WHO ARE AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am Douglas Seifert and I am a professional scuba diver. Although I was once a roguish scuba instructor, I eventually gave it up to learn underwater photography. Over time, my skills improved and magazines started buying my images and asking me to write the stories to accompany them, so for the past 20 years I have been on the staff of DIVE Magazine in the UK. I hold the masthead position of world editor and write and photograph a regular lavish feature called “Water Column”, over 50 of which have been published in the past seven years.
HOW DO YOU JUMPSTART YOUR DAY?
I don’t do anything unless I have had my café Americano, black, two or more mugs of it. Then I either write, if I am in my office, or dive into the sea, if I am at my other office.
WHAT PUTS A SPRING IN YOUR STEP?
My wife Emily keeps me lively. She is younger than me but she has to work hard to keep up with my level of energy and enthusiasm for everything – the ocean, cookery, wines, literature, art, cinema, 80s music, classical music, and great times with fun and interesting people.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST LEAP OF FAITH?
Sometimes when jumping into the sea to confront a rarely-encountered large sea creature there is that nagging feeling of “what am I thinking?” What comes to mind is the first time I wore a chainmail dive suit and had sharks biting me to give me the sensation of what it’s like to get bitten (without drawing blood).
WHAT UNDERWATER EXPERIENCE HAS GOT YOU JUMPING OUT OF YOUR SKIN?
Low visibility dives where the water is green and you can’t see more than three metres creep me right out, but sometimes I have to do them so I just try not to think about it.
WHAT GROUNDS YOU?
My sense of mortality which translates into “if not now, then when?”
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