Extreme Diver Interview – Mikel Vandergrift

We’re quickly approaching the end of the year… Can you believe it? In fact, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. If you are preparing the turkey for your family, I sure hope that you took the bird out of the freezer at last Monday or Tuesday or you’ll have a frozen bird. And if you’re using fresh, well then you’re doing great. I noticed on the food shows that they’ve been giving tips on how to prepare a Thanksgiving meal all month long. In case you’re wondering, we’re brining our bird today. I know that you were all worried about what we were doing, because remember, someday I’m going to write a cookbook  oh and we’re going to give it a bacon blanket in case you were so curious. But enough about Thanksgiving and especially my Thanksgiving. Today you are here to meet our next diver. I was able to interview Mike at the underwater Pumpkin Carving where he created this ridiculously awesome video. And since I don’t have a picture to include for him, we’ll include his video. So take it away Mike!

How did you get started diving?

Jared Weston made me do it.

How long have you been diving?

Hunny, how long have I been diving? 9 years, we already discussed that.

How many dives do you make in a typical year?

When I get the chance I get about 20 per year.

What other hobbies do you have?

I’m a drone pilot.

Where is your favorite place to dive?

My favorite place to dive that you can’t dive anymore is Dewey Shores at Table Rock Lake.

What is your most comical dive experience?

They sent me out to bring in the flag but tied it to my bottle so I swam around looking for it and couldn’t find it.

What is your occupation?


Words of wisdom/tips or tricks for fellow divers?

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today, because if you do it today and like it, you can do it tomorrow.

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