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Old 01-06-2015, 11:44 PM   #1
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My grandparents neighbor had a stack of the old Jacques Cousteau books. I have fished since I was old enough to walk but after flipping through those I wanted to understand what it looked liked where we fished. Got certified in 86 and diving made my money through high school cleaning hulls and spearing fish until I joined the Navy (first real job). Dove around the world over the last 20 years and my favorite places are still the shallow reefs and wrecks off Tarpon Springs and Clearwater. I don't dive anymore, but why did you start diving and where are your favorite places to dive?
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:38 AM   #2
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watching Jacques Cousteau and Sea Hunt had a great effect.
circling the globe on Navy vessels to and From Vietnam and looking at the different sea's had an effect. watching sea snakes in the Indian ocean and seeing flying fish at sea didn't go without notice. snorkeling off grande island Philippines only made me want to go deeper and not have to keep coming up for air so when I got back to CONUS I decided to give it a go.
got serious with diving and spear fishing with Ray Manual on his boat in the 70's but with a family I soon found myself going to Alabama point bridge when the tide came in and diving out to the middle columns , letting the air out of my BC and standing up against the column waiting on fish to swim by to ambush. [ the air bubbles went up the column and they didn't see me till I had a shot ]
one day a Lady snagged me in the wet suit with a trivial hook and pulled up and everyone was gathered round when I surfaced to see what she had caught and she freaked out LOL
did the cave diving thing at Morrison's springs before the stop sign was put it. [very dangerous]

I am too old now but did so much when I was young I just smile all the time and find new things
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Old 01-07-2015, 05:34 AM   #3
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1953 on the Sugar barge off of Anna Maria Island. Haven't dried out yet. Went yesterday. Damn left my wetsuit outside to dry and it's stiff as a board frozen.
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Did a tour to Okinawa, JP. If you weren't diving, you were watching the kids snorkeling. So off to dive school for me! Don't dive much here, but it's in my blood and I still have my gear!
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To get back all the lead I lost on the bridge rubble
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Became PADI certified in 1973. Instructor certified in 1977. Haven't dove since 86 but looking to get recertified. Don't know if I have to but would rather be safe than sorry.
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Was swimming down and shot a 40lb cobia, after that fight to the top, I said I would have a tank on my back next time,. That was 30years ago have not slowed down yet!
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Saw a mermaid in 1987. Certified in 1988. Been looking ever since.
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I was the Jacques Cousteau junkie- I remember putting together a model of his flagship- Calypso. Snorkeling for years- mostly the keys. I was always extremely interested in the new world down there. Met my wife and took her, then decided we'd get certified. Was great! It took our "Keys" trips to a whole new "level"- lol.
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Became PADI certified in 1973. Instructor certified in 1977. Haven't dove since 86 but looking to get recertified. Don't know if I have to but would rather be safe than sorry.
You don't have to get recertified .... but not a bad idea if one has been out of diving quite a few years. I did a re-certfication because my daughter was getting certified and I had been out of the water for 10 years.

You will need your cert card for air fills and to board most dive charters. If you can't find it PADI will issue you a replacement card .... but expect to pay a pretty penny for it.

If you're gonna re-certify .... you might want to consider trying a different agency like NAUI or SSI.
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