When Margaret McKenney, an Oregon-based scuba instructor, asked if I wanted to help out with a scuba diving party, I have to admit I was perplexed. Margaret is a force of nature and a well-known and well-liked member of our somewhat obsessed scuba community. Surely she didn’t need my help?
“You mean help you organize a party for scuba divers?” I said.
“No, a Discover Scuba Diving party, at the swimming pool where I work.”
My lengthy silence was obviously enough to signify I needed an explanation. In an excited rush she told me that seven girls would be showing up at the swimming pool on Saturday to take part in a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience. Only this experience would also be a birthday celebration for one of the girls and her six friends. The birthday girl, Kenzie, had tried scuba diving once before and had loved it. So, when her mother threw out the idea, she had jumped on it.