Memoirs of a scuba adventure – St Maarten

This was a pretty cool trip and an eventful one. My dive buddy and I were not really looking forward to this dive as we arrived just after hurricane Tomas hit the Caribbean so we soon realised that the ocean was going to be rough.

There were two small boats taking us out to the dive sites, one metal bottom and the other rubber. We darted quickly for the rubber one. Any diver thinking straight would realise that the rubber boat would absorb ‘some’ of the rough seas. There were some divers who have 500+ dives over 10+ years in the party who had never been sick on a dive who chose the metal boat…to their peril.

Aqua Lung Slingshot fins - Red

Aqua Lung Slingshot fins

When we submerged all was OK of course, the effects of the hurricane were only on the surface and you can tell because at one point I had to push myself away from crashing into the side of the boat. The waves were ROUGH!

The fins I use now are the Aqua Lung Slingshot fins, with gear change resistors for different kinds of dives/current. A top end fin in my opinion and excellent in performance even though they are quite large and heavier than expected.

The blue fins on the boat in the video belong my dive buddy (my wife).

Easy Shot Clip Mini Camera

Well worth the money.

The camera I used was the Easy Shot Clip mini camera, the same camera used during my St Thomas trip. You can charge it via your computer that’s what I like about it. It is compact, good enough quality and YouTube ready.

Anyway that’s enough of my talking. I’ll next post some videos on my dive in Madeira where we saw a Dusky Garouper about 5 feet long!



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