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Capt. Sue MacNeal

Capt. Sue MacNeal

IANTD Instructor Trainer (IT) for: Nitrox, Nitrox  Instructor Trainer, Deep Diver, Advanced Nitrox Diver, Technical, Wreck EANx Diver, Gas Blender, Trimix Gas Blender IT, Technical Diver Supervisor, LSS Service Technicial IT, Normoxic Trimix Diver, Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV), Megalodon Close Circuit Rebreather

PADI Instructor for Open Water thru Divemaster

PADI Specialty Instructor for: Wreck Diver, Ice Diver, Night Diver, Deep Diver, Equipment Specialist, Underwater Photography, Dry Suit Diver, and Underwater Archaeology Diver

PADI Emergency First Responder Instructor

Full EANx Cave Diver (NACD)

PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider

Licensed USCG Captain

Favorite Dive Location: Underwater Dive Center

Great Barrier Reef

If I had to share only one of my signature experiences in the 35 years of diving and from my 3,000 plus dives, I would take you to my Australia excursion. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 1,600 miles and the reef is located in the Coral Sea, where our liveaboard vessel took us to dive.

During our 10 day diving excursion we dove the “Cod Hole” with the world’s friendliest potato cods, napoleon wrasse, biggest green morays I have every seen and the giant clams from prehistoric times,and what a trill this was.

As I hunkered down under at “North Horn” dive site, which is a natural amphitheater, with my video in hand I immediately stated filming the sharks that swam passed in groves. The Sharks that we observed were Australian Black Tip, Bull and Bronzy Sharks. Most of the dives were classic pinnacle dives with stonefish, clownfish, turtles and one with hundreds of olive sea snakes that literally chased us out of the water.

If I had a choice I would dive the Great Barrier Reef again and again, for each dive I dove stole my breath away, repeatedly. There are no words to express these adventurous dives, but perhaps some video clips that I filmed during these dives should give you some closure……..Enjoy the clips below.

Most Memorable Dive:

I have had many memorable dives, so I have chosen to share with you a few and to give you a short synopsis of each.

Key West

Gulf Wrecks most memorable was the USS Wilkes Barre- The U.S.S. Wilkes Barre, CL-103, was a 610 foot Cleveland class light cruiser. As I descended to the 255 fsw depth with double 90’s on my back filled with a trimix mix and 80 cu ft tank, one on each side, filled with travel and decompression mix and at 140 feet the superstructure comes in focus and once I reach the bottom I could see the bow which is resting on its starboard side. With this warship in front of me and the mixed gas helping with a clear mind, what a wonderful experience. My buddy and I swam over to the bow and approached the 8” turrets lying in the sand on the deck side. This was one of the most spectacular naval wrecks I have dived in my 35 years of diving. I have several dives on this wreck and each one has been as good as the first.

Akumal, Mexico

Diving the Cenotes (Caves). My most memorable dive in Akumal was the cenote called the Car Wash. We entered the cave and followed the main line and our guide, pulled out his exploration line and attached it to the main line and as we all marked this spot with our arrows, we then followed the exploration line into the smallest holes and finally reaching the room called “Room of Tears”, which was filled with stalactites, from the ceiling down and stalagmites, coming from the floor up, huge columns which looked like icicles of rock that shimmered when our lights shined on them. It was a pristine picture that will remain in my memory.

Sea of Cortez, Baja California

Diving with the Sea Lion pups in the Sea of Cortez. I approached the flock of Sea Lion Pups to film and my buddy, Russ was taking photos, when I witness the pups pulling on Russ’s snorkel and going up to our cameras with curiosity. I decide to do a barrel roll to imitate them, when I noticed, if I did a barrel roll they would imitate me. So I did a somersault and again a few imitated me. We were interacting with them for an hour, when the mother finally decided that this was enough and swam directly at us and laid out a full volume of air to let us know that it was time to leave her pups alone.