Underwater Splendor’s Home Opener

When you live in the Midwest USA, let’s face it, scuba diving is not what comes to mind for recreation. Maybe football, baseball, fishing, or “floating” our rivers (what I used to call canoeing). Whenever I meet fellow divers on trips, the same old question comes up, “So where are you from?” Then I tell them. Not much diving around there is there, they say predictably, and then chortle. (Actually, while I don’t do it, quarry diving around here is quite the sport for some.) Well, the point is that to live in the Midwest and to LOVE scuba diving, you have to travel thousands of miles to get your fix! Several times of year, right? Because you’re hooked! Because you want to hone your skills! Because you want to practice your craft! And because you find the underwater world absolutely captivating. Great! Where to next??!!!

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I’m always searching for diving destinations a bit off the beaten path, but I admit, I like the water to be warm and the air even warmer. But, sometimes thermoclines are a necessary evil when we want those pelagic encounters with the sharks and mantas that we get so revved up to see. But I don’t do dry suit diving, and I got rid of my 7mm neoprene years ago.

I have some very good friends who, every year, head out to baseball’s spring training camp in hopes of watching the new seasons’ stars be revealed prior to the home opener game. My home opener, on the other hand, is heading to the Caribbean for some early summer weather and new diving adventures. And maybe I’ll savor a rum punch along the way too. I’ll be heading to the Caribbean island of Tobago.

As you check out my site and as I continue to develop it, I hope you enjoy the photographs and the stories, and that you find our living underwater treasures as captivating as I do! Make sure to keep checking back for more stories and photographs! Share your comments and share my blog!

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