November Captain's Chronicles

November Captain's Chronicles

November 23, 2022 2 min read

Dry Gills / Seeing Red / Thanksgetting

Are your gills dry fellow divers?  Mine are brittle and desperately in need of a submersion in seawater! We are approaching two months without running a boat trip on the Psychquatic. The longest dry spell in almost 25 years for Scuba Marco. Ian was absolutely brutal to our water quality and clarity. Nicole’s little exclamation point didn’t help either. Can’t complain, we were ultimately very fortunate. Healing takes time! Patience is part of our motto… along with kindness, it’s always free. So let’s maintain our sanity (or semblance thereof) until that next submersion! Hang in there gills… good dives come to those who wait!

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Captain's Chronicles August 2022

Captain's Chronicles August 2022

August 25, 2022 3 min read

Dying Selflessness / The Honesty Policy / Man Overboard

Preface to my newsletter: Jessi and I have been dealing with more than our fair share of family matters here recently. I know many of you feel my sentiment! The time I’ve spent underwater recently is kind of like the water level in Lake Mead and Lake Powell… Severely low and in danger of not perpetuating energy. I may strap on a tank and jump in the nearest pool when I’m done writing.

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Captain's Chronicles July 2022

Captain's Chronicles July 2022

July 27, 2022 3 min read

Red Tide? / Thanks Sahara / Ocean Salvors

First let’s summarize local diving conditions recently. Viz: below average. Temperature: beautiful. Feel: wet and wonderful. Marine Life: abundant when you’re close to it.

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Captain's Chronicles May 2022

Captain's Chronicles May 2022

May 24, 2022 4 min read

Conflicted / Endangered Species / Goldilocks in Rehab / Anger or Depression?

Conflicted, in so many ways. Most of the time I wish I could collectively slap all of humanity in the face. I continually feel a strong sense of sorrow for how we have treated Mother Earth. I also feel a strong sense of sorrow that more of us don’t feel that same sense of sorrow. Maybe then we could repair the damage that we’ve inflicted. Human (nature) is a disease to which there seems no cure. Yet that same human nature can and does do amazing things for our Mother Earth. Take reef clean-ups and the upcoming Great Goliath Count for example (more info below). 

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Admiral's Chronicles April 2022

Admiral's Chronicles April 2022

April 28, 2022 2 min read

Jeff is off fishing, so Jessi is filling in this month.

Gratitude has been on my mind a lot lately. Our little ‘mom n pop’ dive shop has a lot to be grateful for this month. Even though it’s been a windy April we have snuck in several trips, even having 45+ foot of vis a couple of weeks ago. There have been many students and divers coming through needing equipment and we thankfully have plenty to outfit them with. We’ve met some really wonderful folks lately. Not to mention our AMAZING instructors guiding all these new divers through their certification journey. 
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Captain's Chronicles March 2022

Captain's Chronicles March 2022

March 24, 2022 8 min read

Comebacks, Reverse Psychology, Staying Positive 

Comebacks: are awesome, both in sporting events and in life. We are approaching the four year mark since 2018‘s merciless red tide impacted all the local marine life and devastated several species. Side note; after mentally weighing those opening lines I went back and reread my August 2018 Captain‘s Chronicle. I found it very interesting and consistent that I used the word ‘mercilessly’ to describe the red tide. I was in a very passionate place and it’s an interesting read so I will include it at the end of this newsletter.

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Captain's Chronicles February 22

Captain's Chronicles February 22

February 23, 2022 3 min read

Finally, Revitalize, Reminiscing

Finally: Clearing warming water! It’s been way too long since this thermally challenged body has immersed in the abyss. Another winter of rapid-fire cold fronts have drastically limited the number of diveable days in southwest Florida this year. 
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Captain's Chronicles January 22

Captain's Chronicles January 22

January 25, 2022 2 min read

Lessons From the Underworld, Embracing Diversity, U.S.A. to D.S.A. 

I’m drawing from past memories, not recent experiences because the opportunities to dive locally have been very limited in January. The cold fronts are set on rapid fire mode once again this year. One of the coolest things I love seeing on a dive is a healthy cleaning station. It amazes me to watch big grouper allow cleaner shrimp prance around their mouth cleaning their gum line. They look much more content than I feel while I’m in a dentist chair! 
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Captain's Chronicles November 2021

Captain's Chronicles November 2021

November 24, 2021 2 min read

Family, Fried Turkey, Nudibranchs

If there can be one day when we put our differences aside and just focus on the bounty and abundance that truly is our reality, let it be Thanksgiving!  Family doesn’t mean interconnected bloodlines it means the people in your life that you are closest to! 

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Captain's Chronicles October 2021

Captain's Chronicles October 2021

October 27, 2021 4 min read

Splotchy Water / Free Creamy Deliciousness / Change and Growth

I like the word ‘splotchy’, it sounds more watery than ‘patchy’ or ‘blotchy’. All of those words describe water clarity within 15 miles in the Gulf of Mexico recently. Not that we have a huge sample size of dives to base that on, but I did speak with Melody’s hubby Dan today who flies Collier’s med-evac helicopter. It’s very informative to get aerial reports from pilots that fly over the water, they can see the clarity from the sky far better than we can from a boat! 

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Captain's Chronicles August 21

Captain's Chronicles August 21

August 25, 2021 2 min read

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Captain's Chronicles May 2021

Captain's Chronicles May 2021

May 24, 2021 2 min read

One Fish Two Fish, Sticks & Stones, Under Pressure:

One Fish, two fish, small fish, medium fish, large fish. Those are the three size classifications for anyone doing the Great Goliath Grouper Count. It takes place annually the first two weeks of June throughout the state and divers are the force that gets ‘er done! I’m looking forward to meeting Mike Sippos, who in communicating with him, seems as cool as his job title is long. 

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