The Land, Sky, & Ocean

Today was an interesting day. I experienced the sky, during my flight from Florida to Baja California. Land when I was walking around, duh. And the sea when I finished the day with a scuba dive for some fresh lobster. We went night scuba diving for lobster. This way my first time lobster diving. As an experienced scuba diver I thought this would be easy. Well let me tell you this was not easy. It was incredibly difficult.

It all starts with positioning. If you want to be able to catch the lobster you have to make sure they don’t have an easily available escape route. If they do, they are much quicker than you anticipate. But if you can cut off that exit route then you stand a chance to make a great catch. You are better off setting your trap up and allowing the lobster to walk right into your trap. This makes your job easier and it also simplifies the amount of energy you expend on a per lobster basis.

Something else to keep in mind is the habitat where you are hunting. While catching a lobster is an awesome experience you shouldn’t destroy and entire reef or coral bed just so you can have a great dinner. These habitats can be fragile and are vulnerable to your weight if you are not careful. These habitats also support numerous sea life, that which you see and that which you don’t see, so please be aware and be careful when hunting lobster.

When I went lobster hunting the first time it was already late at night. Lobsters are more active at night so we were diving with lights. Diving at night is an entirely different experience. It is almost eery but it an exciting way. The lobsters tend to hide in cracks and would scurry around when the light would expose their position. We caught a handful of lobster and needless to say we enjoyed a great fresh dinner that next night.

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Sea Turtles

One of the deep sea’s longest inhabitants. Some experts believe that sea turtles have been roaming the vast warm oceans for millions of years. While I have only been on this great world for 4 decades, I love swimming with sea turtles. As I take people on scuba diving expeditions, a sea turtle is a great place to start. The first time people go scuba diving they are incredibly scared on the vast ocean. Most people have done basic reef snorkling, or simple swimming in the waves of the beach, so the first time the jump off a boat into the deep sea it takes their breathe away and can really be an incredibly intimidating experiences.

When you are 60 miles off the coast, no land in sight it is easy to suddenly feel incredibly vulnerable. Deep sea turtles although incredibly big are a friendly animal out in the deep sea. I have found they can be the perfect transition for first time divers to be in the water with something they feel is safe.

Sea turtles can migrate as far as 1,400 miles to cove the distance between where they breed and where they feast. Many one of the reasons I enjoy sea turtles so much is that we seem to enjoy the same food “shrimp”. What many people do not realize is that sea turtles are in danger for multiple reasons, oil in the water, and the massive amounts of trash that is finding its way into our vast and beautiful oceans. I recently took a family on a deep sea diving trip and i tried to recruit them to help clean the ocean. The funny thing is the dad owns a house cleaning services company. We laughed about it, but the truth is we all need to start doing our own part to help keep our oceans clean.

It actually turned into a great moment with his kids where we . were able to talk about some of the most commons trash pieces that make their way into the ocean. We talked about the damage of plastic and the importance of reducing how much plastic we use. What I loved about this family, is after their trip when they got home, there mom sent me a picture of tubber ware that they began to use so they could eliminate the plastic bags they had been using for their lunch. What i really loved is it was the kids idea. They were the ones that remembered the conversation we had out on that boat miles off the coast of Florida.

What I wish people fully understood is the trash they throw out has a chance to make its way into the ocean and onto our great beaches. Look at the picture above. That is not what any of us want to see when we take our annual vacation to a beautiful beach. I promise you that isn’t a part of the dream vacation. But if we each do our part the difference that we can make is a huge difference.

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Swimming with Sharks

I have gone deep sea diving all over the world. But one of my top experiences is anytime I get to swim with sharks. It doesn’t matter how many times I have done it before it always terrifies me. The simple thought that if the shark chose to eat me alive and shred me to pieces, there would be almost nothing I could do about it.

Not all sharks all equal…some scare the shit out of you….unfortunately I know 🙁

What surprised me the most about sharks wasn’t just the power they exhibit, but the grace. They effortlessly move about in the water. When you think about the fact that some sharks will traverse across an entire ocean to return to breeding ground is insane. The miles they cover, sometimes with very little food is inspiring. In this video, you see the sheer size of the shark next to an adult.

What I love about this video that ABC covered was the sheer size of the shark, but its grace and how sharks aren’t constantly attacking and eating everything in there path. I would have loved to have been in the water with these other divers on this extraordinary day. This was a once in a lifetime experience for these divers. This shark had not even been scene in over five years and who knows when we will see the shark again.

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What is Deep Sea Diving?

Deep sea diving can be at various depths but traditionally it is when you scuba dive at a depth below 40 meters or in the USA better known as 130 Ft. Think of that as a 13 story building except you are under water. the water gets colder, darker, and the truly crazy things starts to appear. Check out this video that details how deep the ocean can be.

I love this video because it shows the depth of the ocean. Without visual support it is so hard to truly communicate how big the ocean really is. What I love about scuba diving is that I will experience something new every time that I dive. This experience is multiplied when I lead diving sessions with other people. Even if i have been to a particular diving spot before it is always a new experience because of the new group of people. The questions they ask are unique and trigger new fresh conversations.

What I love about being a deep sea diving guide and sharing my passion for scuba diving with other people is that they make each experience fresh and knew. Scuba diving takes courage, an adventurous spirit, and the ability to overcome your fears. But, it is so worth it. I have a friend who is a sky diving guide, and he says it sounds like it is similar. In todays culture we stay inside our comfort zone, and what sky diving and scuba diving both provide is the opportunity to go way beyond your own natural comfort zone and experience something so rare and knew that it will stick with you for the rest of your life.

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