Here is video footage of my fourth certification dive on May 26, 2019.
My fourth certification dive. This is the one that I had to plan from start to finish.
Depth: 18 feet Dive time: 28 minutes Start of Dive 10:49 Average Water temp: 55 degrees Exposure suit: 5mm Henderson wetsuit Weight: 22 pounds
Disclaimers: Keep in mind the goal is the dive itself – if the camera strays off any subjects of interest, bear with it. I’m new – my buoyancy goes a bit off kilter a couple of times and I wind up on the surface. It’s not perfect, be kind in the comments. This is the dive as it occurred. The objects in the quarry are as they truly were at the time of the dive, nothing has been edited out or into the video, nothing was added to the quarry for this dive. Some viewers may find some items “NSFW”. Deal with it.
A rare type of coral reef has been discovered off Italy’s southern coast. Scientists believe the reef to be about 1.5 miles, it may stretch tens of miles along the coastline.
Why the discovery now? The reef is mesophotic—meaning, it has low levels of light, a condition that isn’t ideal for coral to grow. Various colors of coral are in the reef and official designation of the area as a coral reef is pending. Actions are already in play to protect the find.
Soon, you should be able to add Monopoli’s coral reef to your diving bucket list.
The Dive Industry of Victoria Association (DIVA) has secured an undertaking from the Sea Shepherd Organisation to donate the MY Steve Irwin to sink as an artificial reef in Melbourne, which will act as a haven for fish life and as a major tourist attraction to divers worldwide.
The ship, shown in the Animal Planet show Whale Wars, was named to honor the late Steve Irwin in 2007. The ship was built in 1975 and was originally commissioned as FPV Westra. In 2006, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society purchased the vessel and renamed it MY Robert Hunter after Canadian Robert Hunter, founder of Greenpeace.
Sea Shepherd used the ship in attempts to disrupt Japanese whaling. One tactic involved Sea Shepherd members throwing bottles of foul-smelling acid onto the decks of the Japanese whaling ships. These and other tactics such as blocking Japanese whaling ships continued until 2013. Whaling ships often collided with the ship as well as MY Bob Barker, another ship in the Sea Shepherd fleet in attempts to thwart their attacks.
Sea Shepherd announced the ship will be retired, stripped and recycled in China, and the MY Ocean Warrior will be taking its spot as the flagship vessel of the fleet. There is an effort via online petition to sink the ship so it becomes an artificial reef. The price tag is $2.6 million, half of which Sea Shepherd volunteered to pay. The petition is to show the Australian government the level of interest in sinking the ship in Melbourne.
One of my goals (they’re goals, not resolutions) for 2019, is to get my scuba certification. Here’s why I’m so interested in diving:
I’ve wanted to dive ever since I was nine. I saw it on television, and wanted to do it. Anytime I saw diving in person or in a movie or on television, I was front and center watching. The first time I got to scuba dive was 1987. It was everything I wanted, and I wanted more (still do). When we visited Epcot a couple of years ago, we went to the Coral Reef restaurant. I had my nose pressed up against the glass for over two hours watching the activity in the aquarium.
Atmosphere. It is as close as you can get to truly being weightless like in space (and it’s cheaper). I’ve experienced “weightlessness” (being neutrally buoyant – not floating or sinking) a couple of times in a pool. It intrigues me and I love feeling it.
Lots to explore. 71% of the Earth is water. I’ll never run out of places to go. I wouldn’t with the other 29%, but the 71% that is water is less crowded, doesn’t have traffic, cellphones… you get the idea.
4. Friends. Most of the people I’ve connected with related to scuba diving are pretty interesting, friendly people. From people in my area to some in other parts of the world. I have a large number of divers around the world friend me on Facebook and share their adventures.
5. The environment. This was the year I saw just how horrible we treat our oceans. TONS of plastic winds up underwater, threatening sea life around the globe. As a diver, I can pull this type of plastic when I encounter it and as while on land, I can reduce how much single-use plastic I purchase. I’m sure some in my area (which is landlocked) think reducing their single-use plastic will not make a difference, but it will. Reducing single-use plastic will make companies think of alternatives. Already, IKEA and Dunkin’ Donuts are eliminating single-use plastic by 2020. Locally, Kroger stores are eliminating plastic bags by 2025.
6. I’m intrigued by the gear and how it works. When it comes down to it, you’re talking about life support equipment. Innovations in scuba gear bring all kinds of gear enhancements. I remember when there weren’t BCDs and the tank was just strapped on your back (my excursion dive in 1987 was with a tank harness/no BCD). Drysuits are more common, so are full face masks. From unique slate designs and clipping mechanisms to Kirby Morgan’s M-48 full face mask, I think it’s all cool and I already know I’m a complete gear nerd.