Sunday, March 8, 2015

Videos of the 2015 Connecticut Special Olympics Penguin Plunge at Hammonasset State park, Madison Ct.

 The 2015 Special Olympics Penguin Plunge at Hammonasset state park in Madison, Ct.  was a great success yesterday!  Some of the staff from Diver's Cove dive shop in Essex were there as safety personnel to help make sure everyone had a great time freezing! The air temperature was about 27 degrees, with a nasty wind. and the water was actually below freezing at 31 degrees. We were in the water for about 25 minutes, and the longest plungers were in the water for 30 seconds! Im certain we were warmer than they were in our drysuits.

I will be uploading a bunch of videos of the plunge from the perspective of the safety divers in the water. Be sure to find yourself in the video's and  comment on and share them with your friends! the more the word gets out the bigger the event will be next year!!
Check them all out, there are a couple different camera angles, so you may be in more than 1. Feel free to share them as well , and if you like them, please give them a thumbs up! it helps.






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Monday, March 2, 2015

Connecticut College Spring 2015 Basic Scuba Class

We had a great first class on scuba this week. Everyone learned to clear their mask, recover their regulator second stage and use their buoyancy compensator.  Its a great class and everyone did well. this is going to be a great class!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

GoPro Cameras, and Great accessories to use for travel, diving, and exploring the world.

    Anyone who leads an active life knows that it's not about the destination, it's about the journey. I love being an explorer, whether it is diving with hammerhead sharks in Egypt, exploring underwater caves in Belize, or searching for megladon shark teeth in the alligator infested waters of South Carolina rivers. One piece of equipment I always include with my gear is my go-pro. The small size makes it perfect for mounting on a helmet, the Go-Scope extreme pole, or just throw it in a pocket and roll.
Go-pro, hero, gopro4, gopro3+, gopro3, gopro silver, scuba diving mexico, cave, cliff, jumping
Notice the Go-Pro in hand for the Leap!
    "Intro to the Go-Pro" is my favorite class to teach at the dive shop, Divers Cove, because the camera is so easy to use I can show someone how to work the camera in 15 minutes and then get right to the fun stuff like tips on how to use it! It's so simple to use once its set up and you have a little practice you will be filming professional looking videos right away. It's so simple that I often wear it on a head strap when I scuba dive, I have to run it, change settings and film with out being able to see the camera at all. And it's a piece of cake! It only has 3 buttons, and makes a series of beeps that are easy to use to navigate the settings and use of the camera The best thing is that it's on my head so it sees every thing that I see and leaves my hands free to do things like grab a lobster! 

Check out this little video of a large lobster I came across while diving (no lobsters were harmed in the filming of this video) 


    It's nearly indestructible, I have used my go-pros on countless dives, and know hundreds of people who use them in all sorts of different applications. I have never seen one destroyed or flooded in normal use. I have been present at thousands of hours of filming underwater, sometimes as many as 18-20 cameras in the water, and never have seen or even heard of one flooding. About the best testament I have seen is a video from a go-pro strapped to a sky diver who lost it as he left the plane. It fell about 10,000 feet while still filming, and landed on the drop zone intact. and was found by random chance by a skydiver who walked over it a few minutes later. STILL RECORDING. it is an awesome video clip.







gopro hero, inexpensive gopro
Goscope, Go-pro


GoPro 4 Black


Micro SD card








Saturday, January 10, 2015

A New Year Dive! (almost)

    Today we are heading to Essex Connecticut to get in the water. Its a bit on the chilly side, Air temp is about 30 degrees and the water is a couple degrees warmer. Essex is a very old town on the Connecticut river and there has been activity here since the 1600's. It was a major shipbuilding hub early on and there are not many properties on the river that haven't been host to the construction of a sailing vessel. The British raided the town in April of 1814 Burning and sinking nearly 30 ships at a devastating cost. The dive site we are going to be checking out is right  downtown, so who knows what will be found!



 The diving in the river is at best murky, and normally 1-2 feet of visibility. so we will be using touch to see what can be found. And there not be any videos posted. Chocolate milk looking water does not make for a good video.  We will all be wearing drysuits to stay warm, and keep us protected.  I am also wearing my new Ocean Reef full face mask to help keep my face warmer as well.


Update! Im back from the river, and from the lead photo you can tell it was bitter cold. we spent about a half hour underwater, and came up with some cool bottles. my favorite is this bowling pin bottle from the early1900's very cool!