Hoping for a Sharky Saturday

Farallone White Shark - photo by Peter Winch
Farallones White Shark – Photo by Peter Winch

This Saturday, September 30th, marks the start of the 2017 Great White Shark Diving Season at San Francisco’s Farallon Islands. It’s hard to believe this will be our 12th season at the Farallones.

Pre-trip delivery of new underwater cameras has been confirmed.  Waivers have been collected and wetsuit sizes verified.   Crew members in San Francisco are preparing the cage and working down their to-do lists.  There are air tanks to pick up and groceries to buy.

I can’t wait for 6 pm, Saturday…when the boat returns, and I receive my first trip report from the incredible Greg Barron…our Director of West Coast Shark Operations.  Fingers crossed that our first trip of the season turns out to be a very sharky day!

You can book your own San Francisco shark adventure online.

 

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Eclipse Skydives are Result of Extensive Planning

Alex Coker HAHO Tandem 1Tomorrow, several members of the IA team will travel to Portland, Tennessee, and begin making final preparations for Monday’s special Eclipse HAHO Jumps.  If all goes as planned, a lucky group of international adventurers will be in the air during Monday’s total and partial eclipse, literally enjoying a bird’s eye view of the darkened sky.  The thrill-seekers are set to make extreme high-altitude, military-style “HAHO” jumps, allowing them to remain airborne 20 minutes or more.

I had the option of going along for the adventure, but agreed to stay behind and oversee our Sarasota office.  Instead, I’ll be heading to DeLand, Florida in October to oversee our next special skydiving event….a high-altitude jump over Florida, with Skydive Everest’s Tom Noonan.

For more information about the skydiving adventures I sell and help to develop, visit www.skydivehigh.com.

 

 

Jessy’s Turn to Float

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It’s hard to describe the feeling of being weightless. I’ve been selling zero-gravity adventures for more than two decades and still haven’t found the perfect words. I can only say that there is nothing else like it.

Jessy, a new member of the Incredible Adventures team, completed her first zero-gravity flight last week.  I think the smile on her face says more than I ever could.

If you’d like to book your own zero-gravity space training adventure in Florida, send me an email or give me a call at 800-644-7382.

I Know A Little About a Lot

hammertimeI 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 Love Our Shark Boats

Loaded with cages for GuadalupeA 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.

Yes, Women Can Fly…and Shoot…and Dive…

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”.

 

 

 

 

Calling All Production Companies

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.