I have a story to tell about about a really bad dive – the kind of dive you never want to experience again. Hell, the kind of dive you never want to experience in the first place. But it’s at least entertaining, so it might as well be told.
The audiobook for Out of Hell’s Kitchen is now available, well, everywhere! It’s a pleasure, and indeed an honor, to have Out of Hell’s Kitchen read by the incomparable narrator Philip Battley, who’s voice has brought to life innumerable characters on both the screen and the written word. He has managed to elevate my story to a level I hadn’t thought possible. Why not give it a listen and see for yourself…
On July 4th I was five days into some intensive dive training in the caves of north central Florida. Unfortunately that particular day had a less-than-desirable outcome: I ended up getting fairly seriously bent. Long story short, I ended up getting transported to Southern Georgia Medical Center where I spent five days alternating between the ICU and a hyperbaric chamber. My wife Amy had to fly down to drive me the 1,300… Read More
The human race is going to Mars – that’s an amazing statement all to itself. As a matter of fact, it’s so cool I’m going to say it again… The human race is going to MARS! Sure, maybe not this year or next, but it’s going to happen and it’s going to happen within our lives. After years and years of what perhaps could be called the “winter of spaceflight advancement”, we are… Read More
A really cool dive that happens every day at the New England Aquarium is the 2:30 Diver Communications Dive. Not only do we provide visitors with the unique opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with a diver, but we share what the diver sees, broadcasting it in high definition onto two giant screens at the top of the Giant Ocean Tank. (Here’s a quick video showing the system at work – I was… Read More
Ever wonder what happens when the weather turns really (really) crappy and your favorite aquarium is forced to close (ahem – which of course you are all thinking, “New England Aquarium!”)? What about what happens to all the critters on Christmas or New Years or Thanksgiving? Well, if you’ve ever lost sleep worrying about who’s taking care of those aquatic dwellers, worry no more. And to prove it, I got together with Boston.com… Read More
This past December I packed up a mountain of gear and drove down to cave country in northern Florida to get my MOD 1 training on my Sentinel rebreather. It was, well, challenging. Which was exactly what I wanted. Personally if a challenge isn’t difficult then it’s not worth pursuing. Though the twelve+ hour days kept me too busy to really think about shooting any video or stills, I still managed to grab a little… Read More
Sit down, take a break from reading Out of Hell’s Kitchen, and check out this presentation I gave one diving what some people call the “Mount Everest of SCUBA diving” – the wreck of the Andrea Doria. It was quite an experience for me – one that I hope to revisit soon – and I’m happy to share it with you guys. Enjoy and let me know what you think… John