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30 Days of Awesome - Day 8

In mid November I will be traveling to Australia to complete negotiations for the new Vitalyte Australia. From a business standpoint, this is an amazing opportunity for us to grow as a company and capture a foothold in the global marketplace. From a personal standpoint, this will give me the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream, two actually.

The first will be to dive the Great Barrier Reef, something I have wanted to do since I put on my first BCD and fins. A series of reefs that stretch over 1600 miles, the Great Barrier Reef is a must for any diver. With the human impact becoming more apparent, I want to make sure I see it before it is to late.

The second dream of mine is to cage dive with the great whites of Neptune Isalnd.

Take a look at this picture below and tell me that doesn't look like the most amazing thing in the world.

So in preparation for the dream come true trip, I decided to work the rust out of my land locked scuba gear by doing the shark dive at the Denver Aquarium.

Couple issues if you are a diver that make this less than a perfect dive. First it's a negative bouyancy dive. You are overweighted so you sink like a stone. The second problem, which is only a problem if you feel like being an appetizer for a shark, is that you kneel in trenches along the perimeter of the aquarium. Apparently diving in the middle of the sharks swimming and eating patterns is like signing up to be someone else's lunch.

All in all though, a truly awesome experience. The shark aquarium has a number of brown sharks, zebra sharks, some barracudas, but the most ferocious looking is the sand tiger shark. The sea turtles are also amazing. They are not in the least bit shy and on a number of occasions swam right up and nudged me.

You'll notice that my pictures for this dive are absolutely horrible. It has been a long time since I have used a real 35mm camera with film and I forgot to wind the darn thing back up when I was finished so most of the pics are double exposed.  Seriously, what did we all do before digital?

The lasted about 45 minutes and was an awesome experience. More importantly it made me even more excited for my trip to Australia. The chance to see a great white up close and personal is something that I have been wanting to do for as long as I can remember and now that I have the opportunity, well lets just say November wont get here soon enough.

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