Tuesday, April 24, 2007

WaterWorld

I returned from IMAZ on April 17th. On April 18th I collected a guest from the airport; he departs today (returning to Toronto; I just had him on loan from his wife, four kids, job, and Toronto weather). Our big deal was scuba diving this past weekend.

Being Type-A sorts, we decided to do the PADI Advanced Open Water course through Divers Down. We were quite happy with them, although they did make one slip up - we made special side arrangements for a night dive off the shore (no divemaster), but the staff forgot to leave lights for us (they did leave us the tanks and weightbelts). We'll go night diving another time! Anyhow, overall they were professional and friendly. Their boats go out early in the morning, and their party sizes are small. Thus, they get to pick good sites before other boats claim them, and the divers don't have to wait around through big loading and unloading procedures.

Here's my visiting friend, Doug from high school days:

Note the Spare Air canister on his front. The Instapundit also uses one - he refers to it as a "wife comforting device". BTW, that last link has a good video of the Instapundit diving off the East End of Grand Cayman (no, I don't know Insty personally).

Here's me (this and all remaining photos snapped by Doug):

Yes, upside down diving is best, but we did stage a mock trampoline shot too:


I began with a refresher dive on Saturday morning with Doug in tow. It was a shore dive at George Town harbour. We beat the cruise ships, so the fish had not yet been disturbed; the staff hadn't seen so many at that site this year:

We saw a fair number of other critters on that dive, including a barracuda (no pic).

A few other shots from other dives, just to give a sense that the reefs are out there and colourful (bring your own light to bring out the colour):








(Click on any photo to enlarge)

10 Comments:

Blogger TriSaraTops said...

Wow--amazing pics!

Congrats on IMAZ! Must. have. race. report. NOW!

:)

4/24/2007 11:40:00 am  
Blogger Andra Sue said...

Dammit! First a Funjet Specials email in my inbox this morning...and now THIS! Curses to you for making me lust after the scuba diving during a year that I probably can't afford to go. I so miss the sea creatures. :P

Pretty pics! Looks like you guys enjoyed yourselves. :)

4/24/2007 12:07:00 pm  
Blogger Wendy said...

So. Jealous.

Looks like you guys had a great time!!!

4/24/2007 12:36:00 pm  
Blogger TriFeist said...

Wow. Beautiful. I want to get back into diving so badly. Maybe after grad school.

4/24/2007 01:01:00 pm  
Blogger Duane said...

Very cool photos, looks like great fun!

4/24/2007 01:15:00 pm  
Blogger KrissyGo! said...

Gorgeous!

(Does this mean we'll get the juicy details from IMAZ now?)

4/24/2007 01:19:00 pm  
Anonymous Nigel. said...

You saw a Barracuda? What is a 1970s muscle car doing in the ocean? They go for a good price these days.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth_Barracuda

4/24/2007 03:12:00 pm  
Blogger Coach Tammy said...

Wow! gorgeous pics. I have never scuba'd before.

No pic of the baracuda? Why, were you screaming while swimming the other way as fast as you could? ha! No, that would be me.

4/25/2007 10:20:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous pics!!! Looks like a lot of fun.
Congrats on IMAZ
France

4/26/2007 06:12:00 pm  
Blogger Brent Buckner said...

All: glad you enjoyed the pix. Hugely fun times!

4/27/2007 09:15:00 am  

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