One of the best things I ever did in life was to learn scuba. I have travelled all over the world with dive buddies Curt Harpold and Ray Voight, among others, over the years and eventually picked up underwater videography as a hobby.
Here are some of the best scuba experiences I have had, and I hope you enjoy them.
One of the most beautiful diving spots I've ever been to is an archipelago in Indonesia named Wakatobi. It's famous for its little critters living in a pristine marine environment and the first-class accomodations at its wonderful resort.
In 2012, I visited South Africa on a business trip. While there, I took the opportunity to dive with one of the most beautiful creatures in the ocean and take some great video as well.
Pictures from my annual trips to Cozumel, including some incredible underwater shots and a video.
We always do a really big trip every three years. In 2005, that was the beautiful Galápagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. We spent eleven days on the MV Deep Blue courtesy of tour guides Galápagos Adventures and experienced the unique land life of the southern islands as well as the big pelagic animals (that means sharks!) in the north at Wolf and Darwin Islands.
Here are some photos and a video from a hopefully not once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea off the eastern coast of Australia. Some friends and I spent two weeks Down Under in the summer of 2002.
What could divert me away from the clear saltwater diving I routinely do in the world's most beautiful tropical locations? Shark tooth fossils, of course! Take a look at what I found in the dark, murky riverbeds of South Carolina.
Our trip to Nassau, Bahamas at Stuart Cove's Dive South Ocean in August 1998, including pictures and a video of our shark feeding dives.
In September 1999 we went to one of the last great unspoiled diving paradises in the world. We headed out for ten days' diving on Mike Ball's Paradise Sport, the newest and most luxurious of the famous Mike Ball fleet.
It's amazing how much scuba you can pick up in a short amount of time if you'd just knuckle down and get fanatic about it! Here's a quick summary of milestones in my scuba experience:
|September 1995||Open Water Scuba Diver certification completed in Virginia|
|February 1997||Advanced Open Water certification completed in Cozumel, Mexico|
|February 1998||Boat Diver specialty work completed in Monterey and Cozumel|
|April 1998||Emergency First Response training completed in Virginia|
|May 1998||Dry Suit specialty completed in Monterey, California|
|May 1998||Enriched Air/Nitrox specialty completed in Virginia|
|June 1999||Rescue Diver certification completed in Virginia|
|September 1999||Underwater Photographer specialty completed in Papua New Guinea|
|September 1999||Dive number 100 enjoyed at Ral Island, Papua New Guinea|
|September 2000||Underwater Navigator specialty completed in Grand Cayman, BWI|
|September 2000||Master Scuba Diver rating achieved|
|February 2004||Dive number 250 enjoyed on the wreck of the Felipe Xicoténcatl, Cozumel, Mexico|