by Skip Cohen
For me, this is a pretty special Throwback Thursday post because it's taking me back to an incredible hobby and time when the ocean and its critters were an important part of my life. I got certified in the early 90s, and the friendships that came out of those dive trips are still alive and stronger than ever today. But diving hasn't been in my life for a long time, and I miss it.
Back in the late 90s, a unique group of friends went diving together so often that one of the dive companies gave us all the discounts a full dive shop would get. We dove all over the Caribbean, a few trips to Mexico, Cocos, and Truk Lagoon. On so many of those trips were two of my favorite knucklehead friends and dive buddies, Kayce Baker and Bob Rose. They were in the water on all three dives above.
The fun of Throwback Thursday is definitely in the memories, but also in the hunt. I've become pretty disciplined in consistently looking for something to turn back the clock for a minute every Thursday. I don't take a long look in the rearview mirror, just enough to smile, energize a little and then get on with the day. It's like a quick charge for my phone!
With these images, there are more than just memories of great times. For example, all of the underwater photographs were with a $249 point and shoot Fujifilm camera in a small underwater housing. And catch the hat I'm wearing - it was promotional for a Fujifilm S5 - there's a throwback! I'm not sure what happened to the baseball hat, but I still have the camera.
The eel was shot on a night dive, along with the eye of a flounder, again with the same camera. The turtle was on my first drift dive off Cozumel, which is an experience all in itself. Catch the guy in the background hanging on in the current.
Take the time to go on the hunt for memories. Then, share them on your blog, Facebook page, and Instagram. They're the perfect marketing tool to remind your followers that it might be time for a new family portrait, portraits of the kids, etc. And even if you don't want to share them on social media, they're ideal for putting a smile on your face!
And to Bob and Kayce - miss you guys!
Happy Throwback Thursday!
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