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Old 01-06-2006, 05:38 PM   #41
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Exactly what DW loves doing. I think it will be her "second" career.

For me diving instructor in my college days, windsurfing instruction in my 30's and kitesurfing instruction now.* Guess I got sort of theme going here*
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I don't really like the responsibilityand liability issues of being a guide, either.
Once we got to Rescue Diver we began to realize that there are a lot of stupid divers out there, and we weren't too happy about the implied moral (legal?!?) obligation to make an effort to save them from their own good ideas. By the time we finished AI we decided we'd had enough.

When we're diving today we keep an eye out for the people we wouldn't want to have to rescue, and we've even cut one or two beach stays short just to avoid the inevitable. We can always go diving some other day, but when people spend thousands of dollars to get here, hundreds of dollars a night for lodging, and more hundreds to get their gear... well, they're not gonna be very patient with bad diving conditions.
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Old 01-07-2006, 03:59 AM   #43
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where's the kite in that picture anyway?? That looks like something that I could get hooked on all too quickly.
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where's the kite in that picture anyway?? That looks like something that I could get hooked on all too quickly.
Here's another one with the kite just barely at the top of the shot (down in the Keys). Video frame grab so lousy resol. Much easier than windsurfing to learn-progress even for us oldish geezers but you need a few professional lessons to get going and stay safe. I just stuff everything into a golf bag and take it along on a lot of my biz trips. My version of golf addiction, and something my 15 yr old daughter actually likes doing with me. DW just laughs and rolls hers eyes at the whole thing :P
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Once we got to Rescue Diver we began to realize that there are a lot of stupid divers out there, and we weren't too happy about the implied moral (legal?!?) obligation to make an effort to save them from their own good ideas.* By the time we finished AI we decided we'd had enough.
Yeah, I've seen some incredibly stupid and irresponsible people in the short time I've been diving, including dive masters that were supposed to be concerned for my safety...

I am really interested in biology and fish ID - I think they only thing I'd do as a paying gig would be to teach something like that - I think the people who are interested in identifying fish are less thrill seekers...* *But I have a lot to learn before I could do that!
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I am really interested in biology and fish ID - I think they only thing I'd do as a paying gig would be to teach something like that - I think the people who are interested in identifying fish are less thrill seekers...* *But I have a lot to learn before I could do that!
I saw on a PBS special that the Monterey Bay Aquarium has a staff of over 150 volunteer divers who scrub the marine growth off the plexiglas windows.

Another "free air" diver option is research assistant. One of our Monterey dive instructors earned subsistence cash by crawling slowly over reefs, clipboard & marker in hand, to do population counts. UH has several trips a year to the northwest islands (liveaboard) to do the same. Minus the marker, it's pretty much what spouse and I enjoy doing on our dives anyway.
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I saw on a PBS special that the Monterey Bay Aquarium has a staff of over 150 volunteer divers who scrub the marine growth off the plexiglas windows.

Another "free air" diver option is research assistant.* One of our Monterey dive instructors earned subsistence cash by crawling slowly over reefs, clipboard & marker in hand, to do population counts.* UH has several trips a year to the northwest islands (liveaboard) to do the same.* Minus the marker, it's pretty much what spouse and I enjoy doing on our dives anyway.
I need to start researching these things as ER approaches.* I heard of a "friend of a friend" here who spent a month in Thailand documenting the damage the tsunami had done to reefs and marine life - it would be really fun to get in on a project like that...
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Well lets see, I like kayaking. I have several including one I built. I have led a bunch of paddle outings for my church outdoor group.
But the prospect of turning this into a business is just too much. I would have to get an inventory of boats, someplace to store them, a way to transport them. And I would need my wife, son or a paid assistant as it is really necessary to have at least two leaders. Insurance would be a problem. And at that point it may not be fun anymore.
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What about just getting paid by the day to be a guide for someone else's kayaking company? One of my friends does this -- show up, run a tour, get paid, go home.
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I like fast sports cars, designing little electronic projects for cars and drinking wine. Not in any particular order and not at the same time. You can see them on my web site. www.impconcepts.com

Anyone want to buy a turbo boost gauge....... or and Air Fuel Meter......... 8) or an Injector Duty Cycle Meter........

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