Seeing the diverse amount of wildlife while scuba diving is only half the adventure. There is something extremely interesting about shipwrecks. Regardless if they are fully intact or skeletons on the ocean bottom, they captivate my imagination.
Before I became a certified scuba diver, I was an aspiring photographer. I would spend my free time driving all over the rural countryside taking photos of abandoned buildings, homesteads, vehicles, and my favorite grave yards. They all presented a mystery to me . what stories would they tell if I could only hear them whispering. The history to be gathered from the architecture or in the case of cemeteries the dates of the dead. I have many albums filled with my shots of 1940’s vintage pickup trucks, some virtually intact, others in ramshackle pieces of their skeleton strewn about the ground on which they were forgotten. At this depth I was glad to have brought my personal dive computer.
When I started scuba diving, I was fortunate in that I was able to dive with a very seasoned group of divers and take part relatively early in my dive life on some very beautiful and challenging (for the beginner that I was) dives – including wreck dive sites.
The very first wreck I dove was the GB Church – a ship scuttled as part of the British Coloumbia artificial reef system. This freighter is located just outside of Sydney B.C. and is covered with a vast array of marine life. I recall when I first descended on this ship how amazing it was to see so much ‘stuff’ all in one place – schools of fish, crabs, starfish, anenomes and then there was the ship wreck itself – the history sitting on the ocean bottom. I knew I was hooked! I have been lucky to dive many wrecks from Barbados to Hawaii since then and am always looking to share my passion and Motive8 others to face their fears and amaze themselves.