Jean belongs to: The Diving Centre Ltd
Jean Dougal began diving at the age of 68. She regularly attends pool sessions and dives off the North East Coast during the summer months.
Jean was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 6 March 2005. The interview took place at Fenham swimming baths and lasted 10 minutes and 15 seconds.
Starting to dive
"I wanted to go down and see the fishes on the Barrier Reef"
I wanted to go down and see the fishes on the Barrier Reef, because I had been snorkeling and I just wanted to go down among them. And so my kids bought me the course for Christmas and I took, because what happened was I said to my husband I wanted to dive, and I said, ďdonít tell anybody,Ē because I didnít know if I could make it, you know. And he told them and of course at Christmas I got [interrupted] I got this course, you see.
And then, like I say, went to the shop and Karl, I mean he admitted, after I had done it, that he didnít think I would be able to do it, because itís not dead easy and so, anyhow, I went and I started the course and then went up to Beadnell and went in the water But never mind, I got my ticket and, and my younger son was so proud of me he bought all my gear for me, so I was able to continue.
And then, then I went on the Barrier Reef, and magic. We, I saw ten foot manta rays and sharks and all the little fish, you know. You couldnít imagine- the biggest aquarium in the world, you couldnít imagine. It was absolutely fantastic. And, and then I came back and last year it was back to Beadnell. But itís, we go up on a Sunday morning and itís, itís really nice, you know.
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