On Sunday, May 28, 2017, I logged my 100th dive. It also happened to be the 1 year anniversary of my open water certification. That’s 1 dive every 3.65 days on average. 2016/2017 were quite a ride. Dive #100 was a nice easy one at Philips Outdoor Center, the place where it all started.

A lot changed in 2016/2017. I completed 4 additional certifications (advanced 2 and 3, nitrox, and dry suit). I was perusing my logbook a while ago and reminiscing. Some dives were easy. Some of were difficult. All of them were good experience.

Today’s post is a few fond memories of dives from then. There are many more, these are just a few highlights that stand out. First, we present 2 videos. The very first underwater video I shot on my first dive as a certified diver, and a highlights reel of my 100th dive.

100th Dive

1st Video as a Certified Diver

  • During my first checkout dives, I lost a weight pouch on my way out of the water. Total newbie mistake. What I remember was the look of pain on my instructor Ryan Plummer’s face as he went to retrieve it. He was diving a drysuit that day and rather seriously needed to head to the outhouse. Now that I am rocking a drysuit, i truly sympathize.
  • My first dive as an official diver. An outing with Tami Leaird-Connelly at Philips Outdoor Center. She introduced me to the friendly fish and took me on a tour. She took good care of the newbie diver that I was. Also my first underwater video came from this dive.
  • It was my first Delaware divers outing a day or 2 after my first dive with Tami. A scant 2 weeks after certification. Tami took me (and Cam, but that’s a story for another time) on a rather brisk trip around Philips Outdoor Center. 26 minutes to complete a circuit. That’s fast.
  • My first night dive. 4th of July dive club meeting. I logged several dives that weekend and was exhausted. The night dive was during the fireworks show. I planted myself on a boat at 12 feet to watch the show. I’m fairly certain I fell asleep. It’s still the record for my lowest air consumption rate.
  • The natural features navigation dive of my advanced Cert. A circuit of the quarry. The visibility on the back wall was so bad that the only way we could navigate was by following the shadow line. Keeping to one side of the darkness