Just about a year ago, I had no idea that there were any Halloween-themed SCUBA activities. My friends at the Professional Association of Diving Instructors set me straight.
And for a second year in a row, PADI has clued me in to some great Halloween-themed SCUBA events. First up, we have a course to get certified as a Zombie Apocalypse Diver. Police Officer Woody Tinslow, who is also a part-time employee as a dive instructor at New England Ski & Scuba, devised the course. The curriculum for the course covers SCUBA diving basics along with zombie biology and history, and survival, search and recovery skills. Now, Iâ€™m not sure if Woody adheres to the Max Brooks â€œZombie Survival Guideâ€ for his information on zombie biology and history. But if heâ€™s taken his own approach, itâ€™ll be interesting to see his spin on a cultural meme with no sign of slowing down.“Um, does anyone else feel something chowing on their legs?”(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Next up, we have a nationwide Halloween-themed SCUBA event that follows one of my personal rules: If something is hard on dry land, do it underwater to make it even harder. Thatâ€™s right, an underwater pumpkin-carving contest.
This takes me right out of contention since my favorite jack-o-lantern carving tool is a Dremel (you should see the pumpkin guts fly when I go to town). Check out your local PADI dive centers to see if you can join the fun. Letâ€™s not forget that pumpkins are buoyant, so youâ€™d better have a plan for keeping that gourd from floating away. Bermuda Triangle, a brilliantly named PADI dive center in Greenville, SC, is just one of many places where SCUBA fans did some underwater carving. Bermuda Triangleâ€™s event happened yesterday, but watch for others in the coming days.
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