Roberta has embarked upon a long journey in her diving certifications. Her story is very inspirational for those who feel like giving up. She had attended Case Western Reserve University as a young adult and was re-certified from age 18 with SCUBA with her college roommate, but she lost her certification card when her purse was stolen, so she had to earn an additional certification. Her first open-diving experience finally happened on February 2003. In 2005, she retired and received a knee replacement, so she could not participate in water activities or exercises for three months.
Roberta had won a Chinese raffle for five adult swim lessons in 2006, after her knee replacement, which jumpstarted her efforts in diving again. Her swim instructor was very patient with her, especially because she does not like water to get in her eyes. She uses a prescription swimming mask so that she can open her eyes while swimming under water. Since the completion of her lessons, she has traveled to the Bahamas, Belize, Florida, and Malaysia. She was about to travel to Cozumel, but two weeks before the trip her husband had a traumatic brain injury from a fall. Her husband’s condition has not prevented Roberta from diving. She has found a way to have assisted living care for him while taking advantage of her diving skills.
She has been on nearly 50 dives, and she has seen and petted sharks. She loves exploring the wildlife and beautiful formations of the coral reefs. Her deepest dive so far has been 115 feet, and she can stay under water for one hour.