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Kevin from Irving TX | Scuba Diver

First, the site is too cumbersome to update Dive so my profile will probably say 53 forever but I just passed 200 in June 2019 after a three-year sabbatical during stage four cancer treatments. Diving is definitely different now from the anatomy changes and collateral damage of radiation, but, hey, I’m alive. I have to drink water (under water) [try that sometime] because saliva glands don’t function well anymore, but it makes for a good laugh with dive buddies. And Eustachian tube damage forces me to constantly watch my SPG because my ears can’t tell much now.

So, I Started diving in 1972 ...YMCA (SD), then Life happened when I graduated HS early and I forgot all about diving.

After a few brief tries to get it going again in 85, 93 (never lasting more than a year or two) and 2 trips in 04, I found a few friends through dive clubs and shops (now that we have internet) and went back to get OW Cert through NAUI in 2105 and just signed up for the EAN course.

So, I feel like I’m starting over, Again... yet, not really a beginner, Again. I am comfortable at just about any depth (when it’s warm) but there is nothing wrong with 30’-50’ dives. Learning/Education is always on AutoRenewal.

I hope to find a few good dive friends/buddies to stay in it the rest of my life this time. I don’t live in the Caribbean and while I would rather dive blue waters it seems the lakes are closer and I want to dive more that 1 or 2 times a year. So I guess it’s into the Muck... Aquarena Springs and Balmorhea I hear are nice lakes (or ponds).

Recently met a few SSI divers (instructors) in Weatherford, TX. - Mike, Yvonne and Brian ( MYScubaShopTexas ) really great people and a lot of fun.

So now that I’ve replaced all my gear (Again), it’s time to make up for lost time.

No long list of Certs but am YMCA (SD), NAUI (OW), Nitrox Diver (NAUI) and CPR/AED (2014).
UPDATE: Ok, Well, that sort of changed the last year and a half: After getting AOW then DM, I’m now Dive Control Specialist (SSI) or Assistant Instructor, so if you’ve got some skills you need to brush up on and advanced classes you’ld like to take, send me a message.

I’m a little goofy at times and adventurous but Always a more than Safe Diver. I won’t let anything happen to You and I SURE won’t let anything happen to Me. If you notice a hole in my box, that’s so I can get outside to THINK. Let’s Just Go Dive.


ScubaDabaDo - 6/20/2016 12:59 PM
Great, now can we educate the fishermen with trolling motors or even paddles to what a dive flag means and boating rules of keeping a 200’ distance away from them? I’ve had several dive buddies getting caught on fishing lures and one actually reeled in. The boater just laughed and mentioned all the bubbles coming up around his boat.
Smithsgold - 6/20/2016 3:10 PM
That would be nice !!
ScubaDabaDo - 6/14/2016 6:12 PM
After all the rains during the first week this month this past weekend was much better vis (18-20’) but still not quite the 30-35’ we had the last 2 months.

Water is warm. and it’s Time to Dive..... or get left behind. Needing refresher, or advanced skills honed? no better time like the present. Glen Rose is 80’ deep in places for Deep Diving certs.

Let’s Go Diving.....
ScubaDabaDo - 5/17/2016 6:13 PM
Absolutely, Bill. Real Wrecks..... a Piece of History.
Yes, again, wish they could all be in shallow waters.
They could have sunk the Oriskany about 70’ shallower (even though the bridge might need a flag on it to keep boaters from hitting it) as it is too deep to really appreciate how magnificent it is as it is 135’ to the flight deck and sitting on a 212’ Ocean Floor (Yes, it’s THAT Tall). Forget Nitrox... you’ll need a Helium tri-mix and (that’s 3 tanks) 149CF Steel and better bring lots of bright lighting. (What Were They Thinking?)
Also, I agree (to some extent) with your Philosophy about junk in the water. But SOME of it also functions as a playground for divers, making Practice Dives (they are all Practice Dives, aren’t they?) interesting and more enjoyable.... and actually a bit of a challenge... which makes them educational and actually honing ones skills....

As long as it is marked off and a different challenge than the other one we just passed 75’ ago (not just another bus) I think it can be a valuable tool for divers... And the Fish... but a bunch of junk down there for no reason is Just THAT.... an Underwater Junkyard.

You are a incredibly observant diver, Bill, and watching all the fish mistake you for another FISH is probably one of the greatest compliments one diver could give to another. I learn something from each dive and definitely learned things from you... and am sure I will again. We need to dive again soon.
ScubaDabaDo - 4/16/2016 2:30 PM
geez, how do you get images to show up on here?
BillParker - 4/16/2016 7:35 PM
You posted several so I think you got it.
ScubaDabaDo - 4/16/2016 7:53 PM
oh, ok, thanks. they don’t show up for me fro some reason. I’ll delete some.
Greg - 4/16/2016 11:26 PM
Sometimes you just need to refresh your browser.
ScubaDabaDo - 3/15/2016 1:57 AM
I made a 95% on the following quiz:
Basic Scuba Gear Quiz
ScubaDabaDo - 2/29/2016 4:27 AM
I made a 90% on the following quiz:
Rescue Diver Knowledge Review Quiz 1
ScubaDabaDo - 2/18/2016 2:24 AM
I made a 100% on the following quiz:
Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx) Scuba Quiz