Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Diving Pebble Beach-Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Since I became PADI Dive certified just a little over a year ago I have to say that I found a completely new past time I love. Diving. It's peaceful, it's always different under water, you never know what you'll see next. It's truly, a whole new wold. I had many moments where anxiety took my breath away and therefore the air in my tank. That had to be frustrating for my dive buddies-- could be why they stopped calling me to dive with them, hmm. Well I am not as afraid anymore, I am so much better on air conservation then I was last year and my new passion is taking underwater pictures.

I only have a little camera, nothing fancy. I have an Intova CP9 if that means anything to anyone out there and it takes OK pictures. Visibility helps and of course if the creatures stop moving for a second while I take their picture. One of these days I'll get the settings just right and show off great shots. For now, I'm just happy to have something to show the kids when I surface.

This year I finally convinced Michael to get certified and now he is the one addicted. He would go everyday if he could. We have been on several dives together. Off a boat, shore, and bay side. Sometimes we get lucky and the visibility is incredibly clear and other times not. Like I said, it's a whole new world out there and its always an adventure.

This week Emily began her certification class. It's part of making her senior year the best she can and I think adding this to her bucket list will make her feel so accomplished. I mean, not many kids can say they've been diving in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

This is Pebble Beach... doesn't look like much from this angle but it is a nice little beach, perfect for the kids, get some wave action and it has some sand, not just pebbles.

Enjoy. Until next time.

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  1. Hi! I am a young adult working for the CYP programs at MWR and there is an opportunity that has arisen in which the Naval Base in Cuba is in need of employees to come & assist with training new employees. I am interested in the trip, but as someone who has done little traveling alone and has never been away from home except for college - I am unsure of this adventure. Can you give me some background info on the base there? I see from your blogs that you have enjoyed your time there and it is safe [ which was a primary concern for me].
    *Are there other youth my age (early 20's)
    *How safe is safe?
    *Where is the prison in relation to the families on the base*
    *Am I allowed to leave the base at all ever?
    *How is the family life on that base?
    *Will I feel welcomed?
    *What if I miss home?
    *What are the youth centers like there?

    If you can email me back at cv04037@gulls.salisbury.edu that would be great! Or somdsenior08@md.metrocast.net

    *Incase I am unable to come across this blog again*

  2. Terie,

    Thank you for all you to for new comers.. You helped my transition to be a smooth one because I had a better understanding on what to expect here... Yup.... pretty much what I was expecting.. If your efficient, you can make things work better here..

  3. Hi

    I'm an advanced open water and rescue diver with near 130 dives in 3 to 4 years

    My next goal and dream to be achieved in diving would be to be able or/and to find a way to go diving in Guantanamo area Cuba

    One detail , I am Canadian , male , 47 years old.

    I also red in National geographic that the best place to dive is in the guantanamo area because cuban are forbidden to do any fishing. The Coral is exactly the same as in 1935 and is therefore a refference 100% coral reef in order to compare any other coral reef in the carabbean.

    Do you have any suggestions, refferences, diving center, etc that could help me make my dream come thrue ?

    Thank you for sharing info with me at luc_choiniere@yahoo.ca

    Dive is fun !