Turtle Envy

How facing the fear of diving added new adventures in life and new depths in love

Learn to scuba alongside Alycea, a claustrophobic bubble watcher determined to overcome her anxiety and explore the reefs.

A. K. Snyder’s Turtle Envy is the best armchair undersea journey since Jacques Cousteau. Even if you hate getting your hair wet you will love this book!


After a failed scuba class triggered her panic, Alycea swore never to try diving again. But when her husband fell in love with the sport, she faced a decision: overcome the fear or accept her fate as a bubble watcher.

Alycea clung to her identity as a free-spirited explorer as she struggled to master the mechanics of diving. Her focus on self-reliance blocked her from trusting her dive buddy and this conflict extended beyond diving. Was she harming her marriage with her inability to rely on others?

In lyrical prose, this journey is fraught with panic, humor, and dogged determination. From the coral reefs of Florida to the muck sites of Indonesia, you’ll revel in the beautiful scenery and triumph in overcoming fear so you can live the life you choose.

Scuba. Anxiety. Marriage. Trust.

This memoir will have you cheering for small successes and reflecting on what it means to trust your partner.

“Loved Turtle Envy. Having been a dive instructor in the Florida Keys, I saw too many women sitting on the dock. This book will give you the courage to get out there and try it for yourself!”


Turtle Envy, what a wonderful trip into the underwater world I wanted so much to see! I know I can’t physically get there but because of this book I feel I have been there. Loved it!”

Amarilys G. Rassler

In Turtle Envy, a few words are often worth a thousand pictures, because those words convey not only gorgeous mental images of wildly varied reef scenery and wildlife, but the observer’s emotions.  

Turtle Envy is a compelling rollercoaster of painful setbacks, terrifying moments of danger, and, finally, enough hard-won successes – plus beautiful reef and island descriptions! plus humor! – to keep me smiling almost nonstop through many of the final chapters. 

If I ever start diving, I’m going to refer to this book repeatedly; and if I never dive, I’ll really appreciate the shared glimpses of so many reefs’ otherwise-out-of-sight denizens.


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