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Richard and Ginnie are PADI certified, advanced divers since 1991. They were PADI certified at Akumal Dive Resort, in the Yucatan.
They've logged approx. 500 dives over the past 32 years.
Here are some of our recent experiences:
In January of 2022 they dove the reefs at Klein Bonaire and Bonaire with At The Waters Edge, a dive shop from Westfield, MA. After being out of the water (covid lockdown) for two and a half years, the week of diving in Bonaire helped to refresh their scuba skills.
In December of 2022, they traveled to the East End of Grand Cayman with their dive pals Gerri and George for two weeks of diving and u/w photography with Ocean Frontiers.
The four of them were already planning a 'once in a lifetime' trip to the Philippines with At The Waters Edge dive shop for May 2023.
It was a complicated trip to plan and we felt fortunate and happy to have the help in planning most of the logistics. We spent one week at The Exotic a dive resort on Malapascua Island, an hour by boat, off the northern most tip of Cebu.
The big draw at Malapascua is an almost certain encounter with Thresher Sharks in their natural habitat (no feeding involved). We were not disappointed. We saw multiple Thresher Sharks in the 5 dives we did on Kemod Shoal, each dive was nearly one hour long.
Kemod Shoal is where once a day (early morning), Thresher Sharks come up from their deep ocean home at 700' to a cleaning station at Kemod Shoal at 50-60' on top of the shoal. We were very fortunate because Thresher Sharks used to frequent another shoal, at 110', being so deep, the dives would only average 30 minutes of so.
Next we traveled by bus 6+hours in grueling Cebu-ian traffic to arrive at Kasai Village, a dive resort in Moalboal, on the west coast of Cebu. The diving wasn't great. But they do have the largest schools of sardines that you can imagine...and then some! I'll try and post a video or two if I can...
We spent 1 week at Kasai Village and on the Wednesday of that week we traveled by van to Oslob on the south east coast of Cebu to scuba dive with Whale Sharks. The sightings are guaranteed because they feed the young Whale Sharks bucket loads of krill. There were an obscene number of finless snorkelers flailing around at the surface, clinging to the pontoons of their boats. It was still an amazing experience to be in the water with Whale Sharks. Peak Life Experience that day!
Richard and Ginnie's scuba diving and u/w photography trips include numerous times to the East of Grand Cayman, diving with Ocean Frontiers, a couple of trips to Little Caymans famous Bloody Bay wall, a couple of trips to Cayman Brack,
Numerous trips to The British Virgin Islands, including Tortola and Cooper Island. Numerous trips to the Yucatan, first at Akumal, then further south and into Belize
A couple trips to Bonaire.
Then to Cozumel, St. Lucia, Harbor Island
and San Salvador.
Over the past 50 years of Internal Martial Arts practices, I have cultivated a profound connection to nature, above and below the sea.
I use my camera as a surrogate, attempting to capture what I see.
I focus on the magic I find everywhere in nature.
I hope my images help to raise your awareness of the oceans and the amazing creatures that live in it.
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