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#1 FantaDiver


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Posted 15 March 2023 - 03:27 PM

Hi everyone, just found your club and so eager to join. A little about myself is I grew up in Maine until 16 years old where I worked on the water in the lobstering industry aka “stern man” to my fathers boat and also had my own gear and skiff. As a young boy we haul traps and I’d brace my knees against the wash rail peering down at the prism depths as I would listen to the pot hauler and wait for the ascending traps. I always wondered about the bottom below. My favorite times were when we fished close to the rocks and certain days I was blessed to see the bottom. I wanted so bad to explore the depths, but the unspoken rule of most New England fisherman was it was a death sentence to venture below.


Fast forward 20 years from 1986 and time found me removed from the ocean and in Illinois working at a prison, I still loved the sea but commitments were now to be filled. One day I found my self talking to another employee and hIm being a dive instructor encouraged me to try. God what a blessing back in 2011 even if it was just a rock quarry. Work was pretty hectic then with out of control over time but I knew if I just bit the bullet when retired at 50 my time would come. I was able to dive in Maine a couple of summers and just loved watching the lobsters and seeing what the bottom really looked like. 

Three years ago just before retirement I treated myself to a solo self planned trip to San Pedro Belize, after that first sip of real Fanta I knew I found my happy place. The reef is my home. Since then I’ve retired and was just back in SanPedro for two weeks solo loving every minute. I’m currently headed to Roatan for a week in early April and doing Hostel style adventure at 52 years of age. Looking so forward to log 10-15 dives meet new people and see new things, oh and sip on a Fanta or two. 

Today while surfing the web I found this club and decided to join in hopes to join up a trip or two a year. I just feel lucky to find others who might need a buddy. Thanks Charlie

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Posted 15 March 2023 - 03:28 PM

Oh and how can I post my profile pic, I only have an iPad but photos are on it

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Posted 15 March 2023 - 04:05 PM

Oh and how can I post my profile pic, I only have an iPad but photos are on it

Hello Charlie and welcome aboard. We are sure you will find a club trip that suits your interest, so have fun reviewing what Kamala aka WreckWench (aka The Wench) :blond: has in store 2023 through 2025.


Unfortunately tablet and smart phone browsers are not full featured, other members have occasionally experienced problems uploading files. However you are free to try:
 - Log n the Forums just as you did to create this introduction topic
 - When the page refreshes your Member Name replaces the Sign In button, next to that click the small arrow then click "My Settings"
 - On the Settings Page select the "Photo" pane and follow the instructions to upload a Member Photo

NOTE: The club's terms of use require a photo of the member, not an avatar, cartoon etc. and preferably one while participating in diving. (We are NOT a dating site after all.) ;)  Also there are file size restrictions due to the system's treatment of such images as a thumbnail, so please keep the file size under 200KB. JPG. GIF, PNG file types are all accepted. Avoid BMP types due to the inherent huge file sizes involved.

If this fails for reasons beyond your control simply email the image file to trips@singledivers.com and we will resize and upload for you.

Again welcome aboard and hope you join Kamala and our fun Krewe of safe, fun buddyless divers soon! :diver:

Brad, the Fledgling Journeyman Master Hedonist
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Posted 16 March 2023 - 07:34 AM

Hello Charles, and welcome to SingleDivers.  Like yourself, I was also a commercial fisherman that ended up working in a prison.  I found this group 13 years ago, and just returned home from my 32nd trip with them.  It is a wonderful group of people and I have enjoyed all of my trips with the group.  Kamala, with help from people like Brad and others, put so much into the club trips that every one is special.   As Brad said, check out the trip schedule and hopefully you find something that interests you.  Ed

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Posted 16 March 2023 - 01:47 PM

Hi and Welcome to SingleDivers.com!!

"just your average Joe from Minnesota, also known as Keith"

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Posted 16 March 2023 - 02:48 PM

:hiya:  Charles and  :welcome:  to the wonderful world of Singledivers.com!!!  As previously stated, Kamala and crew put together the best dive trips to fabulous destinations!!!  You get to dive with lots of great divers and really fun people.  Glad you found us and hope you are on a trip soon.  Roatan is a great place to dive.  Suggestion, look at Dominica in October!!!  


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