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The BiG Scuba Podcast… diving in North Carolina – the ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’

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Gemma and Ian chat to Ian Travis.  Ian is based in North Carolina and passionate about ocean diving in the area.  It’s called the Graveyard of the Atlantic and offers great wreck diving for all levels of diver.

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The BiG Scuba Podcast is a UK based podcast, discussing everything to do with diving, other underwater and on the water activities and the ocean. Our hope is to promote scuba diving to more people including women. Ian Last and Gemma Kemp are the “I” and the “G” of The BiG Scuba Podcast. Ian is a PADI Divemaster, with about 300 dives from diving in the UK, Mexico and Red Sea. He works with our local PADI Dive Centre in Norwich, Norfolk and also teaches in the water. Gemma Kemp is a very positive person and makes a good ambassador for new women divers in the sport of scuba. Gemma began her scuba journey in January and continued studying through lockdown and then got some experience in our local rivers snorkelling. Gemma completed her PADI Open Water qualification in July 2020 and now has completed just short of 20 dives. We actively encourage interaction with our listeners and have a Patron page so that anyone with an interest in scuba diving can have a voice at The BiG Scuba Podcast. Take your first breaths with The BiG Scuba at thebigscubapodcast.com

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Book Review –Adrift: Seventy-six days lost at sea (1986)

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A lone sailor is battling an Atlantic storm in a twenty-one foot long sailboat. It is dark, approaching midnight, when a massive crash rips away part of the hull. Within seconds the boat is sinking and Steven Callahan is drowning. Miraculously he frees a life raft and frantically salvages what he can before the sailboat disappears beneath the waves. However, an initial ordeal becomes never ending torment inside the sanctuary of his life raft. “There are no good conditions in a life raft, and no comfortable positions in which to rest. There are only the bad and the worse.” (p. 66)

Steven Callahan is four-hundred and fifty miles north of the Cape Verde Islands and about as far from the west coast of Africa. He’s alone and lost at sea for the next seventy-six days as he drifts 1800 miles westward towards the Caribbean. Each day is a struggle to stay alive with “constant dreams of food and drink, the aching loneliness, the fear” (p. 74). He stays alive due to his seamanship, ingenuity and dogged determination.

The true story of Steven Callahan’s survival is remarkable; few have survived as long under such conditions. His graphic account describes his gradual physical and mental decline as dehydration and starvation take their toll and isolation impacts on his mental state. He describes how his life “… has become a composition of multilayered realities – day dreams, night dreams, and the seemingly endless physical struggle.” (p.95)

An account of seventy-six days, alone, inside a life raft and at the mercy of the elements is difficult to sustain without a degree of repetition. However, it is this drawn out, mind-numbing repetition – interspaced with brief, life threatening action and terror – that serves to convey the day to day struggle to survive. The story of Steven Callahan’s survival is now 35 years old but inspirational and still worth reading. If you are ever faced with a similar challenge his experience and example may help you.


Adrift: Seventy-six days lost at sea (1986)

  • By Steven Callahan
  • London: Guild Publishing
  • 234pp

Find out more about Professor Fred Lockwood, who is also a published author, at www.fredlockwood.co.uk.

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Grace Marquez.. Fine Art for water lovers

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The BiG Scuba duo, Gemma and Ian chat to Grace Marquez,  a visual artist and creative consultant living Canada. She works primarily in acrylic paint on canvas or wood boards and her subjects include the diverse and rich marine life and environments found underwater.

Her work is 100% informed and inspired by her love and her passion as an avid cave, technical diver and active scuba instructor. She enjoys sharing the wonder of the underwater world with new divers. While she has dived all over the world diving reefs, mines, and caves, she is happiest diving the many shipwrecks in the cold water of the Great Lakes.

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