Howdie Lauren Spencer!

Lauren Spencer is a Sophomore who enjoys scuba diving on her free time!


Dr. Christie Spencer

Laying on the board is Lauren Spencer who is taking a rescue diver class.

By Eryn Rainer, Staff Writer

The Wrangler: How long have you been scuba diving?

Spencer: I have been scuba diving for 4 years.

The Wrangler: Who or what inspired you to start scuba diving and why?

Spencer: My parents have loved scuba diving since they were in college, so my brothers and I decided to get certified together.

The Wrangler: How Long does it take to become a certified Scuba Diver?

Spencer: My Open Water class (beginner level) took four days. We spent the mornings in class learning the material, and afternoons in either the pool or Lake 288.

The Wrangler: Where do you mostly dive at?

Spencer: When I am taking a new class, I usually drive with my family down to Lake Mammoth in Clute, Texas. However, my favorite place I have been diving is in Belize.

The Wrangler: What is your favorite thing about diving?

Spencer: The best part about diving is seeing the animals and coral reefs. In Belize, the sharks are trained like puppies, so we could pet them and I even got to spear a lionfish to feed them.

The Wrangler: Is there any type of ranking in scuba diving?

Spencer: Diving has an endless number of rankings whether you want to dive recreationally or become an instructor. There are classes offered all the way from scuba diving with helium, to cave diving 200 feet down.

The Wrangler: What is scuba diving sign language and how long does it take to learn?

Spencer: Scuba diving sign language is our way of communicating. The signs are very self-explanatory and don’t take long to remember.

The Wrangler: Who coaches you or trains you in scuba diving?

Spencer: There are instructors for every ranking of scuba diving.

The Wrangler: What is the hardest thing about diving?

Spencer: Diving is exhausting and drains the energy out of you. After dives, sometimes I sleep on the bow of the boat.

The Wrangler: What is your goal as a diver, why do you dive?

Spencer: Currently, I am Open Water, Advance Open Water, Rescue Diver, and Enrich Air Nitrox. My goal is to become a Divemaster and Rescue Diver Instructor before I graduate college.