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2012-04 (Apr) YMCA Checkouts 2






March 26th & April 2nd, 2012 (NAUI Openwater Checkout Dives)-YMCA Class

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March 2012 NAUI Scuba Diver Course check out dives.  These are photos and video from the checkout dives at Hudson Grotto and Hospital Hole.  The group was so big we broke them into two sets of checkout dives.  Excellent visibility in Hudson Grotto and great dives at Hospital Hole.  Congrats Kim & Darryl!


2012-04 (Apr) March Checkouts @ Hudson Grotto























2012-04 (Apr) March Checkouts @ Hudson Grotto 2












2012-04 (Apr) March Checkouts @ Hospital Hole






March 2012 YMCA Checkout Dives























March 24-25, 2012 (NAUI Openwater Checkout Dives)-YMCA Class

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March 2012 NAUI Scuba Diver Course check out dives.  These are photos and video from the checkout dives at Hudson Grotto and Hospital Hole.  The original plan was to go in the Gulf on Sunday but Mother Nature didn't want to cooperate.  Great students and we even got a nice visit from a young female manatee.



2012-03 (Mar) YMCA Checkouts Hudson Grotto
























2012-03 (Mar) YMCA Checkout Weeki Wachee






2012-02 (Feb) Advanced & Nitrox Course






February 20th, 2012  (NAUI Advanced & Nitrox Checkout Dives)

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February 2012 NAUI Advanced & Nitrox Checkout Dives.  These are photos and video from the 2 day course that had students conduct classroom sessions in the AM followed by dives in the PM and following morning.  Saturday dives were at Hudson Grotto.  The navigation and Search & Recovery Dives were conducted on Nitrox followed by a spectacular night dive to 60+ feet.  Sunday morning found us at Hospital Hole where we ventured to 92 feet.  Great job to Aaron, Dave, and Paige!





2012-02 (Feb) Nitrox & Advanced Dives at Hospital Hole 1
























2012-02 (Feb) Nitrox & Advanced Dives at Hospital Hole 2







2011-10 ‎‎(Oct)‎‎ YMCA Checkout Dives








October 23rd, 2011 (NAUI Openwater Checkout Dives)-YMCA Class

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October 2011 NAUI Scuba Diver Course check out dives.  These are photos and video from the 2 days of checkouts at Hudson Grotto.  The original plan was to go in the Gulf on Sunday but Mother Nature didn't want to cooperate.  Great job Kim and Chris and congratulations on getting certified.





2011-10 (Oct) Hudson Grotto

























2011-09 (Sep) YMCA Checkout Dives







September 2011 (NAUI Openwater Checkout Dives)-YMCA Class

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September 2011 NAUI Scuba Diver Course (YMCA) check out dives.  These are pictures and video from our September YMCA class checkouts at Hudson Grotto on the first day of dives.  For the second day of dives, we went to a new ledge in the Gulf of Mexico called Mark-Chad.  Beautiful ledge loaded with massive schools of bait fish (Check out the videos below)  Amazing!  Congrats Aaron and Kelly for a job well done!



2011-09 ‎(Sept)‎ Mark-Chad Ledge 1


























2011-09 (Sep) Mark-Chad Ledge 2





2011-07 (Jul) YMCA Checkouts






July 2011 (NAUI Openwater Checkout Dives)-YMCA Class

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July 2011 NAUI Scuba Diver Course (YMCA) check out dives.  These are pictures and video from our July YMCA class checkouts at Hudson Grotto on the first day of dives.  For the second day of dives, we went to a shallow (25ft) ledge in the Gulf of Mexico called Grove.  The students were treated to a real treat with 3 turtle encounters and one of the largest Goliath Grouper I have seen in recent years. Huge congrats to Matt, Dominique, and Robert.  You guys were amazing!



Grove Ledge 1 Dive Start


Grove Ledge Turtle Encounter 1






































Grove Ledge Turtle Encounter 2







Grove Ledge Tomtate Grunt School






2011-07 ‎‎(Jul)‎‎ Private Checkouts







July 2011 (NAUI Openwater Checkout Dives)-Private Class

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July 2011 NAUI Scuba Diver Course (Private) check out dives.  These are pictures from a private class checkouts at Hunter Springs (Crystal River) on the first day of dives.  For the second day of dives, we went to King Spring in the Crystal River Estuary.  Evan and Ethan were amazing and did an excellent job in cold, clearish water!














MArch 2011 Openwater Checkout Dives






March 26th & 27th, 2011 (NAUI Openwater Checkout Dives)

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March 2011 NAUI Scuba Diver Course check out dives.  These are pictures from the YMCA class checkouts at Hudson Grotto on the first day of dives.  For the second day of dives, we went to Hospital Hole in the Weeki Wachee River.  Will and Jordan did an excellent job!





March 2011 Openwater Checkout Dives Day 1

























March 2011 Openwater Checkout Dives Day 2





March 2011 Advanced Diver Class




March 19-20th, 2011

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March 2011 NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver Course check out dives.  These are photos and video from both days of checkouts at Hudson Grotto and Hospital Hole in the Weeki Wachee River.  Both sites are ideal for Advanced Scuba training dives.  At Hudson Grotto, we did Search & Light Salvage/Dusk Dive as well as a night dive.  Abby, visiting from Oklahoma, did the first tour of the site before we began the cert dives.  Paige and Dale followed with salvage and Night Dives.  Day two found us all at Hospital hole were we visited the debris cone (a common cone-shaped pyramid of silt found at the bottom of most suberged sink holes) of Hospital Hole at 95 feet.  We followed up that dive with some serach patterns and bearing runs using our compasses. Both days' dives were very good.  Congratulations to Paige and Dale on completing their Advanced Scuba Diver Course.


Abby Speed

























March 2011 Adv Diver Dives - Night Prep











March 2011 Adv Night Dive w/ Buddha Crab

























March 2011 Adv Dive - Day 2 Hospital Hole



























February 2011 NAUI Openwater Checkout Dives





March 5th, 2011

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February 2011 NAUI Scuba Diver Course check out dives.  These are photos and video from the 1st day of checkouts at Hudson Grotto.  Despite the 68˚ water temp and the dirty looks from Paige, the dives were very good.  Visibility was much better at the 30ft line but it was colder than at the platform. Congratulations to Leo and Cardell.



February 2011 NAUI Openwater Checkout Video



January 2011 Manatee Dive Pics

























January 9th, 2011 Manatee Dive

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2011 Manatee dives. We do a manatee dive every year and are always amazed by the connections we make with the manatees.  This year was no different despite the 39˚ air temperature.  This dive was dominated by mothers and calves that were more than happy to learn about scuba divers. These are photos and video from the dives in the Weeki Wachee river.  This year the site was also filled with some very large Jacks and sheepshead.



January 2011 Manatee Dives 1



January 2011 Manatee Dives 2


January 2011 Manatee Dives 3



























October 2010 Naui Scuba Diver Checkout Dives








October 17th, 2010 (Updated)

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October 2010 NAUI Scuba Diver Course check out dives.  These are photos and video from the 2nd day of checkouts at Hudson Grotto.  Ciara did a fantastic job navigating through the Witch's Tree and around the Grotto.  First day of dives was in the Gulf at Jack's Hole and for the second day of dives, we went to Hudson Grotto. Congratulations Ciara!




October 2010 OPW Checkout Dives - Hudson Grotto







October 2010 Advanced Class Checkout Dives






















October 17th, 2010 (Updated)

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October 2010  NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver Course check out dives.  These are pictures and video  from the advanced class checkouts at Hudson Grotto for our deep and navigation dives.  It was dark and 53˚F when we started so the water actually felt pretty good. Congrats to Chris and Heather for finishing up their Advanced Certification!



October 2010 Advanced Diver Checkout Dives - Hudson Grotto









August 2010 YMCA Checkout Dives - Hudson Grotto Day 1



















July 28th & 31st, 2010 (Updated)

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August 2010 NAUI Scuba Diver Course check out dives.  These are videos from the YMCA class checkouts at Hudson Grotto on the first day of dives.  The tanins were out of control.  For the second day of dives, we went to Hospital Hole in the Weeki Wachee River.



August 2010 YMCA Checkouts - Hospital Hole Day 2




July 2010 YMCA Class Checkouts - Gulf of Mexico/Hospital Hole
























July 28th & 31st, 2010 (Updated)

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July 2010 NAUI Scuba Diver Course check out dives.  These are pictures are from the YMCA class checkouts at Grove Ledge and then Jack's Hole (both in the Gulf of Mexico) on the first day of dives.  For the second day of dives, we went to Hospital Hole in the Weeki Wachee River.

July 2010 YMCA Checkout Dives - Hospital Hole


July 2010 YMCA Checkout Video - Gulf of Mexico
















































July 2010 Private Class Checkouts - Hudson Grotto





July 17th-23rd, 2010

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July 2010 NAUI ScubaDiver Course check out dives.  This private class started on Saturday with pool work and classroom thru Wednesday, followed by checkouts at Hudson Grotto on Thursday & Friday.

July 2010 Checkout Video - Hudson Grotto Day 1



June 2010 Checkouts - Grove Ledge

























June 26th, 2010

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June 2010 NAUI ScubaDiver Course check out dives.  On Saturday we dove two different parts of Grove Ledge.  It was the first time we have ever dove the second section.

June 2010 Checkout Video - Grove Ledge #4








May 2010 Checkouts - Grove Ledge & Hospital Hole



















May 22nd, 2010

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May 2010 NAUI ScubaDiver Course check out dives.  On Saturday we dove Grove Ledge, off of Sea Pines in the Gulf of Mexico.  On Sunday we dove Hospital Hole in the Weeki Wachee River.  On both days we had very large visitors.  Check out the pics and videos to see.

  

May 2010 Goliath Grouper




















May 2010 Hospital Hole Manatee




























2010 Chassahowitzka River Dive





April 10th, 2010


Some really cool solution tubes and a small cave with an opening at either end.  Very pretty but small and shallow.









2010 Rescue Diver Course



March 28th, 2010


Rescue Diver Weekend at Hudson Grotto.  Cold, dark, deep, with no vis.  Perfect for Rescue scenarios.












March 2010 YMCA Checkout Dives - Hospital Hole