Travelog for Ric Mingramm

I dived the Atlantic.... I dived the Atlantic....
August 2006 was a milestone month for me. In 2005 I visited Florida and was keen to dive the Bahamas and with the manatee in Florida, but Hurricane Wilma ruined all these plans.
Added: October 16th 2006 at 1:53am
The day training became real.... The day training became real....
2006 saw a different holiday as our usual foursome had now become a twosome (plus youngest son Fletcher), nevertheless Andrew ("The Bitch") and I weren't going to let that stop us having our annual week away diving.
Added: October 5th 2006 at 4:13am
What Midlife Crisis? What Midlife Crisis?
When last I corresponded I was venturing into heady world of Dive Mastering. Time, work and the ubiquitous search for a mate has absorbed way too much time to have gained these qualifications to date.
Added: June 26th 2006 at 3:34am
Hell hath no fury like a Princess Challenged Hell hath no fury like a Princess Challenged
For those that have followed my ramblings over the years, you will know that I have a varied scuba career and now find myself tinkering on the dark side ~ learning technical diving...
Added: June 8th 2006 at 3:58am
The journey continues ... The journey continues ...
Once upon a time ... Ok I won't go back too far. In 1980 courtesy of you, the tax payer, I was fortunate enough to have the Royal Australian Navy pay for my PADI Open Water Course ...
Added: August 26th 2005 at 12:06am
Fancy a squid kiss? Fancy a squid kiss?
Once again I was privileged enough to dive with my A team (or should it be eh? team)(Ansdrew Bennett, Amber Nelson, Troy Stefan) on a recent trip to Coffs Harbour.
Added: June 27th 2005 at 12:50am
Coffs Harbour - Time to do it again! Coffs Harbour - Time to do it again!
Well, I take my annual pilgrimage to what is some of the best diving in Australia (not because of the diving JUST but because of the fantastic dive operator).
Added: June 27th 2005 at 12:02am
Bruce the shark Bruce the shark
Bruce the shark in the classic movie "Finding Nemo" declares I'm having fish tonight! ... I must admit that this was my main thought as I dived for the first time with sharks at Coffs Harbour recently.
Added: June 29th 2004 at 3:26am
What the hell is that noise? What the hell is that noise?
One of the mantras often espoused by Instructors and Dive Masters is know your equipment - and when (if) you become a Rescue Diver - the same words are drilled into you, know your buddies equipment! ...
Added: May 24th 2004 at 4:19am
Dad is it possible to dive in brown corduroys? Dad is it possible to dive in brown corduroys?
... Well this was to be an exciting one Son Fletcher had recently attained his PADI Advanced Open Water and Enriched Air Specialty qualifications, so this was to be a deep(ish) dive on Nitrox. Conditions were surgy but not too unpleasant on the dive boat ...
Added: April 21st 2004 at 1:30am
Human Dim Sim in space - or how not to use your SMB! Human Dim Sim in space - or how not to use your SMB!
A useful safety device for most divers is the surface marker buoy. In essence it is an easily seen surface float which is connected to the diver by means of a thin, strong line, usually carried on a reel.
Added: April 6th 2004 at 9:47am
What is it with kids ... ? What is it with kids ... ?
I have now been scuba diving for over 25 years and have a pretty good training record: - 1980 Open water Diver - 1990 Advanced Open Water Diver - 2004 Rescue Diver by this plan I should be an Instructor just under my 90th birthday.
Added: March 24th 2004 at 12:54am
So that's what a remora feels like! So that's what a remora feels like!
The Rip is the name given to that renowned stretch of water at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, separating Points Lonsdale and Nepean. This area can be one of the most dangerous stretches of water on our continent, but at times can be so peaceful and calm that one could not envisage the hundreds of ships which have been lost in its vicinity.
Added: January 20th 2004 at 3:33am
Well at least I now have a lot of ash trays! Well at least I now have a lot of ash trays!
For those that live and dive in the temperate water of Victoria we are blessed with an abundance of readily accessible sea food - just waiting to be picked up - abalone, crayfish, scallops.
Added: December 18th 2003 at 3:29am
So little girl you want to dive with whales? So little girl you want to dive with whales?
Back in the dim past when I was allowed to dive at my leisure and we didn't have kids, the other half actually used to get wet quite often. Being the generous provider that I am I was nearly always able to swing our holidays to a place that was close to or driving distance to the water ...
Added: December 3rd 2003 at 2:11am
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