Diving with Monsters

I am from Oklahoma and I am 14 years age. Just this summer I obtained my scuba certification for dives not going beyond 60 Ft in depth.

I got the certification in Gainesville, Fl and have done multiple fresh and salt water dives. All of them have been fun experiences, all save one. i was diving off of a reef in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

The water was very cloudy and there was a strong current. i was only with my dive partner who swore he never saw anything. As we were descending i Felt as if something was up though i convinced myself that i was just nervous. about half way through the dive i began to catch a glimpse of something out of the corner of my eye every so often but by the time i turned to look it was out of sight.

From the glimpses i caught of it it look as if it had a elongated neck and four similar sized flippers or fins.

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I was attacked by an aquatic monster

I was an adventurous kid, and I loved going spending time outside when I was younger. My brother was a supporting factor, since he would join me in my fun adventurers. I had a very loving and supporting family, which led to my father taking me on various trips, and one of them was a diving trip.

I lived up in British Columbia at the time, and it was an amazing place. It was mountainous, and tree filled, which made for an amazing sight and feel.

I also loved swimming, and had been swimming many times, whether it be at my cottage, or in a public pool.

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It couldn’t have been a shark

This happened last summer while I was on a diving trip with other certified divers my age.

This was fun, since we were all teenagers who needed something to do or something to get away from during the summer. We were all staying on a catamaran in the waters surrounding the Caribbean island of Saba.

Saba is known for its great efforts to prevent pollution of both their island and the marine park surrounding it. It was our second night there, and we were all excited to hear that we could go on a night dive.

Night dives are always creepy, because you can’t see much through the dark waters, except what your flashlight is shining on.

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Silent Cove

This is an entry about a trip I took in February this year, I would not write about a minor trip and can tell you my experiences were nothing less than completely bizarre.

Are mother is single and usually can not afford to take us on expensive vacations frequently. She is hardworking but wanted to find something that comfortable but not to costly. It took about an hour of browsing through TripAdvisor before she found something that fit our needs. Me and my brother were relatively low maintenance and were just happy to be going anywhere, are mother was very excited, much more than usual!

A week later we got on a spirit airlines plane trip, the hotel was called “el sol”, Spanish for “the sun”. We were flying from Maine and the hotel was in northern mexico so the flight was several hours long. In the middle of the flight I unbuckled my seat belt and walked to the bathroom in the back. As I  walked into the back area I saw a short man standing motionlessly. I thought he was waiting but realized there was nobody in the bathroom, what was he waiting for? ” Sir, its empty.” I told him but he only flashed a light smile. After the most awkward 10 seconds of my life I ignored him and walked in.

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Phantom in the Wreck

Allow me to give you some background on what I do and the region I am from. I work as a public safety diver for the local sheriff department. I recover anything and everything that goes into the water from airplanes and buses, to stolen firearms, jewelry, and cars to bodies of both people and pets. Outside of that job, I am an avid technical wreck diver. Us technical divers go far deeper than the average scuba diver. We have intense training, dive exotic gases (helium), and we run a much higher risk of something going catastrophically wrong. We cannot surface from 200ft as death and or something more debilitating will happen once we reach it. That means we are on our down there and carry everything we need on a single dive. We accept these risks as the deeper you go, the more pristine and intact the wreck becomes. There is no other feeling than being the first person to lay eyes on ship that has not been seen since she sank, and now you become part of her story.

The Great Lakes offers the best shipwreck diving anywhere in the world. The cold fresh waters preserves shipwrecks from the late 1600s all the way to to modern times. From wooden sailing ships that still look like they can sail away on the bottom, to massive steel freighters that you can’t believe were overwhelmed and sunk by a furious lake. The Great Lakes also has the highest concentration of shipwrecks per square mile than anywhere else in the world with an estimated 10,000 wrecks. That’s more than tenfold of what the legendary Bermuda Triangle holds and at less than 12th of the size. Lake Superior is the largest of the five lakes and also holds the title for deepest, coldest, and most isolated of all the others along with the fewest divable shipwrecks. The cold black waters holds many of her secrets and dead crewman as it is too cold for natural processes to bring them back up. As you can imagine many of these wrecks still hold their crew inside the hulls on eternal watch.

One such wreck is the steel package freighter the Kamloops. The Kamloops lies in on of North Americas most isolated regions… Isle Royale National Park. Isle Royale is seperated from the mainland by 50 miles of cold freshwater. Isle Royale is a lake divers dream as Lake Superior has yet to be ravaged by invasive species such as the zebra mussels that infest the 4 other lakes, which makes Isle Royale the most contended place to dive in the region. We leave Wendigo harbor and begin the 12 mile journey to the Kamloops. The Kamloops is Isle Royale’s deepest known wreck at a depth of 270ft. The day is covered by a thick fog which is caused by the cold 37° water and the warm air. This effect lasts from April to July and never lifts on calm days. This makes ambient light down at depth almost non existant. We use a mixture of helium and oxygen to allow us to have clearer heads as regular air becomes posionous below 200ft. The wreck lies less than 200 yards from shore and I am the first one in. As I begin my descent, I quickly begin to lose daylight, and at 100ft it is pitch black, but visibilty is great so I continue another 85ft down before I hit the stern rail. Upon reaching the stern I drop my stage bottles that contain my deco gases and my plan today was to penetrate the engine room, crew quarters, and the galley before turning around and heading back the way I came. I had heard that the body of the chief engineer that resides in the engine room had his head knocked off by an errant diver who did not know proper finning technique.

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