Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Could you move your fin, I can't see

The month of October brings out scarey themed parties and numerous Halloween related activities. Besides those more normal contests, there are complicated corn mazes, flying pumpkins at chukin contests and at dive shops nationwide, carving contests.

Ken and Linda Smith of Sebring FL recently swam away with the top prize at the 10th annual Amoray Dive Resort Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest. Yes, divers do it underwater and this one is held at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary five miles off Key Largo FL.

"The pumpkins want to float, so that makes it difficult. So you are working against your own bouyancy and the pumpkin's," stated Ken Smith.

Most divers will state that the carving isn't easy even if they drop weights into it to hold it down. You only have to think of how difficult it is to carve one on your kitchen table, add the "floating factor" and the numerous other divers and fish swimming through.

These contests are rapidly becoming very popular fun among divers and can be run for charity, prizes or just the fun diving with your friends. The fun factor even has divers in the northern regions, donning heavy gear to carve in 40 to 50 degree waters. The Smith's won a free dive trip for their winning entry of the scariest pumpkin this year and can enjoy the memories for years to come.

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