what am I going to do, then? Gymnastics and related strength training, mostly, i.e. the same things I’ve been doing all along, minus diving. I will probably still go diving occasionally, but not as often as before and not as my main physical activity. It feels quite bad that it ends this way, but I really see no other option.

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