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    Inside the ‘Guardian of the Upper Keys’

    As I boarded our dive boat after guiding a father and son diving on the intentionally sunk wreck of the USCG Cutter Duane, a distress call came over the radio about a diver who had a problem while diving on the wreck of the USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32), a Thomaston-class dock landing ship that was...


    Brook’s totally excellent scuba adventure

    “Those colors are amazing. I wish more people could have a chance to see them,” said Brook Fullwiler who had just finished her first ever scuba dive. Brook and my son Scott were visiting us for a long weekend from Portland, Oregon. Later, back at our house in Tavernier after...


    Reasons abound for fearing the ocean

    Dawn had just broken and I was paddling my kayak back to shore. The early morning was still. I heard a mother on the beach singing to her young children.  The doves added harmony to the melody with their coos. The waves lapped gently against my boat. I totally was at peace. Like ...


    Colorado students help save Keys reef

    I felt like I was in a military operation. “OK, ‘blue’ team, after you descend form up at the bottom and I will lead you to the location,” the team leader intoned. Blue team, one of five teams designated by colors, performed a safety check of their gear and ...


    Cozumel: From Cortez the Killer to killer dives

    Drifting with a brisk current at 90 feet below the surface next to Santa Rosa Wall located near the south end of Cozumel Island, I feel like Peter Pan as I look down into the abyss. I effortlessly “fly” by a kaleidoscope of sights and, although I didn’t need Tinker Bell...


    Species like parrotfish help protect the reef

    While drifting along on a shallow ledge on Conch Reef, I spot a group of colorful parrot fish chomping away at algae and other growth on the coral. A bit farther I see a massive plume of white debris blast from the tail end of a large parrot fish. “What goes in must come out,” ...


    Protected Molasses Reef great for diving and snorkeling

    The captain gives the OK and the Finstermeister family from Iowa piles on the dive boat.  


    Think your equipment is ready? Check again

    Having been out of the water for a while, I was excited about diving again in a few days. Divers learn, but sometimes forget, that there are some important things to determine before they arrive at the dive boat. I call it my list of OKs. Am I physically OK? Am I emotionally OK? Is my dive...


    Hens & Chickens perfect for new and veteran divers

    It’s a beautiful spring day on the ocean.


    REEF preserves marine wildlife through education and conservation

    In 1990 three men  (Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach and Lad Akins), who share a love of the sea and a strong interest in protecting it and its inhabitants,  happened to be at the right place at the right time at the Atlantis Dive Center in Key Largo.

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