Friday, April 18, 2008
The thing is - I love sharks - but I don't want to be anywhere near a hungry one. I mean it! They might not want to eat me, but hey, even I sometimes eat stuff I don't want when I'm hungry. Stuart's Cove is one of the most famous dive shops - especially for shark diving in the Bahamas. They take the divers out to the feeding spot and explain that the divers must keep their limbs tucked close to their bodies at all times because a shark could mistake an arm for some chum (AARRGH!). Anyway, they descend, kneel at the bottom, and a guy comes down with a box full of chum, and when everyone's ready they open the box and are suddenly surrounded by 40+ sharks! I'm glad it was fun, but I'm seriously in no rush to experience this. Has anyone else done it?
It's FRIDAY! Our first week on the web is coming to a conclusion, and thanks so much for giving us such a warm welcome. I have to be honest about today's photo - I was nowhere in the vicinity. Instead, I was lying in the sun at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas in these really cool cabanas that have plasma tvs, mini bars, private bathrooms, and you can even get a massage. My friend went on the dive, took the picture, and told me all about it. I was a tiny bit jealous, but not enough to jump in with that lot!
Hugs and Fishes!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
What's incredible about reef diving is how the colors change with the visibility. You may be able to see the reef from a hundred feet away or more, but once you get up close, the colors are astounding. The reef looks great from any distance, but once you're within a few feet, the colors are so vibrant that there's nothing like it on solid ground. If you look at Wikipedia for "reef" - you'll find lots of really big words like "Permian-Triassic." As law students, we're used to big words, but these geologists and oceanographers do not mess around. According to wikipedia, the biggest threats to the coral reefs include overfishing, pollution, and shipping traffic. There are lots of organizations you can get involved with to help protect our reefs and have fun diving while doing it! Check out www.reefcheck.org and www.reef.org for more info.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Are you looking for the perfect apres-scuba outfit? Something which will look stylish & sexy but will travel easily? The romper is a classic choice; honestly, it doesn't go out of style. First appearing in 1910, the romper is a one-piece garment usually worn for play. It comes in two varieties: shorts or skirt! (as modeled by myself then & now, respectively)
It can be slipped on over your bathing suit & since most rompers are terry cloth, it's like wearing a flattering towel. It doesn't wrinkle & you can shove it in your scuba bag where it won't take up much space at all. It goes from the boat to the bar with ease.
Come on people, who doesn't want to wear an outfit which embodies the sense of fun shared by childhood & the pursuit of scuba. I promise that your romper outfit will be a big hit!!!
hugs & fishes,
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Hugs & Fishes,
That being said, we've just been directed to a really cool event in Southern California. It's called Chamber Day. This year's event will be on Wednesday, May 7, 2008. The official website, http://wrigley.usc.edu/hyperbaric/chmbday.htm,says the following:
The great thing about this event is that ALL the monies raised goes to the Chamber. No administrative fees are deducted from the proceeds, the local SoCal boats donate their time and services, the manufacturers donate gear for raffle prizes, the Aquarium of the Pacific donates their facility for the evening event, hundreds of volunteers donate their time, and you (hopefully) donate your money.The Catalina Chamber is dedicated strictly to the treatment of diving accidents on a 24/7/365 basis. Although we hope you’ll never need it, having the Chamber available gives divers a vital safety net in the event something should go wrong with your dive. Although there is a grant from LA County, and the Chamber gets income from some outside activities, Chamber Day provides a significant portion (roughly 50%) of the Chamber’s annual budget.
So, if you live and dive in SoCal... get involved!
hugs & fishes,
Monday, April 14, 2008
Scuba SuperStarrs unite!
Scuba diving is the closest thing I have found to being a mermaid. I mean breathing under water, amazing. My first dive experience was off the coast of Turkey in the summer of 2006. The above photo is of my Peace Corps friend, Emre, giving the okay sign on our Turkey diving adventure.
I can't wait to get certified so that I can travel & view life from under the sea...
hugs & fishes,
Check out Patricia Lin and her dive master self at:
Sunday, April 13, 2008
You go Princess Bea!
You can read all about her recent certification here: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/travel/article1003098.ece
So - it was my first actual boat dive - Maui, HI in June. I was on the dive boat, and our dive master was explaining the hand signals for the various aquatic life, safety basics - the usual. Anyway, he explains that Molokini is home to different species of sharks and puts his hand sideways against his forehead (dive sign language for shark). He says if he gives us that sign, don't panic. He tells us that divers almost never get bitten because to sharks, we don't look like food with all that gear on. Besides, the reef is teeming with other things that keep sharks quite happily fed. Still, I was concerned. Until that day, my only encounter with sharks had been watching "Jaws."
As soon as I descended, our guide gave us the shark sign - on my FIRST dive! Sure enough, there was a white tip reef shark close enough to touch (it seemed). They are beautiful, magnificent creatures, and I wasn't scared at all - because it was only a baby! I was a little concerned about running into the mother, but no such luck. Suffice to say, seeing a shark on my first ever SCUBA dive and I was....bitten (by the SCUBA bug, not the baby shark).
For those of you out there who have never been on a dive boat, I'm throwing in a picture of what one looks like. I'm told this is a pretty good dive boat, all things considered. I've never been on a live aboard trip, or had the pleasure of being a guest on someone's fabulous yacht, but I had imagined dive boats being more.... luxurious? I imagined there would be somewhere to stretch out in the sun, somewhere to make snacks, relax... no such luck. Most boats are pretty bare bones in my experience. In fact, I've actually been on worse dive boats than this. At least this one had an upper storage! I'm the girl sitting down, listening intently to the dive master. I don't know who the other two people are. It looks like I'm wearing some kind of weird eye gear, but it's the vest in the background. But the thing is, once you're on a dive boat, all you can think about is getting in the water. There's no time for shuffle board on the Lido Deck!
So my first ever boat dive was a complete success. In fact, I was one of the last ones to ascend, and I still had about 500 PSI. Ha! See ya - Jenny Mo
This is Rosette aka Zette, aka Z. I’m so excited about a scuba community that we are trying to create. I have three fabulous friends-some of whom you have already met! We are all law students interested in Scuba.
I grew up in Africa. The heat of the tropics turned me into someone who LOVES being in the water. I started my scuba certification process ages ago. I watched videos and had a guy come to my house to teach me about all the funky equipment and then – never did the underwater training. Sometimes life just gets too busy and things slip by.
But after I graduate – MAY 16, 2008 BABY – I’m going to start from fresh and get my certification. I can't wait to get into the water. I mean – let’s be honest ladies – the idea of being weightless sounds good – and we can do it without having to go to the moon:)
Well – it’s been fun sharing little bits of me with you. Unlike Kari – some of us have to study to keep our grades up. But – I look forward to sharing my certification process with all of you and I encourage anyone who isn’t certified yet to get on it. Hey – we can do and online team thing. I don’t know – we can check on our progress and stuff. Just a thought.
Hugs and Fishes,
Looking forward to blogging with you soon,
Kari's post about Forgetting Sarah Marshall (http://twotank.blogspot.com/2008/04/id-rather-be-in-hawaii.html) got me thinking about movies that remind me of diving. There certainly aren't enough movies shot underwater. I guess it's pretty expensive, and it's probably hard to talk most of the actresses into wearing neoprene and a mask that causes forehead lines. But there are some great movies! I just checked out IMDB for some initial research: Apparently there's a movie called "SCUBA" starring Lloyd Bridges that came out in 1973. Anyone seen it?
And - GET THIS- there's a movie called "National Lampoon's Last Resort: Scuba School" from 1994 - It stars both the Coreys - Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. How did this one escape my notice?? The user review on IMDB is only two words: "Total pukage."
But as far as my top three go:
1. Thunderball - who can beat James Bond?
2. Into The Blue - beautiful photography
3. Lara Croft Tombraider - the Cradle of Life (because she had the coolest diving suit in the world and rode a shark).
As long as they don't harm the sea life, the reefs, or the ecosystem and they don't make a mess, I'm all for underwater movie making.
The girls and I might have to have a SCUBA film festival after the bar! Any recommendations?
I should be studying for finals right now, but I can't stop thinking about Hawaii! Here's why, I can't get away from the all the billboards and bus signs saying how much some guy hates Sarah Marshall.
Have you seen all those signs and commercials about "I hate Sarah Marshall"? The movie attached to this ad campaing, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, opens any day now, at least in the big cities http://www.forgettingsarahmarshall.com/. Why does this movie make me think about my own trip to Hawaii? When I was in Hawaii last summer, I stayed at the Turtle Bay Resort (http://www.turtlebayresort.com) and that's where they filmed the movie. I was there while they were actually filming Forgetting Sarah Marshall. We had a blast watching the huge camera crew, actors, and set design technicans rush around and reshoot sceens. I even got to meet Edward Norton in the elevator!
I cannot wait to go see the movie and relive my amazing time at Turtle Bay. If you ever want to get away from it all, but still stay in a hotel, you should stay at Turtle Bay!!!
Hugs and fishes,