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    January 31, 2017

    Restaurant That You SCUBA Dive To Opens In Belgium

    Sorry for lagging on the posts for the last few months.

    The weather has been pretty stormy and the conditions have sort of sucked, so I have been out of the water.

    I have other things going on, which I will make public at a later date, which has kept me from cage fight training; yes, I am getting fat.

    I may need to diet so I can fit back into my wet-suit.

    Anyway, I know six people heavily rely on this site to keep them informed on the latest SCUBA diving news, so on with the main story…

    A Belgium entrepreneur has come up with the gimmick of all restaurant gimmicks – a restaurant that you SCUBA dive to.

    It’s only 16 feet deep, so a macho person like me could just free dive to it, and it’s in the middle of a swimming pool, so there’s not much to see, but … why?

    From the article:

    Lowering themselves to the floor of the pool, an especially deep one built to train scuba divers, they swim to one end where their restaurant awaits, five meters (16 feet) below the surface.

    “The Pearl” is a two-meter wide white sphere tethered close to the pool’s floor. The diners jettison their weighted belts before swimming underneath and up into the pod that looks like a cross between a lunar landing craft and a giant spaceman’s helmet.

    SCUBA Restaurant
    Photo by: REUTERS/Yves Herman

    Food is served by expert scuba divers who deliver foie gras, lobster salad and champagne in waterproof cases before leaving the diners peering out of the portholes, enjoying the strange tranquility of eating in an air pocket, completely submerged.

    The entire article, with additional photos, can be found here:

    Belgian entrepreneur invites you to scuba dive to dinner

    I hope they take wet money!

    December 30, 2016

    Year End Post And Updates

    I have to say, this year sucked for me and SCUBA diving.

    I didn’t get into the water until July because of the weather and conditions, one of our main diving characters – Dennis Gunn – died in February, another has developed health problems, the opening night lobster boat was cancelled because the Captain broke his back and by the end of this year, I have logged seven dives.

    Seven dives – that is my total for the year and an all time record low.

    A big part of my diving problem after lobster season began was that New England Divers was in the process of moving and I was not able to fill my high quality Luxfer Aluminum tanks from the 1980s.

    Even though my tanks pass visual inspection and hydro, both Pacific Wilderness and Dive N Surf told me to never bring my tanks back in their shop again.

    Of course, Sports Chalet and Sea D Sea told me the same thing and both are out of business.

    As a matter of fact, I had to rent tanks when I went on my last lobster boat.

    And that reminds me, I caught only one lobster this year, too – which is still more lobsters than 2015, so I guess it’s not all bad.

    I have also put a deposit down on one of the most insane SCUBA diving trips by rational standards.

    This trip isn’t until July of 2017, but if you thought my diving trip to Albania was crazy, this next trip may just top it.

    Also in the news, Fukushima radiation has been detected on U.S. West Coast.

    Now, I don’t even go through the porno-scanners at the airport, opting for the metal detectors or a gate massage, so I will have to buy and bring a Geiger Counter and check radiation levels along with other diving conditions before I go in.

    Sorry for being a stranger, but I wish everyone a great and prosperous 2017 – unless you’re a terrorist or a Communist.

    One thing is for sure – 2017 will be a very interesting year.

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