Even Scuba Divers celebrate Halloween
Florida News: Diver carve Sub-sea Pumpkins in Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest
Leave it up to the Keys to come up with something quirky! If you want to combine your love of scuba diving with Halloween, check out the pumpkin carving event at Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort in Key Largo on Sunday, October 21, 2012.
2012 Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest
Open to certified divers only, the subsea Jack O’Lantern carving contest is becoming a tradition. For the annual contest, artistic divers descend 30 feet into the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary with a diving knife straped to their legs. The buddy teams receive a hollow pumpkin and transform the fleshy gourds into frightening or jolly jack-o’-lanterns. During the carving process, reef fish often swim by to observe the knife-wielding action.
It’s challenging to work against the natural buoyancy of submerged hollow pumpkins, but contestants use their creativity to create some interesting designs with their carving tools. In past Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contests, the carved gourds had traditional features such as triangle eyes and toothless grins, but there were also some imaginative shark-mouthed sneers, pirate eyes, geometric designs and an underwater octopus. The sculpting judges double as the dive boat crew and award prizes to the top three carvings. One of the prizes is a dive trip for two.
- Where: 104250 Overseas Highway Key Largo, Florida (mile marker 104.5)
- When: Sunday, October 21, 2012; 8:30 a.m.
- Cost: $85/certified diver for the two-tank two-location dive. This includes tanks, weights and snorkel equipment.
If you’re interested, sign up early as space is limited.
What have you used your diving knife for while underwater?