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August 122017

First day, First Dive – it’s going to be a good trip!

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Blue Heron Bridge
January 192017

Solo diving, no current, usually good vis during the week when there are no students in the water.  All in all a good day and… there is a dive shop right at the bridge.  Blue Heron Bridge Scuba

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S.O.L.O. at DEMA
November 162016

So gald to see my dive buddies and supporters of S.O.L.O. (Save Our Leatherbacks Operation) a great cause.  They also launched 11th Hour Heroes at this show.  Check them our on Facebook to support the cleanup of the oceans!

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It’s a shame the Rapa Nui barge flipped over when they were trying to sink the new reef.  Pretty much everything was broken.  This is the first chance I’ve had to dive it.  The gang from Dixie Divers were doing a couple of dives to sink posts and provide a line leading from the Rapa Nui over to the rocks forming Deerfield Mountain Reef and I went along to photograph the event.  I’m hopeful they will make new statues to sink soon.

The Rapa Nui Reef Project started as an idea to create a man-made that would be a one-of-a-kind public art spectacle. Benefactor Margaret Blume wanted to put large internationally recognizable objects off the coast of Deerfield Beach.

Her son, a diver who had known of the sinking of the Miracle of Life, pointed her in the direction of Pavan. They got a team together that included Jim “Chiefy Mathie, the Deerfield Beach Womans Club, and Dennis MacDonald the artist commissioned to bring the reef to life. A model was created with the Rapa Nui (Polynesian term for Easter Island) theme. A 150 long and 45 wide by 9 high barge was to be used as a vessel to hold the sculptures. With the barge as a stage, 15 concrete Moai statues were built alongside piles of rubble and one “ceremonial platform with 3 statues sitting on top. The largest Moai reached an impressive 22 feet tall. With approval from the City of Deerfield Beach, the barge was scheduled to be scuttled on June 7th, 2015. It was towed from Stuart down to 2 Georges at the Cove Restaurant where it served as a backdrop for benefits for the Public Art initiative.

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Last Day – Contest over

Last Day – Contest over

Wreck of the Atlas

May 312015

Last Day – Contest over

A free day of diving so we spent it on the Atlas. Switched back to my SeaLife DC 1400 with double strobes and a single video light. Many thanks to Andre Laduba for these shots – and no, they aren’t photoshopped. We actually get this close to the sharks.

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The best part was this little guy – on the last day Mike Gerken was finally able to get close enough to grab hold of him and that that hook and weight out of his mouth!

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Shark Shootout – Day 3
May 302015

yeah I skipped writing yesterday – just too tired. Had a briefing and working on sorting through pics and videos for the contest. Awards tonight. Hoping to do well for SeaLife. I’ve done all three days with the new Micro camera and 2500 Lumen video lights.

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2015 Shark Shootout

2015 Shark Shootout

Olympus Dive Center

May 282015

First Day of the 2nd Annual Shark Shootout. It was another another long day but can’t complain when diving the wreck of the Spar with great visibility and lots of sharks.

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See the pics from this year – and last – here

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2015 Shark Shootout

2015 Shark Shootout

Olympus Dive Center

May 242015

First Day of the 2nd Annual Shark Shootout.  It was another another long day but can’t complain when diving the wreck of the Spar with great visibility and lots of sharks.

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Diving, and Driving in Placencia-with NO gas
March 72003

Morning came, the weather was good, and I was ready to dive. I walked down because I had already dropped my gear the day before. Got checked in, got on the boat……and waited. Sometime after 9am, AFTER all the other boats had left for the day we were told that there was no gas! They had enough to do an inshore dive, but not enough to get to the Barrier Reef and back. I was livid. They were not very apologetic, making excuses about how they thought the gas station was going to get a delivery and they could gas up in the morning. Then, after all the pre-arrangements I worked for, they told me they could take me TOMORROW. Duh, what part of “only in town ONE day” did they not get? Knowing they were short on gas is something that should have been disclosed early. IF not the night before when I checked in, at least that morning BEFORE all the other shops left so I could have gotten on one of those boats! Because we couldn’t go offshore, we dove the “Laughing Bird Caye” – twice. With no real ocean movement between the Caye and land, everything underwater was covered with gray silt. Not very picturesque or colorful. A big disappointment.

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What a ride back. We knew we would e driving after dark, and after the trip down we also knew we weren’t going to make it in 3 hours. Top it of, there was still no gas. So off we went and NONE of the small gas stations we had seen were open – or if they were they did not have gas. We were running out so stopped at a small “restaurant” (really more of a pole barn where people were eating) – asking about gas. Yep, we could get a couple gallons from them … but had to use a hose and funnel to get it into the truck. What an experience.

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