Entries by Gary Woods

Fall PADI Rescue Diver class photos

In mid-November, five divers participated in the Open Water Rescue Scenarios at Brownstone Discovery & Exploration Park. All divers were students in Scuba Shack’s Rescue Diver Program which started in September. After many classroom and pool sessions, divers were put through live rescue scenarios including panicked diver, lost diver and injured diver using multiple rescue […]

Students complete Rescue Diver program

On Nov. 8, Scuba Shack conducted the open water scenarios for the PADI Rescue Diver Course. Led by instructors Nick Civitillo and Gary Woods, the group of four went through land drills, panicked diver, tired diver, search and recovery, ascending an unconscious diver, and bringing an unconscious diver to shore while delivering rescue breaths. Also […]

Trip Report – Mexico Riviera Maya 2015

On Oct. 24, Scuba Shack led a group of fourteen divers to the Riviera Maya in sunny Mexico for a week of diving and fun. We were transported from the airport in Cancun by bus to our beautiful Catalonia Riviera Maya hotel. The hotel boasts five swimming pools, seven restaurants and seven bars, a beautiful white […]

State police dive team sinks new wreck at Brownstone Park

During the second week of June, the Connecticut State Police Dive Team conducted training exercises at Brownstone Park in Portland, Conn. They were checking out a new dive helmet for their surface supplied air system. While at Brownstone the dive team raised the Nissan pickup that was one of the underwater attractions at the park since […]

Photos and notes from the Florida Keys dive trip

In late February, a group mostly made up of Scuba Shack staff, left for the sunny Florida Keys to spend a long weekend exploring the other 80 percent. This annual trip to Key Largo was led by Scuba Shack owner Ed Hayes who supervised all diving activities. Also along were instructors Ginamarie Hayes, Nick Civitillo, […]

Report and photos from Dive Rescue II public safety course

We’ve been a bit slow with posting news and updates for the past month, so we wanted to catch up a bit. In late September, Ed Hayes and Scuba Shack hosted part two of the Dive Rescue International Public Safety Diver Course. The first two days were Evidence Recovery Operations and the final two days […]

Trip Report & Photos: Mexico’s Mayan Riviera

On Oct. 6 fourteen divers from Scuba Shack lead by instructor Gary Woods, headed out for a week of fun in the sun and diving on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. We stayed at the all-inclusive Catalonia Riviera Mayan Resort. The resort was fantastic with seven restaurants, seven bars, five swimming pools and a great white sand […]