Taking  a seven day  scuba  diving course in the  Red sea was enough  for Ms. Ankita Konwar  to overcome her fear of open water. In a  conversation with Indian  the 30 year-old- fitness enthuisiast said  “I did my pool training in Mumbai, and after my first four open water dives of the safari, I completed my certification .”  The  reason she said for choosing Scuba  was   “Scuba is the best way to discover the underwater world and learn about co-existence. There’s a whole different world underwater that we know so little of. Such majestic creatures evolved in such fascinating ways! And the coral gardens of the Red Sea are just undefinably beautiful.”   Ankita is the wife of actor and fitness aficionado Milind Soman.  She added   “It was a fantastic experience, I overcame my fear of open water.” “Learning to dive to has made me calmer.”  She said the whole experience was like a meditative one.  “To be under water is like going into a deep meditation; your focus has to be on your breathing. Once you learn how to let go and relax yourself, you enjoy it so very much. My instructor Anees Adenwala, from Orca Dive Club, was very patient with me. He would first allow me to be comfortable underwater before we would start any skill practice.” Ankita  has got a certificate from  PADI open water diving. She is now enthusiastic to dive in several water bodies across the world. “There’s so much to learn, how can I not?” she expressed.  For the purpose of  marine life attention ,reporters asked her whether she would use her celebrity status.  “Of course! Like I always say, sustainability is the only way forward. Be it food, fashion or any other lifestyle choice. We must learn how to care about every species co-existing with us,” she added.


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