Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kayak Diving in Fort Lauderdale

We are so lucky!  Both Jim and I have the same #1 most favorite thing to do in the whole wide world.  Scuba Diving.  And our favorite way to scuba dive is off our Kayaks.  Fort Lauderdale is one of the few places in the world where this is so feasible, and it’s only a 15 minute drive from where we are.  The conditions do have to be just right though – you want a nice sunny day, and you want the ocean to be calm.  Paddling a kayak in the ocean is a workout, you don’t want to be fighting wind and waves.  So, we check the webcam from Fort Lauderdale beach just about every morning and, if it looks good we gotta go.  Unless of course, we have some actual appointments scheduled for that day.  Just having work to do doesn’t count.  We woke up Monday morning and saw this webcam image:


I actually like the ocean to be flatter than that, but this is doable, and the weather report was for the sun to keep shining all day and the wind to stay the same.  I had a lot of website work on my plate for the day, but I asked myself, “In a year from now what will I remember from today?  That I got my website work done?  Or that I went Kayak Diving!”  That is such an easy question to answer!  Also, it’s great exercise, and we need that.  There have been 2 days during January where we got wet!  The first time the water temp was 75, the second time it was 72 degrees.  It’s a good thing I found an old wetsuit of Mom’s to wear over mine – I prefer to limit my diving to water over 80 degrees.  I rack up extra ‘good wife’ points for going diving in January!

First dive – January 12


Jim caught 5 lobster that day.

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Next dive – January 27

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Those are the only pictures I took, and we didn’t take the GoPro with us diving this time.  It was a nice dive, Jim caught 2 lobster – enough for a good dinner!  And, we definitely got a workout since the wind and current took us a ways north and we had to paddle against the wind and the current in order to get back to the beach by our car.  If I had been exercising in a gym, I would have quit less than halfway saying, “That’s enough.”  But you can’t do that when you’re in a kayak in the ocean – you gotta paddle!  We made it and felt great.  Here’s a video from a previous dive that shows what it’s like.

By the way, if you’d like to learn how to make a video like that, you can do so with the videos on our website.  Movie Maker is one of the things we teach.  And, that’s how we make our living … y’know – that “Website work” that I didn’t get done because we went Kayak Diving!?  Anyway, you’ll find Movie Maker Tutorial Videos on our membership website:  The first 3 videos in each topic are free for anyone to watch, for the rest, you’ll need to become a member – and you’ll help make it possible for us to put fuel in the RV and to do things like go Kayak Diving!

Today we hit the road again because we are scheduled to give a seminar at Royal Coachmen RV Resort in Nokomis, FL, and then Riverside RV Resort in Arcadia.  It’s over on the west coast.  We had no idea that our RV would still be in the shop at this point, but it is.  So, we’re going to have to find a motel room rather than parking at the RV park.  BUMMER!

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