Bottoms Up!

Bottoms Up!

Memoirs: Forty-Two Years as a Sport and Commercial Diver

James McCuaig


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As I completed this memoir, I was struck by the fact that so many scary things happened to me. Then, I realized that if you divided the number of bad experiences by 42 years of diving the figure wasn’t so bad. I experienced so many days of fun in, under and near the water. I dove in cold water and warm water and saw many varieties of marine life that the time spent was very worthwhile. Diving in lakes and rivers, the Puget Sound and San Juans, Mexico, the Carribean, Catalina , and other locatons gave me hours of fond memories. The friends I met and the people that helped me and encouraged me were and are the greatest! Thnk you! If I were to be asked about diving I would give the following advice: 1.) Take the very best classes available (NAUI, PADI and YMCA). I’m sure that there are others that are good – check them out. Don’t think that by taking a two day class in some resort that you are a pro, even if the instructor tells you so. Believe me, you are not! 2.) Buy the highest quality equipment. Beware of second hand regulators and BCs. 3.) Plan your dive and dive your plan. 4.) Don’t drink the night before or before entering the water. 5.) Don’t dive below 100 feet unless you have advanced training. It is very cold, dark and dangerous. And 6.) Always dive with a buddy! And stick with him or her. Keep wet my friends!


James McCuaig:
Many asked how Beverly and I met. Well the story goes back to 1982 or 1983. We still argue about the year. Beverly’s sister Carol told me we needed to get together and visit over a drink. It sounded alright. Carol, her husband Eric and Beverly were sailing nearby in the Canadian Islands and would return on Saturday. That Saturday I walked to the Islander Lopez, walked down the outside steps to the boats and spotted a beautiful lady cleaning crabs. What a mess! She had crab gunk all over her- on her clothes, her hair and face. It was love at first sight. I soon had two step kids , Clint and Penny and Beverly had two, Jamie and Ami. IT’S BEEN GREAT!