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  • Rebreather Diving

    Rebreather Diving EntryWith my fin tips hanging over the boat’s edge, I complete my final check, firmly hold my mask in place, and take a giant stride, plunging into the ocean. Senses heightened, I feel the temperate tropical waters surround me and the initial splash of water gives way to a silent world of blue. I drift slowly, descending through the water, pretending I’m free falling from the sky, but at a slow-motion speed until I come to rest on the beach-like sandy bottom.

    Looking around I see little mounds of white, fine sand, home to some fish or creature,  while dozens of garden eels peak their heads out of hiding, swaying like seagrass as far as the eye can see.  I’m soon surrounded by a school of hundreds of horse-eye jacks shimmering silver in the Sun’s penetrating rays. Fish pass within inches of me… Continue reading

  • Scuba Diving in Louisiana and Gulf Coast

    Scuba Diving Louisiana RigsScuba diving in Louisiana is alive and well.  I’m often asked… Where the heck do you go scuba diving in Louisiana?  Wow… are you kidding me!  Louisiana is home to some of the best scuba diving in the country.  Think about it… each one of the hundreds of oilfield platforms off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico is a huge vertical structure that extends from the bottom of the sea floor to the surface and beyond.  These structures are literally gardens of some of the finest artificial reefs in the world, all teaming with an abundance of life.  These reefs are home to hundreds of species of fish from entertaining Blennies that live in the barnacles to the larger fish like Amber Jack, Snapper, Grouper, Barracuda and even your occasional grey suited fish… the awesome Shark.  Add in the various crustaceans and some coral, and if you haven’t seen it, you will be completely amazed.  So yes there is diving here, and yes the diving Continue reading

  • “I can’t scuba dive because of my ears.”

    Yesterday a teenage boy and his mother came into Seal Sports to try on wetsuits for waterskiing. During their visit, the young man expressed his excitement to be around all of the neat equipment and see the scuba diving footage being played on the big screens. He said that he’d love to scuba dive but couldn’t because of his ears. After a few pointed questions, I learned that he had no past medical issues with his ears; that he simply thought that it would be impossible to scuba dive due to the pain that he had experienced in the past while snorkeling....

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