Joanne Watson

When, where, how did you learn to dive?

I did my first lot of training aged 19 in Labrador, northern Canada. Back then there was no such thing as a BCD so the tank just hung in a harness on my back. I lived in a small very isolated iron ore mining town which was snowed in for 7 months of the year so my background training took place in a very large heated indoor swimming pool. The open water dive was done off the back of a small boat on one of the regions many fresh water lakes. My first boat dive was characterised by extremely cold water ( just after the thaw), huge chunks of ice floating everywhere and the 1 m visibility ( in a good moment).