Great Pumpkin Diving Today!
Meet Scuba Steve, carved by Mark, Dave and Brian as a team. So creative! It was very hard to stabilize the pumpkin on the bottom without kicking up the silt. The guys had to keep moving out of the silt-cloud so that they could see what they were doing; nobody wanted to trust the other with a sharp knife in a silt-out! Smart fellas!
I dove too, and I was very surprised how comfortable I was in the water. I expected it to be soooooo cold! Even after I got out, I felt great. There must be a very weird kind of scuba-high phenomenon that protects us!
Steve BBQ'd some sausage and some delicious mystery meat Aleks brought called Sarajevo style chevapi (a beef, veal and lamb combo with spices). Aleks also brought another surprise for divemaster Rob: a yummy birthday cake! It was very moussey and very chocolatey, and very melt in your mouth! MMMMMMmmm!
Thank-you everyone who came to enjoy good diving, good company, good BBQ, good cake and a ton of laughs! That was fun.
Diving can sure make you tired....good.....night....ZZZZzzzzzzzzz.....
Do-it-Yourself Underwater Camera Mount
By TJ Fitzner
TJ was recently inspired to create his own underwater camera mount for his GoPro; he has photographed it and made a great slideshow to share!
Please check out his hard work and leave him questions and comments!
Nauticam Underwater Housing
Christmas came early! I spent two and half hours with Dean and Paula checking out my new Nauticam housing for my Sony A6000 mirrorless camera - just learning the ropes. Wow, this outfit is pretty freaking amazing (it should be); I can't get over it!
Then I started to feel a little overwhelmed; this is a pretty huge investment - I can't blow it.
Paula's wise advice? If they are in the water waiting for you, and you aren't 100% sure that your camera is ready to go, leave it behind - it will only take one small, stupid oversight to destroy your investment in 5 seconds flat (5 second rule applies here, right?)!
So I make a checklist. There will be all the usual stuff: batteries charged? SD card in the camera? Lights ready to go? But then there are some extra considerations: double check the O-ring on the housing AND the port (where the lens fits). Flying with this housing means being aware of the air pressure inside the housing. When we are ascending, the air inside will expand and some will escape via the O-ring. When we descend again, the air will compress further, and cause a vacuum seal inside the housing. Bad. Paula recommends removing the O-rings while travelling and replacing them when I arrive, but somehow that makes me nervous. What if I forget? Maybe I can just travel with my housing left ajar? Decisions, decisions.
But is this good enough? The pumpkin carving event is this weekend, and if I'm not too much of a sucky baby, I will put on the 7 mil and get with this camera. I want to try this baby out!
Divers, I may ask you if I can take some pics. I may ask a lot. It is OK to say no, because I am on a mission and you may not have time for this.
Seriously, how freaking insane is THIS??? A MOISTURE ALARM? BE STILL MY BEATING HEART! This is cooler than the coolest thing I've seen so far!!! OH. MY. Freaking. GOSH!
Packing the Bag!
Oh my gosh! How do I do this? I'm not even sure where to start. I'll bet I change the layout a hundred times before I like it.
Here is hoping I get some practice in during the pumpkin carving contest this weekend. Jody is still waiting on the town for confirmation. HELLO? There is an election coming up, right? Impress us and return our calls! Jeepers!
But I digress. If Shanty Bay falls through (we will tell you about it on Saturday), then our back-up is Jackson's Point. Confirming SOON!
Hope to see you this weekend! Live, Laugh, Dive and SHOOT!
BOOOTIFUL pumpkins together!
Date: October 25, 2014
Time: 10:30 am
Location: To be announced
Who is ready for some spooky underwater pumpkin carving? Last year we got snowed out, and there was a lot of disappointment to go around. So far the weather is showing sunny and cool for our pumpkin carving contest.
What do I need?
1. A PUMPKIN!
2. Childproof cutting utensils (lol, just kidding, but seriously, be careful)!
4. All your scuba gear
5. Underwater camera (optional, but strongly recommended)
Cut out your lid and scoop all the guts out before you arrive.
- Consider a little weight inside your pumpkin to keep it negatively buoyant; you do not want that slippery little sucker to float away on you.
- When you are scooping out the guts, try scraping away some of the pumpkin walls - especially in the area you plan to create your art; the thinner the walls, the easier it will be cut your design underwater.
-For gosh sakes, be careful! It's all fun and games until someone pokes an eye out!
-Do not pierce or cut in any direction that could harm you or your dive buddy if you should slip.
-Your dive knife may not be the best tool - try out some smaller, serated paring knives as you prepare your pumpkin; as long as you can grip it easily with your gloves on (with a sheath is even better).
For more on pumpkin carving see Alert Diver's article here: