Somedays it is fun to play with the titles, today was one of those days. Why on earth would I entitle it Extremely Famous (or Extreme-ly)? Well Extreme Sports Scuba has been represented multiple times through Dive Training Magazine. Our dive shop, here in the middle of the US has been representing the Dive Experience which is GREAT!
First of all we had an uninvited guest on our trip… Hurricane Joaquin which delayed us for 2 days at the Miami Airport. This also messed up the visibility in Turks & Caicos. Normally they have 100+ foot vis up to 150 foot and we were at 60-80 foot vis. One of the instructors and dive masters also got caught up at the Miami Airport so we spent a day and a half with her at the airport. She and her sister both work for Explore Ventures (they are British).
We stayed on a live aboard trip once we arrived in Turks and Caicos. Captain Bob was very good sea captain. He was also on some of the Deadliest Catch shows. One dive area we moved to they were looking for buoys. He said he can find buoys in 40-foot seas but the hurricane messed up 2 of the buoys. Continue reading
The high on January 1st in Garfield, Arkansas was 41˚F. Garfield is just about 5 miles down the road from where we dive at Indian Creek campsite, so why on earth would someone want to dive on New Years Day? Because you can! Because you want to start the New Year out right. Because you’re like Dan La Due and you dive once a month and have since you were certified in 2004. Because you were dared. Actually there are lots of reasons! But here are our top 10 reasons for 2016.
10 Reasons to Dive New Year’s Day
1. You get to make the maiden voyage of the Extreme Bus (aka the Chiefs Bus, more to come on that…). Pete wasn’t about to miss out on his opportunity to A) go to the lake and B) ride in the bus. There was no leaving him home.
Last week we decided to play a little guessing game. It was crazy all the different fashion statements we saw at the Underwater Pumpkin Carving this year. But now it is time to reveal the answers as to who pulled off the fashion statements.
First off you saw this picture….
If you guessed Boomer Baugh, you are correct!
The second picture…..
Finally, the last picture you saw….
Did you guess Nicole Willoughby? If so, you would be right!
So, how did you do?
How did Fall get here so fast? In the blink of an eye it’ll be over. Holy cow! Can you believe that we are over halfway through the month of October? October, did I just say October? Why yes, yes I did. That means that it is time for the 18th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving.
As with all events that we participate in, this year’s Underwater Pumpkin Carving brought some great stories, from the great fashion statements to Boomer Baugh trying to get his pumpkin underwater. (Yes, we have video of that one, now if Charli Jo Epperly could have had a video camera running from under the water so we could have had both views!)
Our morning started out kind of overcast and in the upper 40’s but by late afternoon the sun was out and the weather wasn’t too bad. Anywhere from t-shirt to a light weight jacket or sweat shirt and it was pretty comfortable.
The morning started out with certifying a class of Divers. Congratulations to the new open water divers: Bryon Ezell, Yolanda Ezell, Charli Jo Epperly, Brandon Mee, Alex McKinley and Billie McKinley.
Also Congratulations to Mitch Hushak for completing Solo Diver and Dry Suit Diver.
While Grady and Dan took care of the scuba certifications, Deb stayed dry to start getting people signed up for the underwater pumpkin carving that was to start at noon. Karen and I jumped in and helped with the cooking of the chili and spaghetti. The spaghetti was for spaghetti red. We had 2 different people with us, one from Alaska and one from California who mentioned that they’d never heard of that. The comment was, “That must be a Midwest thing.” .
And you know the saying, if there’s food, they will come… Lol.
As stated every year, the pumpkin carving starts at 1pm, you have 45 minutes to get your pumpkin, carved and back up or if you hit a psi of 500 you must come up.
There was some excitement in getting a pumpkin down underwater this year. Anyone who was underwater minus Charli Jo didn’t know about it until we came back up but I guess it was quite the show for all those who were on land. And thanks to Dan La Due, we have a video. Sorry, I have to share the video Boomer, but we still love you! (by the way, Dan already shared it on facebook so technically, I’m ok, right? haha)
Good news is Boomer finally got down and was able to carve his pumpkin! And so did the rest of us. Now being the blogger, I have blogged about this twice, but never tried it so this year I changed that. I’ll tell you they over weighted me to help get my pumpkin down and I still couldn’t do it. I didn’t have the trouble that poor Boomer did though, I just gave it to my darling husband, Mark, and asked him to get it down for me. That’s how you do it people! haha .
The joke after all the carving was done is we all had to take our pumpkins back out and pick up all the insides
Once everyone got back up, then it was time to start voting on who will win.
And now for your 18th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Winners:
Best Effort – Annie Olsen
Ugliest – Mike Steele
I should mention it was a tie between 2nd and 3rd, therefore a tie breaker had to be performed.
3rd Place – Tiffany Hayworth (also the blogger/photographer needs to be fired for this photo!)
2nd Place – Justin Walkinshaw
1st Place – Dan Hayworth
And a photo of her 1st, 2nd and 3rd place or should I say, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st. You be the judge . Justin is in a Hayworth Sandwich… haha. (Please laugh, let me know I’m kind of funny.. haha)
And now…. the finale…
A close up look of the pumpkins:
And the 14 participants for the 18th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving.
The weather was beautiful. The company was fabulous. The diving conditions weren’t bad at all, a nice balmy 68 degrees and the thermocline wasn’t hit until around 50 feet or so, so the water was the same pretty much all over our diving cove.
And check out this video by Mike Vandergrift!
The Underwater Pumpkin Carving on Sunday brought about some very fashionable statements. So we thought it might be fun to do a sort of Guessing Game.
Guess Whose Feet These Are – There is a place for comments below, or else comment on facebook in the comments section about this!!!
Hopefully you’ll play our guessing game. Don’t worry, the answers will be revealed!
How much fun did you have this past weekend? Well, if you went to Mermet Springs, I can help answer that question (hopefully…ha!). If you weren’t able to go, I just want to say you missed out on some totally GREAT diving and loads of fun! And we missed you!
This blog started out in 2013 with a blog post about Mermet Springs. Then a year later there was a 2014 post about Mermet Springs. Now here we are 2 years later just having returned from Mermet Springs. Other than dives were different, people might have been different, etc, what more could be said about traveling to Mermet Springs you might ask? Well I’m so glad that you decided to show up to this cozy little corner of the Internet today to learn:
10 Reasons Why YOU should travel to Mermet Springs to dive the Extreme Sports Scuba Way:
1. You’re diving in September.
What more could you ask for? That’s it. That’s all you need to know. Bam… I could end the post on that note, but I won’t.
Trying to get schedules to coincide sometimes makes these travel posts a little bit late. However, it is better late than never that we document the travel excursions that Extreme Sports Scuba divers attend. Being a fairly newer diver, I haven’t had the opportunity to travel abroad yet, however, this summer when Extreme Sports headed to Roatán I gave Doug Lord an assignment to be my eyes and ears while he was on vacation. And since he willingly obliged, you all get the special treat of a guest post about the Turquoise Bay Resort located in beautiful Roatán, Honduras. So… take it away Doug.
Extreme Sports Scuba left for Roatán July 18,2015 headed for a weeks diving adventure at Turquoise Bay Resort in Roatán Honduras.
Yesterday we had Part 1 of the Guilt Trip, Today comes Part 2… that means underwater pictures, group pictures, and ALL the juicy details . Thanks to the help of Tiffany Hayworth, Deb Weston, & Shaye Weston, I am now able to bring you all the juicy details!
First we’ll start with pictures because, why not!
Today is Thursday, it is also July 30th (I know this because someone has a birthday… actually 3 someone’s… someone 1, someone 2, someone 3). Aren’t you so glad I can read a calendar? Well, we’re going to do a Throwback Thursday post to last month. Hey, it was a month ago so it definitely counts for Throwback Thursday!
On more than one occasion you’ve probably heard that there was a trip to Cozumel, Mexico, that was referred to as the Guilt Trip. There’s a whole long story as to how it got its name, but at this time just know, there was one.
The other thing to note about the Guilt Trip is 16 people wound up going on the Guilt Trip.
Okay, so the Guilt trip post will be broken down into 2 posts. Why? Well, there are a lot of pictures but one group of pictures is more of the underwater view while the other set of pictures is more of the above water view.
You’ll note that while we’ve had excessive heat warnings across the US this week, I went on to Cozumel’s weather via weather.com and their high today is supposed to be 89, same as ours. Just thought I’d through that out there for you to digest.
So if you’ve never had the opportunity to go to Cozumel or you’re wondering what it looks like in June above the water or you’re looking for a reason to go and you need enticing photos, we have you covered today!