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My new car guys are interested in learning to SCUBA Dive, and asked me 'n Judi about the sport. We've piqued their interest in what one can view under the surface, and started sending them pictures we've taken with our under-water cameras. I thought one or two would do the trick, but they keep asking for more and more. So, in going through my archives for past dives, I found a few I'll send over to them. I also include them here for Laura - and anyone else who either dives or is interested in learning to do so. I would appreciate any feedback or messages from anyone who is a diver or is contemplating participating in this wonderful pursuit.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Nashnole 13 months ago
Just watched Open Water for the first time last night and it scared me enough to say I will probably never go scuba diving. Especially in a foreign country that uses a notepad and a check mark to figure out if you are on the boat or not before they head back in to shore.
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That's a story, glorified for the purposes of selling tickets to a movie. It happens so rarely it's infinitesimal in scope. In the real world it does not happen that way more than once or twice in a season - out of the hundreds of thousands of dive excursions undertaken. Dive Operations are severely scrutinized before they are allowed to go into business. All one has to do is look for the PADI or NAUI certification next to their company name, and be assured they are legit.
Uncle Nash has been Diving well over 300 times all over the world with the exception of the Pac-Rim, and has NEVER encountered anything remotely like that movie. I don't know you, but what I surmise, is you are not the kind of individual who would allow themselves to be dissuaded from any activity, by a mere story - albeit based upon a real situation. Again. This happens so rarely, as to be insignificant.
Should that and Jaws, be the definitive fulcrum for decision criteria regarding this opportunity to explore some of the 77% of our planet that is covered with salt water, then you may be right, and the sport is perhaps not for you.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of us will continue to welcome new divers into the fraternity of those that find this endeavor fascinating and instructive.
SCUBA Diving is done always with a buddy, and boat dives are always done with at least one Dive Master, who guides and takes care of making sure - along with the captain of the boat, that all souls make it back on board. When a team goes off on their own, is when the opportunity for getting in trouble increases. Stay with the group. Safety first.
Yea ill stay on dry land. Nice pics !
Love sea turtles.
1. A peacock flounder and Yellowtail Snapper (Yum).
2. A beautiful and busy coral head in about 45' of depth just off our condo.
3. Purple Tube sponge grouping. Tiny, black brittle starfish, little translucent clearer gobies, and banded coral shrimps live inside.
1. The love of my life, and her dive site marker. I named the reef section off our condo Judi's Dream, in honor of her supreme confidence, diligence and effort to help make this place a reality for us and our family.
2. A rubber encased, ugly, bubble-breathing sea monster.
3. My 12 year old Grandson, Wife in the background and Dive Instructor.
1. 10 Year old Claire, my Grand Daughter, "Bubble Maker" level.
2. Claire - diving with her Instructor. Lady said she was "Born to Dive."
3. Claire and my son-in-law. Most of our family, young and old do this.
This post was edited by Nashnole 13 months ago
1. Nassau Grouper. Yum! Too bad the entire island is a marine park, otherwise - WE EAT!
2. A beautiful Gold-Spotted Moray Eel.
3. A Filefish who followed us around for a while, hoping for a snack from the sand our Fin-wash kicked up in the sand.
1. A spotted Trunk Fish, they swim like a helicopter flies.
2. Their tiny, translucent fins kind of rotate to propel them and keep them in place.
3. A banded Butterfly Fish. There are many versions of this species, and they are almost always are found in pairs.
1. A rare (for Southern Caribbean) Sand Dollar. Lots in the Gulf shoreline ecosystem.
2. A Coral Head with lots of baby small fry making their living and avoiding danger.
3. Aedan and I off to hunt for a Hawksbill Turtle or Eagle Ray.
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