and Photos © Elaine
Jobin, with contributions from the 2008 "Our World Underwater"
Rolex Scholars, may not be reproduced in part or whole without advanced
been keeping my "Trip Reports and Photos" up this year,
however, I made some progress in creating my own web space - ElaineJobin.com.
It isn't perfect, or finished, but it least it is on its way. In
addition, I've begun shooting underwater images with a housed D300.
A huge change from film. This is my first Southern California "Trip
Reports and Photos" all done in digital! Yes, I know - I've
gone to the "dark side".
October 31, 2008 I climbed aboard the Psalty V with Jeff Bozanic
and the 2008 Rolex Scholars.- Jamie Brisbin from New York - the
North American Scholar, Eline Feenstra from the Netherlands - the
European Scholar, and Steven Lindfield from Australia - the Australasian
divers included Ian Martin - a Rebreather Instructor Candidate,
and Magne Tessem - a rebreather student from Norway.
of course, Jeff Bozanic
I also went on this trip with the Scholars
of 2006, and that is a link to my trip report.
our departure, a huge rainbow highlighted the Psalty V in the slip,
and, new letters highlighted Capt. Gary's truck in the parking lot
Gary explained that this wasn't a Halloween decoration. Long ago
he aquired the domain name "BurialatSea.com" for $25.00,
as a afterthought. He now sees it as being one of the best business
investments he has made. Many of his charters are now burials at
sea, and, it appears to be a recession proof source of income.
a smooth cruise across the San Pedro Channel, we stopped in Avalon
for a rebreather part and to complete paperwork for the Harbormaster
to dive from a Descanso Beach morring into the Casino Point Park.
Ian, and Magne entered the water for a warm up dive while the Scholars
so began two days of dive circles
an occasional instructor briefing
a little time for humor thrown in.
the rebreather students practiced and learned, I spent time contemplating
aperatures, shutter speeds, the dynamic range of digital, ambient
light, manual strobe settings, and the relative reflectance of fish.
trying to capture those topside "special" moments.
night everyone took a break from studying and headed into Two Harbors
to visit the haunted house. The haunted house is very special and
lots of fun. If you have never been - check it out next Halloween!
The 3D glasses were a trip.
day three there were the lift bag drills
by some time to swim around for fun.
year, I asked the scholars to write a paragraph so the internet
world could learn more about them.
scholarship is a unique opportunity; I have come from a marine science
and environmental background on the east coast of Australia and
know all too well the need to network in order to get somewhere.
This is the main aim of the scholarship, to increase these networks
of contacts and experiences at an early stage in the scholar's career,
and once you get involved and talking to some individuals it can
be a surprisingly small world! Just before this rebreather trip,
I found myself in Las Vegas at DEMA 08, the diving equipment and
marketing association trade show. There I was able to meet many
influential people in the diving community, including Jeff Bozanic
who gave us five days notice for the three of us scholars to participate
in this rebreather course! These contacts not only make you feel
welcome and open up a world of possibilities for the scholarship
year and future career paths but also provide a never ending source
of inspiration. Some people have dedicated their lives to diving
and the underwater world and I only hope I can do the same in order
to maintain or enhance this precious marine environment for future
Eline Feenstra (European Scholar)
am six months into my scholarship year and it is hard to describe
what it does to me. It changes me, and my world. The scholarship
is there to provide individuals with the opportunity to experience
different diving related fields and to give them access to a network
so invaluable for pursuing a career. So far I got experiences that
made me realise how much our natural world fascinates me. At this
moment I have a tendency to go back to university to study marine
geology and/or physical oceanography (until which extend possible
of course). The scholarship made it possible for me to conduct an
scientific diving certificate, which hopefully makes combining research
and diving much more accessible in the future. Doing my PADI IDC
on the other hand got me hooked on that side of our diving industry.
I would really like to work as an instructor in the future, hopefully
doing my first courses during this scholarship year. Being given
the change to explore the European dive industry is also extremely
exciting, through which I developed an understanding of it and got
access to a wide variety of contacts including dive centres, manufactures,
research units, etc.
is to become a bigger and more realistic pursue. Doing a rebreather
course as 'pioneers' gives me strength, whether or not that may
sound as a weird formula. I start to realise the scope of what we
are able to do as individuals. I feel like growing up. :) For me
personal it is also so valuable to meet intriguing people. Meeting
people I hope I can relate myself to, one day in the future, gives
me an understanding of who I would like to become.
start to understand more and more of our environment problems. It
is a challenging undertaking how we can get conservation, awareness
and education combined and realised. Through the scholarship I really
got into underwater videography, which could be a way to work towards
these three domains."
Jamie Brisbin (North American Scholar)
Jamie wrote his own trip report and here is the link. An insiders
view of what it was like being in the class http://jamiebrisbin.blogspot.com/2008/11/rebreathers.html
to all of the scholars for allowing me on board and being such great
Best wishes for the future.