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The Oceaneer - Brainerd, MN USA 

Looking for Dive Buddies About Me:  I am both an ADCI certified commercial diver and a PADI rescue diver. I don´t understand the mindset of many in my profession. For some bizaar reason bordering on arrogance many fellow professionals I know can´t wait to get out of the water and have a cold one. They seem to detest the water. It is just where they have to go to do their job and they refer to those that actually like it as "scuba pukes"! I don´t get it and that is not me. When I am done working I can´t wait to go play in the water or plan my next recreational dive!
Favorite Dive Gear
Atomic Regulators, Kirby Morgan EXO mask, Scuba Pro Hyperthane Drysuit (why did they stop?)
Favorite Dive Locations
Florida gulf coast, Lake Tahoe, Dutch Harbor,Alaska, Lake Superior, and Lake Wazee (Black River Falls,WI)
Activities
Diving,Motorcycling,snowmobiling,automotive repair,reading,cooking,boating,gardening (vegatables),building things,did I mention diving?
Interests
history,technolgy,ecology
Favorite Music
ROCK & ROLL! I dig lots of different stuff,classic rock, oldies,heavy metal, easy listening, as long as it´s good, also love the blues, contemporary christian, and some country.
Favorite TV Shows
NCIS, Human Target, Caprica, Trauma, Mercy, Documentaries, etc...
Favorite Movies
Ironman, Dr.Zhivago, Valkerie, The Last Samarai, The African Queen, etc...
Favorite Books
Anything historical, naval, the Bible, anything by Clive Cussler
Favorite Quotes
"Don´t take no wooden nickels from anyone". My Grandpa.

The Oceaneer's Dive Slate

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I see you are into Naval history. Last year I was on the NOAA/Rutgers historical dive to the USS Monitor and will dive it again this summer. It is about 16 miles southeast of Hatteras Island.
Written by Karlos the Jackel on 4/5/2010
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We´d all love to see any pictures you may be able to get of diving the Monitor! What a fantastic opportunity!
Written by whoelsebutbob on 4/9/2010
Aside from some wrecks in Lake Superior dating from the early 20th century, I have yet to dive on much of historical significance. This is one of my goals. Maybe soon! At what depth does the Monitor sit? Was the visibility good? Any great photos to share?
Written by The Oceaneer on 4/9/2010
Without looking at my computer I would guess we splashed about 1100. Even thou were were 40 miles out with cloudless sky and flat seas we didn´t not run into the deep blue water and the Stream must not have moved inward yet. There was lots of particulate matter and millions of bait fish over the wreck which all made for a very dark dive. As for the sharks, North Carolina has some of the best shark diving in the country. My thermal protection is always a black wetsuit and this weekend a black dry suit. Don´t know if the color has anything to do with it, but diving a closed circuit rebreather really does. There are no bubbles so the sharks and other animals move in much closer to take a look. Ed had to bop one large shark on the nose with the reel as he got in really close. I thought it was a little early in the season for the big guys to come in, but I was wrong this year. Karle
Written by Karlos the Jackel on 4/5/2010
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Sounds like a dive that might scare many of us out of the water! What kind of Sharks were you sharing your day with?
Written by whoelsebutbob on 4/9/2010
I would like to thank everyone for accepting my dive buddy request! Nothing changes if nothing changes. I have travelled so much in the last year and a half. I always bring my recreational dive gear with. So many people I meet in the industry say the same thing, ´´ no pay, not getting wet.´´. Listen, I love to dive, it´s my thing, it´s what I do. I don´t ever want to lose that feeling! I have never got to do one fun dive on the road. Not one! I have to come home to do that and that seems just wrong. So my plan, meet new people, and people all over that I can realistically hook up with and get some bottom time just because!So on that note, welcome to my world and thank you for including me in yours!
Written by The Oceaneer on 4/4/2010
Just got home from the first ocean dive of the season. Dove the Hebe, 40 nm off Myrtle Beach. Freighter sunk after collision with the St Cathan. Water cold, 52 on the bottom with sl current. Viz about 10´, depth 110´. Lots of sharks and found 25 bottles till I was to cold and ran out of room for more. Dove my Evo ccr, buddy dove his rEvo. 68.40 min run time. Deco was painful being so cold. Great first dive of the season. Karle
Written by Karlos the Jackel on 4/3/2010
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Karlos, What are you wearing for thermal protection on dive like this in these locals? Also, you mentioned lots of sharks. I have heard some say ´´don´t wear all black because they are more likely to mistake you for something on the menu´´. I have heard others insist that bright colors grab their attention. What are your thoughts?
Written by The Oceaneer on 4/4/2010
I feel real guilty. I have been on the road working and have neglected dive buddies and not promptly answered any question asked. I just want to put it out there that this is rude of me and no reflection on anyone else. I apologize and will try to do better.
Written by The Oceaneer on 4/1/2010
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How dare you WORK and neglect your dive buddies? I mean, really now... letting LIFE get in the way? LOL It happens to the best of us!
Written by whoelsebutbob on 4/3/2010
Hi, I am the first one to write on your slate and I hope to provide you with a chance to go diving to the Caribbean sea, to see the first city in America, Santa Marta, at the foot of the tallest mountain in the tropic and a fortress build against the pirate´s attacks in Cartagena and dive along these two sites in the Colombian Caribbean, to do some spearfishing, photo, underwater video, wreck diving, etc., let me know the dates of your stay here to set you up and show you around, thanks
Written by costeno on 4/1/2010
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Sorry not to answer sooner but the work is taking my time ´cause I would like to be in the states by the end of the year, stay in touch maybe we could meet in the keys and sorkel or scuba together in a group, bye
Written by costeno on 8/5/2010
It would be a great pleasure, and it´s an honor to make your aquaintance. I would love to visit and will definately stay in touch.
Written by The Oceaneer on 4/1/2010

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