Blackbeard’s 2013 by Troop 10

My eldest son put together the presentation for the Troop.  Great Job Jeremy!!!

Special Thanks to everyone who contributed!!!

  • Spencer & Steve
  • Greg, Tim & Sean
  • Ben & Brian
  • Todd & Kyle
  • Hunter & Harrison
  • Brandon!!
  • Chris & John
  • Cameron & Rob
  • Jeremy, Sean, Rob
  • Nick  & Chris
  • Maurice!!!

I can’t wait to go back.  Everyone on our Crew made this trip worth remembering!!!!!

Thanks to the crew too!!! on the Pirate’s Lady.  Nate, Byron, Sam, Wenis, & Carlos!!!


This was SUCH a wonderful trip.  I truly can’t wait to plan something new, sometime soon.



Moonlit Night in the Exuma’s


A lot of the newer and more experienced divers did transition (dusk to dark) and night (completely dark) dives.

Beyond the “duh” it’s dark dummy, night dives are more complex than day diving.  Yes it is dark, but you also have a harder time navigating from here to there.  Proper equipment is a MUST not just a suggested option.


  • A small tank light.  This is attached to your tank or back.  It is a small flashing red light.  In case the diver becomes incapacitated or his main lights go out, other divers and potentially rescue persons have a better chance in finding you. tank lights
  • A large hand held pistol grip light.  This larger light lets you see where you are going.  It helps to illuminate the fish and the corals.  Most of the lights are white light so the critters tend to avoid you if you have one.  To overcome this, divers have begun to use blue bulbs to be less invasive.  They even make filters for your goggles so that the diver sees only the illuminated area.  Pretty slick.  Check out Brian.  He has a light on his hand and the filter on his mask
  • A back up Light.  Yes divers have redundant systems.  Don’t go in the water with all your systems working.

IMG_2523Watching the divers go into the water is fun no mater the time of day.  They drop off the boat, give the OK safety signal and down the go!


Most dives last 30-60 minutes.  Once the sunlight escapes the sky, the divers glowing orbs appear under water as they search for critters.  Often, divers will loose sight / touch of each other, so you see the lights spinning around as they do a 360 search for their buddy.

With the moon light and the glowing balls of light below, the water dances and looks alive.

DSCF3104 DSCF3105The moon light through the clouds is beautiful.

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Vacation (maybe work) Hangover

Definition Hangover:       hang·o·ver  (hngvr) n.

1. Unpleasant physical effects following the heavy use of alcohol.
2. A letdown, as after a period of excitement.
Most normally, anytime we talk about “hangovers” we are talking about the negative affects of the night before’s revelry.  Vacation hangovers follow the 2nd definition more closely.  Coming home from a terrific vacation is always a let down.  Getting reengaged with work is extremely difficult.
My best antidote for Vacation Hangover? either 1) plan a new vacation 2) spend lots of time sifting through photo’s trying to decide which sunset night you miss most (well all of them!!!)
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Scary Plane – Bahama’s

as promised . . .

Before every dive, Sam gives her dive briefings.  Day 2 put us at Scary Plane.

Sam - Dive Master

We were anchored next to a crashed, 80’s era, drug plane.  Story goes, that the pilots were in the process of getting help (read caught), so they quickly dropped to a low altitude and dumped their cargo. When they were pulling back up, a wing clipped the water surface, the plane cartwheeled and found a watery grave.

The general location of the plane was noted, but in the wild open big blue, it is hard to pin point wreck sites.  Several previous crew members spent months looking for the site and when they founded it they recorded the GPS coordinates.  Now Blackbeard’s uses the site as one of their novice dive sites.  On one side of our anchorage, there is nothing but grassy bottom.  Go 10 degrees off the bow and you get Scary Plane.

Just like normal teenagers, the Scouts were most interested in what type of drugs were lost and if there were still any dead body parts stuck in the plane.  Sam, not skipping a beat, declared that the drugs were “the bad kind and that all body parts not originally picked up by the coast guard were already eaten by the local inhabitants.”  Go Sam!!

All us open water trainee’s completed our certification at this site!  Go Team!

For all you geeks that want the stats . . . Depth 20 feet;  bottom time 31 minutes; Water Temperature 79 deg

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Shell Haul

Rules of the road.  You CAN NOT SCUBA and pick up things off the bottom.  PERIOD.  DO NOT PASS GO. Perhaps go to Jail.  So leave them on the bottom.

Sooooooo, if you do want to shell, you actually need to free dive.  One breath.  Fins.  Kick. Equalize ears.  Go down further.  GRAB shell.  Surface fast.  BREATH O2!!!!!!

If you do bring the shells home.  Put into a solution of water and bleach in the sink.  Takes care of all of the STINK.

IMG_2626the big one IS a Conch.  We were in the Exuma’s/  On Iguana Island.  Relative depth 17-20 feet depth.

PS.  shells stink until you clean them.



Blackbeard’s Cruises

Hard to believe that a year’s preparation is now done.  Just last August, Team Day responded that all four of us would do the Blackbeard’s scuba trip with Troop 10.  Beyond shelling some ducats, this meant, scheduling vacation time, getting pool certified, finding gear that fit Big Tree, doing online training, etc etc etc.

Below is a photo of our last morning in Nassau on Pirate’s Lady.  We had such a wonderful time.  I can’t wait to share all our pictures with you over the coming weeks.

ImageA special thanks to our crew.  Captain Nate.  First Mate Byron, Machinist/Engineer Carlos, Dive Master Sam, and last but certainly not least Wenis, the greatest goddess of a cook the Bahama’s has ever seen.

Our Troop 10 Family was also terrific.  So proud of everyone!!!  Well Done All in deed.  Cameron, Rob, Chris, Nick, Rob, Jeremy, Sean, Todd, Kyle, Greg, Sean, Tim, Brandon, Harrison, Hunter, Brian, Ben, Steve, Spencer, John, Chris, and our Dive Master Maurice.