In early July, 2000 while on vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine, we went on a boat trip with "Diver Ed". This was easily the highlight of the vacation, Diver Ed and Diver Val take a video camera into the water and send live video of the ocean floor up to the big projection TV on the boat so that everybody can see what the depths of Maine's ocean really look like. Both divers have microphones in their dive masks so that they can talk to the people on the boat and a naturalist on the boat narrates. Val collects all sorts of sea life in a net bag and brings it all up to the boat after the dive. Then, they go through the whole collection, explaining about each creature and allowing all of the kids to touch. Our kids had a fabulous time and they didn't even know they were learning. We adults had a great time as well. Diver Ed has a great sense of humor and manages to keep everybody laughing while he shares his love for the sea and everything in it. We will be back next year.
Check out Diver Ed at http://www.divered.com then look at our pictures. Click on the thumbnails to see the big pictures.
We went back in the summer of 2001 as promised. We had worried that most folks wouldn't be able to appreciate this incredibly cool outing. But worry no more, Diver Ed is a big success. This time the boat was full (and this was a few days before the start of the 'official' tourist season). There was still plenty of room for everyone to see the cool stuff Ed collected from the sea floor and there was more than enough stuff for everyone to get to hold and/or kiss whatever they wanted. Val had another job that kept her off the boat in 2001. From the looks of Ed's current website, she's back for 2002. Val's as cool as Ed, so we're happy. Ed dived alone while Megan narrated. In addition to the biology lesson, we got some history of Frenchman's Bay as Ed brought up a very old bottle and explained where it had come from. We also got a bit more of Ed's interesting personal history (scallop diving, urchin diving, diving antarctica). Another great trip for all of us.
For those going to Bar Harbor, you have a choice. One of the Whale Watch fleet is on the left, Ed's boat, "Seal", is on the right. This year our family chooses Seal - 3rd year straight.
You might want to click on over to Diver Ed's Website and call for reservations - we've already got our 2002 reservations!