Diving with Above & Below Abaco

Taking out the Canon VIXIA HFM400 with Sunray 2000 lights for the first time I filmed the video at four dive locations off of Marsh Harbor in Abaco, Bahamas: The Towers, The Aquarium, Shark Ledge, and Grouper Alley. The dives were lead by Kay of Above & Below Abaco with the crew as listed below. I was using the standard Canon WP-V3 underwater case thus it was an interesting challenge to get the Sunrays to mount with this camera – interesting enough, if fact, for me to probably write a little post about the effort. Stay tuned for that to appear hopefully in the coming days.

Since being certified in 1978 this is easily rated as one of my best diving experiences and Kay and crew provided the absolutely perfect environment to make the surroundings that much more enjoyable. One of us also achieved certification during the four dives and I know he would have never found a better instruction experience that what Kay provided anywhere else. To date I have ever only seen one shark underwater and that was a nurse shark well hidden under a reef ledge where I managed to get a photo of its tale. On this dive I was quite surprised by one that was swimming my way while on the bottom alone waiting for the others to descend and lost count in the end. I was also surprised by the actual friendliness of the groupers who actually followed us around sometimes looking for attention.

Reef Shark

Kay Politano – NAUI Instructor Trainer, SSI Instructor, CPR/First Aid and AED Instructor, Licensed Boat Captain, NACD Certified Cave Diver, 34 Years Diving Experience, MA in Counseling UCF.

Kristin Jones – SSI Dive Con/Assistant Instructor, Equipment Technician, Safety Diver, Abaco Central High School Graduate, Honor Student, Recipient of The Governor General Youth Award.

Ashton Forbes is a 15 year old high school student who is doing a Summer Internship. He is currently working on his Advanced SCUBA Diver certification. He is also the Bahamas National Champion in Judo, in his weigh class, and will soon be going to International competition.