July 7 – Rescue Classroom
July 10, 12, 17, & 19 – Open Water SCUBA Classes – Evening
July 14 – Rescue Open Water
July 23 & 26 – Open Water SCUBA Class – Daytime
Memorial Day Weekend always seems to be the “kick off” to the summer season. I guess that’s a good thing since Summer doesn’t officially start until the end of June. We get one month of summer prior to the actual summer solstice! But Memorial Day Weekend also tends to be the start of dive season.
As we learned last week, we’ve already had dive classes in the lake this year, but for the general run our dive season starts Memorial Day Weekend.
This year the top thermocline happened around 15 feet. On Sunday, Drake stuck his arm below the thermocline long enough for his dive computer to read. Then he stuck it above. There was a 9˚ difference. Wow! And you could definitely feel it when you dropped below the thermocline. The next thermocline happened around 28 feet or so. I want to say though, our divers were troopers! Especially our students! Continue reading→
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and WARM New Year! That seemed to be the theme around New Year’s this year… Stay Warm! You may have seen on Facebook, the blog, and potentially even heard through word of mouth that late last year (haha), in fact like the 28th or 29th we decided to cancel the annual New Year’s Day Dive. In a post earlier this week, Dan explained reasons why we should abort a dive.
The reason this year was due to the frigid arctic weather that hit us. I couldn’t imagine getting out of that water into weather that was 14˚F with a windchill sitting around 0. Now truthfully I’ve never done the New Year’s Day dive, I’m more of a fair weather diver, but that was even too cold for a lot of diver’s blood! It’s all about safety and being able to go home to your loved ones that night and doing the next dive you have scheduled. Continue reading→
We’ve made it! Here we are on the last day of 2017. I’m not sure where the year went. I swear I woke up yesterday and it was January 1st, 2017 and now here we are, December 31st, 2017. One trip around the sun. 365 days. Crazy, right? This has been one crazy ride for many. And definitely one for the record books. Hopefully you have taken your pictures, jotted down your notes/memories, and finally, last but not least, created your New Year’s Resolutions.
There’s no going back to the beginning of the year. We’re ready to write the next chapter in our book labeled 2018. I want to quickly mention that earlier this week I posted what our January Plan is, so be sure you are suped up and ready for it. I know we are! There are 31 amazing posts ready for you to read, with multiple different authors. That should be interesting if nothing else, right? Continue reading→
Oh goodness, can you believe that we’re almost halfway through the month already? And better yet, we’re halfway to Christmas. Someone please slow time down! I swear, every year it gets faster and faster. I’m really not ready to put all the Christmas decorations away for another year!
But no one came here for complaining! What you came here for were Stocking Stuff ideas for that SCUBA diver in your life! And boy did you come to the right place! We have you set this year! With not 1, not 2, not 3, but 10 different Stocking Stuffer Ideas.
These last few weeks I’ve been working on an extremely fun project! It all started because of my Grandma really.
One goal I set for myself was to write a cookbook. Well, I haven’t quite done that yet, but I have written some of my own recipes out of the deal. That’s always kind of fun and an accomplishment. But, I did kind of write a book of sorts.
How did my Grandma start this? Well, she wrote her own cookbook and involved me in the publishing process. We self-published through Diggypod. It was such an easy experience that I decided to bug Deb one day about publishing a book.
Deb, Grady, and their sons Justin and Jared opened Extreme Sports SCUBA in 1997. This year makes 20 years of being in business. Constantly you are hearing stories about this event or that trip. Some fun. A few you wish you didn’t know. Then, some you never want to speak of again, but constantly do… In August I got the brilliant idea that we need to do a memories book/recipe book. Why August because that seems like a random month. Well, August 1997 was when the store opened. 20 years.
Guys, it is that time of year… Santa will be here just before you know it… but you still have to find those perfect gifts for your loved ones on your Christmas shopping list. Today we have a treat for you… We have gone through and collected the best dive gear for $100 or less.
These are those accessory type things you may want to add to your packages or maybe you already have your gear and are looking for those cute little “Knick-knacks” just to finish out your look. Never fear, we have you covered.
Number 1 goal… make safe divers. Number 2 goal… Make you look smoking hot. Haha… I believe the word you’re looking for is… Anyway.
Blogger here. Did you realize I wasn’t at Dive Club Meeting last night? Well, I wanted to be, but I’m off doing my other favorite hobby, Riding Horses! In fact, it’s 5 something in the morning and I wanted to bring this blog post to you before I run off to go ride horses to beat the heat of Southern Oklahoma. You know it’s hot when you’re sweating at 7am.
Now… if I wasn’t at Dive Club Meeting last night, just what on earth could I provide for you in a blog post? Pictures of course. Hey, my friends all have my back and yours. So now I bring you, Blowing up stuff. haha! No, I hear there was a great turn out at Dive Club Meeting. Good Food, Great Company, and an Excellent Fireworks Show. Thank you Mark Willoughby, Priscilla Sweet, and Jared Weston for being my back up blogger photographers for the July Extreme Dive Club Meeting. Now I leave you with the pictures.
p.s. if you want to see upcoming events, check out the June Dive Club Meeting Minutes!
p.p.s. Between those 3 I had 14 photos, but you’ll notice there are only 13 in this post. I have no idea how that happened or which one I missed. I guess that’s what you get from me blogging at 5 something in the morning??
And finally, Freedom doesn’t come Free. Remember the reason that we celebrate Independence day and the Freedom of our country. Never take that for granted. Okay, off my soap box now :). Happy Independence Day!
Happy Memorial Day!
History: Memorial Day is a United States Federal Holiday honoring all the people who died while serving our country’s armed forces.
Photo circa 1999.
This is the United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) located in Washington D.C. The war memorial was dedicated to all U.S. Marine Corps personnel who died in the defense of the United States since 1775.
This memorial was inspired by the iconic 1945 photograph of six Marines raising the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima during WWII.
The flag raisers: Ira Hayes, Harold Schultz, Michael Strank, Franklin Sousley, Rene Gagnon, and Harlon Block.