Overconfidence Always Leads to Trouble

Monday, May 16, 2011 18:06 | Filled in Dive Safety, Dive Training
Aqutic Safaris II from below

Back from Another Safe Dive

I know you have heard this before.  Don’t be overconfident.  You will get bit in the rear one of these days.  Overconfidence leads to intentional lapses on quality control standards and unintentional lapses with safety guidelines.  In the world of diving, avoiding overconfidence is critical to having fun and being safe.


I was headed out to the Fossil Ledge on a dive in early spring.  The water was still pretty cold so I ended up buying a 5 mil neoprene hood from the dive shop.  This hood/torso piece would help keep me warm enough in the chillier waters.  The other new piece of equipment that I was carrying out with me that day was a 19 cubic foot pony bottle and regulator that my wife got me for a Christmas present.  The day started out nice, and the boat ride out to the location was uneventful. Read the rest of this entry »

North Carolina Diving – What Does That Mean?

Saturday, May 14, 2011 16:37 | Filled in NC diving
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Tropical Diving in Saba

Diving off the coast of North Carolina is not what you typically think of when someone tells you that they scuba dive.  Usually, I think of those wonderful locations in the tropics where the water is crystal clear and the life is right there, just under the water.  I can see the pictures on the covers of those travel magazines and images of those great James Bond movies in my head.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that picture and I love diving in those kinds of places.


But around here, the water ranges from 60 degrees Farenheit in the spring to 80 in the summer/early fall.  Visibility will be from 3 feet to 80+ feet.  It usually takes from 30 minutes to 2 1/2 hours on a boat to get to a dive site.  Our dives can be as shallow as 40 feet but are more typically around 80-120 feet deep.  So, what makes the diving off the North Carolina coast so special? Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to My World

Saturday, May 14, 2011 2:01 | Filled in NC diving
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Statia Sunset

Welcome to my new blog.  Read my About Me page for a little info on who I am.  Let me tell you about this site and why I am writing it.  This is not about me.  Well, of course, it is.  But, what I am trying to state is that this site is about me telling you all the cool things that I experience doing one of the activities that I love.  Learning to scuba dive is a live-changing event.  I want to relate my experiences so that you finally decide to try some of these things, yourself.  Live through me, but ultimately, live with me. Read the rest of this entry »

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