I alternately wanted to title this blog post… “Daddy, are you done yet? Daddy, are you done diving yet?”
If you weren’t with us on Sunday down at Beaver Lake, I have one question for you… Why not? We had a load of fun as you might be able to tell from the alternate blog post title. I so wish this blog editor allowed for emoji’s because I want to ask this question… who wants to know what’s up the alternate title. Then I want to add the raised hand emoji. But alas, that’s not an option. Oh well.
I think you can safely say we have WAY toooooooo much fun when we’re all together. Someone may slip and fall, someone may get their camera commandeered, and better yet, someone might be yelled at by their son. You just never know what to expect around this bunch.
So alternate title story… Shawn Doty participated in the underwater pumpkin carving portion of the day. Then he and another diver were going back out to get the dive flags. His little boy kept asking, “Daddy, are you done yet?” “Daddy, are you done diving yet?” Over and over between those 2 dives. It was hilarious! See, this is why I ask why you weren’t down there with us for this fun event! Continue reading
Let me restate that… Stories Galore. Seriously! I know we’ve mentioned this before, but if you hang with us, you’ll have stories. I can’t stress this enough. This year proved to be no different. In fact, we might have had enough stories for 2 years.
If you have ever thought of going on a group trip, I highly recommend it. Say you’re sitting on the fence trying to decide, go or no. Just GO! Then you will be first hand on the stories.
Yes, Lance, we were on the money here. Quick trigger finger. See… there’s a story. Continue reading
When asked to put together a blog post this week I didn’t hesitate at all. I started diving last November. Yes, I’m crazy to start as soon as the water is getting cold. I have a pretty strong aquatics background so scuba diving was always an interest of mine. It finally took a bit of pushing from my friend Chuck and an introduction to Grady at an NCRR breakfast to get me down to the dive shop to start my journey.
Hello from the beautiful island of Cozumel. I wish that I could tell you that we had a great day of diving, but today is the day that we return home. (Always the worst part of a trip to Cozumel.) I can tell you that we had great weather and some great diving.
How was the weather in Cozumel in July, you ask?
The 2019 Safar Hunt is all over but the blog recap post and here it is.
So this year we had 31 participants in the water + Dan and Doug. Grady, Dan, and Doug hid 10 animals including the “cat” (aka white gorilla that didn’t get found) for participants to find. Once animals were hidden, participants gathered in the water. Jared read the rules and then they were off. They had 45 minutes or a tank pressure of 500 psi to find animals. One animal, the white gorilla, wasn’t found during the hunt plus we had one animal get loose on the surface. It was found and claimed on the surface. It counts. Continue reading
Hello everyone! Last weekend was Memorial Day weekend, it has several meanings for people. It is a federal holiday in the United States, observed on the last Monday in May. It commemorates the U.S. men and women who died while in military service.
For most people is it the official start of the summer season. Here at Extreme Sports SCUBA, this weekend, besides being a time to remember the people that died while in service to our country, it starts the local dive season and the start of Open Water classes open water dives at Beaver Lake. Continue reading
With Memorial Day quickly approaching, a lot of people will be diving at the Lake. Whether this is your first trip to the lake or your 100 millionth trip to the lake, let’s discuss how to pack for the lake. Obviously packing for the lake is different than packing for a foreign trip to say Cozumel, which by the way is coming up in July!!
So, how exactly do you pack for the lake?
How to Pack for SCUBA Diving at the Lake
Goin’ Fishing, since we can’t spend all of our time underwater while on vacation. We have to find other activities to fill our time when we can’t be diving. Like many other four state divers, I grew up fishing, swimming, boating, and canoeing on the lakes, rivers, and creeks in our area. As a diver, I’ve always tried to go by the take only pictures and leave only bubbles philosophy. Though I have invited about every lobster I’ve seen while diving to dinner. But alas, none have taken me up on my offer. I get a bit of fishing fever when I see the fishing boats coming and going or the sport fishing tournaments.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s a SCUBA diver riding the current. What? Think about it, in SCUBA classes you are told about being neutrally buoyant. So, you don’t weigh more or less than the water but basically the same. Think back to those open-water classes… neutrally buoyant divers only move just a couple of inches in the water with the inhale and exhale of a breath of air.
When you take your classes in the lake, you try to practice that neutral buoyancy. But in the lake, you have to keep kicking your fins to propel yourself through the water. It is different in the ocean though.
As most people know, the ocean has currents. Those currents are actually your friend when diving through the open waters of the ocean. You expend less energy propelling yourself through the waters. Instead, the fins help you navigate around walls or down behind the reef, etc. Basically, you kick less for those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to dive in ocean waters yet.
This gives you the feeling of flying. So, you might be Superman? Just a thought. Or a mermaid as a lot of people like to think! But there are some helpful tips to keep in mind. This could be considered an advanced diving practice, but keeping everything in mind, it’s a breeze. Or a current… You choose. Continue reading