What could divert me away from the clear saltwater diving I routinely do in the world's most beautiful tropical locations? Shark tooth fossils, of course! Take a look at what I found in the dark, murky riverbeds of South Carolina.
We always do a really big trip every three years. In 2005, that was the beautiful Galápagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. We spent eleven days on the MV Deep Blue courtesy of tour guides Galápagos Adventures and experienced the unique land life of the southern islands as well as the big pelagic animals (that means sharks!) in the north at Wolf and Darwin Islands.
Here are some photos and a video from a hopefully not once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea off the eastern coast of Australia. Some friends and I spent two weeks Down Under in the summer of 2002.
A bunch of Sun diving buddies and I were down on Grand Cayman's east end in September 2000 for a bachelor's week of underwater sightseeing in the British West Indies. Here are the underwater pics and a video of us at the famous Stingray City.
In September 1999 we went to one of the last great unspoiled diving paradises in the world. We headed out for ten days' diving on Mike Ball's Paradise Sport, the newest and most luxurious of the famous Mike Ball fleet.
Our trip to Nassau, Bahamas at Stuart Cove's Dive South Ocean in August 1998, including pictures and a video of our shark feeding dives.
Pictures from my annual trips to Cozumel, including some incredible underwater shots and a video.
Some shots of some of the unique Pacific underwater wildlife in Monterey while cruising on the Cypress Sea.
Every few years, my scuba buddies and I head down for a long weekend of diving in Looe Key, just north of Key West.
It's amazing how much scuba you can pick up in a short amount of time if you'd just knuckle down and get fanatic about it! Here's a quick summary of milestones in my scuba experience:
|September 1995||Open Water Scuba Diver certification completed in Virginia|
|February 1997||Advanced Open Water certification completed in Cozumel, Mexico|
|February 1998||Boat Diver specialty work completed in Monterey and Cozumel|
|April 1998||Emergency First Response training completed in Virginia|
|May 1998||Dry Suit specialty completed in Monterey, California|
|May 1998||Enriched Air/Nitrox specialty completed in Virginia|
|June 1999||Rescue Diver certification completed in Virginia|
|September 1999||Underwater Photographer specialty completed in Papua New Guinea|
|September 1999||Dive number 100 enjoyed at Ral Island, Papua New Guinea|
|September 2000||Underwater Navigator specialty completed in Grand Cayman, BWI|
|September 2000||Master Scuba Diver rating achieved|
|February 2004||Dive number 250 enjoyed on the wreck of the Felipe Xicoténantl, Cozumel, Mexico|