When Dane told us he was declared dead, we thought we misunderstood him. Australian accents and slang can sometimes be a little tricky for American ears. But, sure enough, the car accident that left him confined to a wheelchair was so bad, those on the scene thought he was dead. His recovery surprised everyone.
As he battled back, he discovered he could accomplish things originally thought impossible. Dane says this is what made him decide he was going to spend the rest of his life pushing boundaries and refusing to let his physical limitations hold him back.
Last week, he set a new world record by becoming the first quadriplegic to make two high-altitude “oxygen” skydives within a 24 hour period.
That’s why I sell adventure….for the incredible stories I get to play a small role in writing.
I am a wealth of adventure-related info. Over 20 years in the adventure business will fill your head with all sorts of things. I know the best way to attach mesh to the frame of a shark cage is with plastic zip ties, but also that the zip ties must be clipped tight and sanded, to make sure fingers aren’t pierced by shark divers, grasping onto shark cage bars. I know the MiG-29 can climb to 20 km high, but that the typical altitude reached is 17 km in summer months and 18 km in winter months. I know you’re much less likely to become airsick or seasick if you have a little food in your stomach, so one of the biggest mistake MiG flyers make is not eating anything prior to flying. I know it’s best for HALO jumpers to be clean-shaven, so the required oxygen mask fits better and that great hammerhead season in Bimini is December through April.
If you’re considering a life-changing adventure and have a question, don’t hesitate to ask me. I just might know the answer, and if not, there’s a good chance I’ll know someone who does.
I’ve tested many a new adventure, but when it comes to water, I am happiest staying out of it. Thankfully, Rebecca volunteered to give our new Bimini Shark Cage a test, first at the end of a dock, and then off the back of our incredible Bimini Shark boat at one of the prime locations in the Bahamas for viewing big sharks.
I’m really excited about our newest Bahamas Shark Adventure. The sharks are really close to shore and the water is calm and clear in Bimini. Our 60 ft glass-bottom shark boat is great for people like me, who love being on the water, or by the water, but not in it. I can watch big sharks without getting wet! Our floating shark cage means no dive certification is necessary. Our partners at Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center will teach shark lovers all they need to know to cage dive.
Bull sharks, hammerheads, tiger sharks, reef sharks, nurse sharks, lemon sharks…need I say more? If you’d like to know more about our Bimini Shark Adventures, call me….I sell adventure 🙂
A key part of putting together any shark dive adventure is partnering with the right vessel and captain(s). We definitely scored a victory when we found Jose and the Solmar V. The Mexican-flagged vessel is absolutely beautiful and serves as an incredible platform for great white shark adventures in Isla Guadalupe. Best of all, Jose and the rest of the Solmar V team share our dedication to providing incredible service.
I have not Skydived Everest or made a HALO Jump near Memphis, so it’s not me in the photo above, but I have made two tandem skydives at a drop zone near my home in Florida. Those who know me find that really hard to believe, given how absolutely terrified I am of heights. (I avoid turning on overhead lights so I don’t have to stand on a ladder to replace a light bulb.)
Don’t let a fear of heights keeps you from scheduling a tandem parachute jump. I absolutely loved both of my tandem skydives and think everyone should experience the thrill of falling toward earth at least once. Most people love the free fall…the quick descent toward the ground before the chute opened, but I loved hanging out under the canopy, taking in the amazing view.
I think the ultimate would be to make your first jump an Everest or HALO jump. If you’re interested, let me know. I sell adventure.
I got asked again today if women can participate in our Covert Ops Counter Terror Adventure. Of course women can! (Historically, we’ve found our female clients to be better shooters.) Adventure isn’t a guy thing. Women can also fly MiGs, Skydive Everest, train for space and experience every other adventure we offer. In the last 23 years, I’ve personally verified that every adventure we offer is “female friendly”.
I love our new Covert Ops training facility in the Florida Everglades. The military and law enforcement tactical training center was once a high-security state prison and still features most of its original prison infrastructure. There are multiple cell blocks, plus a prison chapel, law library and farm. At 1150 acres in size, the property is HUGE and offers infinite possibilities.
It would be a great place to film an action-themed TV show or movie. The facility is remote and highly secure and has its own airport and helicopter landing pads, so celebrity talent could go completely undetected by paparazzi. (Do we have paparazzi in Florida?)
I’ve had a lot of fun working with production companies the last 23 years and can’t wait until the next film or TV project crosses my desk.