Have you ever seen a dive expert make Eagle Dives underwater for fish? I have but I have never actually had one. It is not as exciting as it looks and it does take some work. As a matter of fact, it is one of the hardest dives to do. It requires extreme concentration and a certain type of mental focus that you sometimes need to be in the right frame of mind to pull it off.
I remember years ago while scuba diving in the Caribbean, I saw one of the greatest underwater artists at work. He produced this amazingly beautiful series of images that I have always come back to whenever I would see one of them. It was amazing. He also did some Eagle dives with some very interesting results. I was fascinated by what he was doing and I would be eager to try it myself one day.
The first time I tried Eagle was for a project that I worked on for one of my interns while we were in college. I knew we had to use an underwater camera system so we could record what we saw while we were under the water. That was the fun part. We were just going to use some cheap equipment and try to record an eagle’s dive for us to look at later. What I didn’t know was the project we were working on was going to require us to use some Eagle Dives and some of the most impressive photos ever taken underwater.
So I went out to the Caribbean to see if I could get some really good images of the Eagle’s. My first dive wasn’t exactly an Eagle dive and it was actually a mistake. But it got me interested in trying to work with the underwater photographer so I decided I would give it a try. I was really hoping to get an eagle photo finish that looked like a professional photo shoot. I was not disappointed and was able to get some decent results,
After doing this for a few months, I realized that I needed to do more than just dive to get better photos. I wanted to learn how to compose a photo so it looked like I was actually looking at fish while underwater. And I did learn how to do that.
I took some classes that taught me how to position myself so I would be at eye level with the fish when I was diving. I learned that you don’t want to be too far underwater because the fish can spook easily. I also learned the importance of lighting. The light should be soft enough to show up the details of the fish but not harsh.
I still struggle with lighting underwater, but I think I am getting better. But when I started teaching others how to dive I realized that I needed to do a little training with my students. I have found that by having them do a series of dives with me as a beginner, I have been able to speed up my learning curve. I have also found that doing these dives with others makes me more comfortable with the equipment I am using.
I am now certified and know how to dive Eagle dive equipment. It was one of the most important dives I ever did. It was also one of the most thrilling. You can really feel the fish move beneath you as you go underwater. It is truly an amazing experience. And if you ever are in a situation where you can’t breathe properly, or your oxygen levels are low, you will truly understand what an incredible feeling it is to be Eagle Diving.