Monday, October 23, 2017

My Octopus Project... Octo on top of an empty Moon Snail shell.



The medium is an air drying porcelain like material that doesn't need to be baked. White clay, basically...

Haven't decided if I'll paint it or not yet.

#scuba #octopus #GiantPacificOctopus #modelingclay #octonation #sculpture #artisticimpression

Friday, October 20, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Scuba Diving featuring "I'm An Albatraoz" by AronChupa



Pumpkin Spice Scuba Diving featuring "I'm An Albatraoz" by AronChupa

be sure to listen with the volume all the way up and the bass kickin' !!!


#dancemix #pumpkinspice #albatraoz #aronchupa #timeoftheseason

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Where do you wear your snorkel?



Where do you wear your snorkel?

Do you even wear one?

#snorkel #doyouwearasnorkel

Why you should learn how to scuba dive... Life is too short...



"Every dive is a dream come true."

#learntoscubadive #whydive #learntodive #lifeistooshort #dreamdive #bucketlist #dreamsdocometrue #life0001

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A video collage of recent creatures I dove with and an UNIDENTIFIED spec...



A video collage of recent creatures I dove with and an UNIDENTIFIED species of crab

I added some stills of the unknown crab species... maybe someone will know what it is. That footage starts at 04:16:00

https://youtu.be/_tURgs5y9wA?t=4h16m

#videocollage #unknownspecies #lingcod #diamondbacknudibranch #newspeciesofcrab #hoodsportwa #pugetsound #sunrisemotel

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sea Cucumbers engaging in things sea cucumbers do...



...and why are they called cucumbers of the sea? if anything looked so different from a cucumber, these guys would be it!

#seacucumbers

Painted Greenling


I love seeing these little fish. They don't have a swim bladder so they jump from spot to spot...

#paintedgreenling

Alabaster nudibranch with a touch of golden hues...


aka Golden Dirona
#goldendirona #nudibranch

Sea anemone eating jellyfish... Mmmmm...!!! That's good eatin'



A short video of an anemone eating a jellyfish that I recorded during the week at Sunrise Motel & Dive Resort with students...

#jellyfish #seaanemone #anemoneeatingjellyfish

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Sailfin Sculpins are out in force! #pugetsound #sailfinsculpin #hood...



my favorite fish in the puget sound... i love seeing them swimming along and their dorsal fin waving in the water!

Tina and Mai begin their scuba diving certification...



Sunrise Motel & Dive Resort
Hoodsport, Washington
Puget Sound
Open Water Weekend...
to be continued...

#oww #openwaterweekend #pugetsound #sunrisemotel #newstudents #scubacertification

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Private Scuba Instruction vs Group Classes / Read by Computer Generated ...




If you don't like the narration, you can read it here

http://blog.jcaelitescuba.com/2017/09/Private-Scuba-Instruction-vs-Group-Classes-insights-questions-considerations.html

"Who's the Barber, here?"

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/theodoric-of-york/n8661?snl=1

The questions and a discussion...

What’s the difference between private instruction and group classes?

How much are group classes versus independent instruction?
Are there any costs not included with this payment?
Do you have a student agreement?

Group classes aren't always less expensive and private instruction is not always more expensive...

Who's going to be your instructor?

Will my instructor be female or male?

Does it matter which certification agency the dive shop or the instructor teaches through?

How deep will the certification be good to?

Are my skill transferable to another agency?

Are there any skills not taught by this agency?

Will my certification require certification dives?

How many certification dives are required?

Will I be certified to dive autonomously or only under direct supervision from a dive professional?

Is any equipment required to be purchased?

What is the transfer process from junior diver to autonomous diver?

Ask the instructor if they are affiliated with a dive shop or are independent...

Does the instructor pay their own insurance or does the shop?

Do you get an hourly wage, commission, or salary?

Will anyone be assisting in the training and what are their qualifications?

How long has the instructor been diving?

How many dives have they logged?

Where have they done most of your diving?

What other qualifications do they have?

If the dive shop offers training from various training agencies, what standards are followed?

Does everyone pass?

If a student doesn't pass, what happens?

Learn to dive for yourself, not be pressured into learning for another...

Who's the Barber, here?

Will the student get an opportunity to do a dive with just their dive buddy after completion of the last cert dive?

Are you building a dive community that I can be a part of?

What is different between the Junior Diver and Autonomous Diver programs?

How many children will be in the water at any one time when teaching Junior Divers?

Open Letter to the Dive Community Concerning Sund Rock Dive Beach

AN OPEN LETTER FROM CINDY SUND ABOUT SUND ROCK, HOODSPORT, WASHINGTON...  #scuba #SundRock #hoodsportWA #PugetSound #PacificNorthwest ht...