My first job at South Africa’s oldest travel magazine, Getaway, was as the Gear Editor. I learnt loads about tech and admired the specs of all travel kit while compiling features on everything from hiking boots to solar panels, tents to blow-up mattresses, cameras to paper maps and more.
That's why the lovely folks at Hi-Tec asked me to check out the new Lady Lizzy 3-in-1 jacket. I took it for a spin in the wintry Drakensberg Mountains.
I was nervous as hell and as excited as a baby baboon on my first dive. A lot can go wrong under water and it took a while to master the art of mask-clearing in the practice pool sessions. There was some apprehension about our venture into the deep blue.
We piled into the boat and sped off to two mile reef. My stomach lurched a little but it wasn’t long before we put palms over our masks, dipped backwards and plunged into the sea. Here's why I'm going back for more.