SWM, NAUI Advanced DIA diver - highly experienced - with 34+ years diving, and now with over 3000+ logged tank dives, and countless flipper freedives - as well as DPV assisted freedives - looking for a very passionate, currently active and fit SWF diving gal who´s positively a N/S (NO SMOKERS period!), and who takes diving seriously health wise. Age is open - as that is just a number to me, and "You are as diver young as you feel, and not as you look!". That´s my own diving motto btw, as if and when I consider myself too old to dive then that is my time to be buried at sea - LOL. I know that Jacques Cousteau felt the very same way with salth2o running through his own veins and gills no doubt - as the undersea world was his home, and he was ageless as far as diving was concerned. If you love to DPV scooter freedive as well as tank dive more often during the weekdays as well as the weekends - that is a big plus! Solo diving by oneself can get somewhat boring after awhile, but when you can´t find a good divemate then solo diving is the only way to go - been there - done that - less hassles that way sometimes. A great diving gal soulmate is so hard to find these days, as it´s way more fun with a long-term diving companion! I have extra Steel tanks, and a full-on custom built Gast oil-less hookah setup with the best of everything (see the Favorite Dive Gear section below). It´s still hard to believe that I´ve been diving for more than half my present day age now - logging in the sheer number of dives that I´ve dove to date (endless freedives as well), and yet had no bad underh2o encounters and live to talk about it. Now I wish that I had started my diving career even 10-15 years earlier than I originally had, but back then at that time there sure wasn´t a lot of great dive gear around to be had - Oh well. Unreal - I consider myself very lucky indeed, and I´ve also proved all those skeptics wrong about shark attacks as well. I love sharks and diving in their "shared" world! What they say about the chances of being hit by lightening is so true, and I also feel that it goes double for shark attacks as well - as by the very low number of reported shark attacks worldwide to date. My first earliest 10 years of diving saw me doing probably 85-90% all night dives, as I lived for night diving! Though it´s tapered down a bit since then I still live for night diving - as it´s just the BEST! Most gals hate night diving, but I think if I ever found one that truly loved night diving I´d take her on a favorite night dive to a very special dive site, and I´d ask her to marry me (and I might add - in a very romantic and special way that only I know of - as I thought of it first)! No kidding! How´s that for diving romance? You see things at night that you just can´t see during those drab day dives. Taking those night flash photos sure would be a challenge to say the least, but well worth it on a clear water dive. Maybe someday when I get a rebreather - you think? I´ve done Altitude tank diving at June Lake, CA (7600 ft), and Pine Flat Reservoir hookah diving at (~1000 ft). I´ve Ice dived in a WI lake using only a Wetsuit - an "extreme" short duration dive experience I´ve never forgotten (NO Drysuits were allowed, and this was not for the faint of heart - even though we did a HOT water flash right before hitting the freezing water!) The BBQ brats & beer afterward were fantastic! My deepest free-dive was made to retrieve (untangle from a horizontal ledge overhang) our boat anchor chain in roughly 150´ to 175´ of water - as guessed by the amount of anchor rope (plus 25´ of anchor chain) we had laid out. Believe me it was DEEP!! Warm h2o CAT sail/dive destinations to the Dry Tortugas, Bahamas, Exuma, Dominica, and beyond are still the greatest, as ice-cold water diving is all but a thing of the past now. I still kept my fairly brand new AquaFlite plush (2-piece) 7-mm wetsuit (see details in Fav Dive Gear section) for deeper water Atlantic Ocean dives, but I mostly use my Victory brand full 3/2 all-Black smoothie surf suit for tank diving most everything else shallower in warmer local waters, which also includes DPV scooter free-dives. I love to spearfish fresh fish only just what I need for a days BBQ dinner, as I firmly believe in fish stock management. I´m totally against Mexico & Japan´s senseless slaughter of sharks just for the fins!! I also love pier & deep-sea fishing, and follow the same conservation guidelines as to Catch & Release when the BBQ dinner catch is obtained. I love to go beach clamming, as well as shallow h2o clamming, love freediving for Stone Crab claws, love freshwater free-diving for crayfish, and of course I love ocean bug diving! I can cook for you too (and I´ll even do the dishes afterwards) even if you hate the kitchen cleanup chores! Did I mention I´m a GREAT COOK, as well as a great outdoors BBQ seafood/veggie cook as well? Fresh caught BBQ fish fillets are one thing, but I really love steamed or BBQ grilled Salmon & veggies! Maybe even BBQ grilled scallops or oysters on the 1/2 shell? Grilled BBQ butterflied shrimp are out of this world too! OR - If you prefer a great tasting BBQ marinated steak with grilled veggies & baked potato instead - then no problems there as well, as I can grill that up to perfection just as well. I love to cook for my soulmate! I also make a killer oven-baked seafood pineapple pizza - thick or thin crust. Now I´m working on making that very same pizza version only outdoor BBQ style this time, and the hard part will be the indirect baking/grilling part - as related to the shorter cooking time, and the smoke chips and heat range (I´m working on it and it´s getting closer now!). On boating raft-ups they always make me the designated BBQ Chef - I wonder why? Mmmm! I love to sail, deep-sea fish, and camp out under the shooting stars on a crystal clear summer´s night. Nothing better then laying on an air mattress looking up and watching the shooting stars on a crystal clear night. Perfect way to end a long days diving and camping activities. I come with a full set of camping gear as well, and I just recently upgraded my older 2-person severe/extreme weather "smaller" tent to a much "larger" Coleman tent for more room inside. Now I wish I had spent a few more bucks on the next biggest one with the added screen room and the attached shower room (for more privacy). Beings FL has so much secluded outdoors camping and diving access areas those added tent features would sure come in handy. At least they can always be bought separately and added later on. Because FL has no really high altitude mountains like CA had, I finally decided that I had no real need for my older cold weather tent anymore, and it served me (actually us - my now ex steady diving gal soulmate out there in CA that is) well over the years. Lots of good memories in that old tent that´s for sure! Oh well. I love creature features, and now I even have a nice high wattage Gennie to supply 110VAC if needed for my soulmate - that is - if she so wishes a few extra comforts of home while roughing it! Like a HOT h2o powered steam/shower and powered Porta-potty just for starters. Who needs an RV right? I aim to please. RV´s sure are nice though, and I wouldn´t mind having one, and taking one down to the Keys sometime - dive boat in tow of course! Love to give and receive long Almond Oil full-body & isolated deep tissue back massages, as I would also hope that my LTR diving gal soulmate would reciprocate as well. Love working out on my Chuck Norris Total Gym 2000, as well as doing timed breath holds in any pool that I can get my gills into! I also like to keep my lung Cap in tune by doing daily resistance breathing with my home made lung exerciser that I inexpensively custom made from a better quality hard bodied USD LUXE snorkel mouth piece along with revamped fully adjustable & calibrated intake and exhaust ports. It works way better than just great, and I´m even thinking about making a few more for diving friends of mine, as they are now twisting my arm after seeing mine. Oh well. I try and stay active in Hatha & Kundalini YOGA for mind - body & soul, and now I´m practicing TAI CHI as well, plus doing relaxing things in-between dives. What I really miss the most is having a steady LTR diving gal soulmate like I once had when I lived in CA, or SOCAL as it´s called today. (See the FYI part below in the Favorite Dive Locations section as to some past to present dive bunnies/buddies that I´ve both had the pleasure of knowing and diving with, as with some favorite dive spot locations/places where we/I dove.) Please - NO DRUGS - absolutely NO SMOKERS, and again I say NO DRUGS! (cig smoke makes me nauseous so if you´re truly a healthy diver then you know what I mean) - NO hang-ups & NO BAD HABITS - (that includes ALL illicit drug use too - which btw also includes POT, as POT is an illicit drug as well, and has no place in the diving world - above or below the waterline for that matter, as I don´t need my dive buddy "spacing out" on me underh2o at a time when I might need her/him for whatever reason - safety or otherwise! That also goes well for the Coast Guard´s Federal ZERO TOLERANCE "on the water" boating Policy/Law, which means I don´t need my offshore dive/fishing boat and all my dive & fishing gear confiscated by the USCG just because some diving KNUCKLEHEAD/IDIOT has to bring drugs aboard my boat, and then I lose everything as well) - I think you get my point here! Same goes for SMOKERS as well, whether on a diving cattle boat, or else wanting to board my dive/fishing boat, and then later surprising me by trying to light up a cig once we´re miles out to sea! Sorry - it´s not going to happen - as I don´t need that nauseating cig smell ruining my diving day, as well as that of my gal soulmate´s diving day as well. When I see diving pix of divers all suited up with a disgusting cig hanging out of their mouth it makes me want to puke - that or it just cracks me up, as why would any healthy diver want to smoke in the first place? Think about it stupid! Need I repeat the word LUNGS a 1000 times? Get serious idiot! I need someone hacking and coughing up around me like I need a huge puncture hole in my BIU/BC!! I really think some stupid divers would smoke underh2o if they´d invent a way to do so! Really folks! What would be nice is if the dive Mfr´s actually did find a way to allow these knuckleheads to smoke underh2o, and then when they used higher O2 enhanced NITROX or EANx , or possibly TRIMIX with staged pure O2 safety stops they´d blow themselves up underh2o - KABOOM - hahaha! Wishful thinking I know, but can´t you just envision it in your minds if even for a second? If it even could be done that is. I´m cracking up just thinking about it - KABOOM - LOL - hahahaha! Sometimes I just crack myself up. Anyway - moving on here after getting that nauseating smoking part out of the way - I seek a confident LTR gal dive-mate and soulmate, and you don´t have to meet my many years of diving experience - just as long as you can hold your own underh2o I´d be just fine with that part - AND - yes I´m VERY patient with my LTR diving gal soulmate and/or any dive bunnie that would love to just tag along and dive with me. Just because I´m a very confident and competent diver doesn´t mean that I´m a "Macho type" diver at all. I don´t associate with that word term at all, and any divers (gal divers as well) that think that I am just don´t know me at all, and it just shows their shallow ignorance in thinking so. I was highly dive trained & Cert´d by the best - namely NAUI. My NAUI dive instructor was ex-NAVY UDT, and I swear his 2 assistant T/A´s were as well. When you were NAUI Cert´d after that 12 week dive course - like that of which I took at that time 32+ years ago - you could dive anywhere - anytime, and under any conditions! If you couldn´t swim or you were a really weak swimmer then chances were that you weren´t going to get Cert´d the first time around, and that was a good thing - as then you had to take the course over again to be proficient enough not to drown yourself out there in the open ocean as it were, much less in the dive training swimming pool. You would be surprised at the number of students that couldn´t even tread water for 15 mins in the swimming pool - unbelievable! How they ever thought they would survive in the open ocean or even underh2o is beyond me. Better to fail the initial dive training class instead of failing yourself at sea, or worse yet failing your dive buddy in time of need! Just that 12 week NAUI Beginner dive training course alone - that I initially went through - would make any present day Padi 2-week supposed dive training course of today look like a Cracker Jack Box joke! Seriously folks! No kidding - some of the Padi dive trained students that I see out there diving make me wonder when they are going to wind up as a DAN Deco Chamber case - that or worse! NAUI is and always was second to NONE! Padi can´t hold a candle to NAUI training - no way - never could and never will! Having said that unbiasedly - I seek a steady LTR diving gal soulmate who is truly an active diver at this point and time in my life so as to keep growing younger diving with. Did I mention that diving actually makes you younger? Trust me - it does! I´m also open to relocation to any warm water Caribbean Island dive paradise btw, just as long as it´s not a nightmare in the making. I´ve had some pretty interesting relocation offers from gals that found me on several online scuba diving dating sites, but moving to Hawaii - as for one - was just too ridiculous and mainland USA isolated to pursue at this time in my life to start with. Not only that - I had to ask myself first and foremost - "Why would a gal from Hawaii want me to move way out there just to be a dive buddy (or LTR love interest if it were to even be the latter)? Are there no guys or guy divers over there? That was really strange let me tell you." I really had to take a step backwards there, and think about that one long and clear. What with the still highly overpriced real estate market there, as well as it being compounded with the poor economy there that goes along with it - still being what it is to this very day btw, as well as the lack of good paying jobs there at present - who would ever want to move there? Not me that´s for sure, as we have the same scenario here in the states more or less - just depends on where you live at this moment in time. One offer to move to La Paz, Baja MX did absolutely nothing for me at all as well, as who wants to move even closer to a drug corrupted and drug smuggling area such as that? Not me - that´s for sure! Bad enough here in the states as it is, so who even wants to relocate to MX of all places just to be closer to more drug smuggling, more corruption, and more killing? I don´t think so! Last I heard the drug smugglers south of the MX border had killed something like 4,000+ innocent people to date! OUCH! I´ve heard too many horror stories of USA people being taken as hostages (in trade for money) down there by corrupt scum officials of every kind - the Mex Police as well. There is no end to the corruption south of the border, and it´s hard to try and trust anyone down there! Even the kids are taught to steal from you no matter what it is you have on your person. Read the CIA warnings about La Paz, Baja MX for starters if you don´t believe me. I used to think that places like La Paz & Loreto were isolated from all the crime down there in the Baja MX, but boy was I wrong! No thank you! Serious replies only please, no games! Send me your e-mail addy along with your complete dive profile (long or short doesn´t matter), and your recent photo gets mine in return. Sorry - NO Gmail addy´s - as Gmail supports tons of spammers and hackers, and I NEVER return emails to any Gmail addy! Just so you know.