Divers Making a Difference: Seek and Ye Shall Find

Scuba can be one of the most rewarding activities you can find. It not only forces you to focus your mind, but also makes you get your body tuned in to the rigors of the deep. Yes, it can be a lazy sport, but it can also be an invigorating sport. It just depends on what you want to get out of it. For some, taking scuba to the next level involves something more than personal thrills. Some divers get their reward by helping others. In this post, we’ll explore a little more of these divers making a difference.

The Saints of Lake Travis

Well, maybe they aren’t saints. The folks at Lake Travis Scuba have made quite a nice little living out of searching for and finding all kinds of lost swag. The main haul? Cheap sunglasses. It has become so commonplace to find shades on the lakebed, the dive shop even began a sunglass hunter’s certification class accredited by the Professional Association of Diving instructors. And it’s not just sunglasses. People lose wallets, iPhones, GoPros, rings, necklaces, and all kinds of other things. For the divers, it’s a finders keepers sort of thing, unless someone is actively searching for their lost item. In that case, they are like saints, deriving pleasure from making people happy that their lost treasure was found by a friendly diver.


Family lost 800 photos when their camera fell into sea. Reunited with their ‘precious memories’ after scuba diver spotted it 30ft underwater

Paul McGahan probably felt like someone had punched him in the gut when he saw his family’s camera sinking into the depths off of Falmouth, Cornwall. On board were almost a thousand of his precious memories. All lost. He and his family thought the pictures were gone forever, until two months later when Diver Mark Milburn handed over the camera. Seems the camera was in 30 feet of water when Mark found it as a part of a beach clean-up day. It was a remarkable chain of events, but Paul should consider backing up his data in the future.


Scuba diver finds wedding ring lost at sea for 37 years off Benidorm and tracks down the couple who lost it

Imagine having your wedding band lost for almost 40 years. You probably had forgotten about it after all that time. So when Juani and Agustin Aliaga were contacted by diver Jessica Niso about a lost ring, they must have thought it was a joke. No joke. The simple gold band was discovered off the coast of Benidorm, and after Niso cleaned it up, she noticed the inscription: Juani – 17-2-79. With so little to go off of, it’s a testament to social media and the will to never give up that Niso tracked down the ring’s owners, who are still alive and still married.


Rescue and recovery divers brings closure to loved ones

When someone drowns, it is devastating not only for the victim, but also for his or her loved ones who were left behind. Sometimes the situation is made even worse when the victim is not recovered by rescue personnel. In that case, families turn to organizations like the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit. Some people don’t believe in the concept of closure when it comes to the grieving process. But don’t tell that to the good folks at GSUR, who say it’s tremendously satisfying to help heartbroken families in their darkest time of need.

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