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Sea Hunt Forever 2019 - March 2-3

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by SurfLung, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Barracuda

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    I just confirmed that renown TV and Movie photographer Gene Page will be photographing the Sea Hunt Forever Divers at SpringsFest - March 2-3, 2019!
     
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  2. Scuba Lawyer

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    These folks are working on their UW Knife Fighting Certification Card.

    SEA HUNT FOREVER 2019 (March 2-3 Silver Springs State Park, Florida) !


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    Photo: TheScubaMuseum
     
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  3. SurfLung

    SurfLung Nassau Grouper

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    No Snarks... Mostly Voit!
    - Being as true to the Sea Hunt TV Show as possible, cast members can't just dive "vintage"... The equipment has to be authentic to what was actually used in the TV Show... And there just isn't a single scene that anyone has found where a Snark III was used.
    - The "official" regulators are the Voit Lung VR1/VR2 and the Voit 50 Fathom VCR2. The Voit NAVY was never used on the TV Show. Neither was the Polaris nor the blue plastic bodied 50 Fathom VCR2. As you can know, Voit regs are pretty rare on Ebay and when you find one its usually over $400 before you spend a bunch to restore it. So its quite a treat to see so many Voit Double Hose regulators diving together at Sea Hunt Forever.
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    - I say "Mostly Voit" in the title above because if you look closely at the underwater scenes, you will often see a USD regulator disguised as a Voit with gray hoses. You can tell because the label is rectangular. And in fact, the first episode has Mike Nelson diving a USD plastic bodied Jet Air.
    - Why Voit? I think the original green hoses showed up better on black and white TV than the original USD black hoses. After that, I think Voit became an official supplier and the switch to gray hoses showed up even better on black and white TV screens. IMHO :)


    The Sea Hunt Forever Show is part of the Florida Springs Fest on Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, 2019. Our cast of about 20 divers will be re-enacting underwater scenes from the 1960s Sea Hunt TV Show. Visitors to the park can watch the underwater show from glass bottom boats.
     
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  4. SurfLung

    SurfLung Nassau Grouper

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    Sea Hunt Forever Equipment...
    - Considering that we re-enact underwater knife fights,... And that Silver Springs Park management does not allow real knives,... And that we have to have FAKE knives that are authentic to the Sea Hunt TV Show... There are two knife styles that are prevalent: The military KABAR (because Mike Nelson was a former Navy Frogman) and a commercial knife which I think was called a Vulcan. Allan Klauda has actually made up rubber bladed replicas of the Vulcan. And, several of us have found a hard rubber replica of the KABAR from Cold Steel Co. (below).
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  5. SurfLung

    SurfLung Nassau Grouper

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    Sea Hunt Forever Equipment...
    - The Smallest Details - The cast isn't actually required to wear a depth gauge... Simply because the ones that are correct for the Sea Hunt TV Show are just too rare much less do they still work. The Sportsways "dial" depth gauge is the best known gauge for appearing on Mike Nelson's wrist. This one (below) is a 150 ft model. Apparently the 75 ft model is more true to the show.
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    - You might ask, "What about those scenes where Mike Nelson is diving as deep as 180 feet?". Well, the truth is almost everything in the Sea Hunt show was filmed no deeper than 30 feet or less for the better lighting conditions. Silver springs is maximum 33 feet deep right at the bottom. They simulated depth by showing Mike Nelson swimming down over and over again from different angles. Sometimes when a scene shows divers swimming level, they might only be a few feet from the surface. Sometimes you can even see the surface in the background.
    - The Sportsways gauge is a unique instrument. Notice that it has no needle. Instead, it has a face with a window in it. And behind the window a dial moves to indicate the depth.

    The Sea Hunt Forever Show is part of the Florida Springs Fest on Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, 2019. Our cast of about 20 divers will be re-enacting underwater scenes from the 1960s Sea Hunt TV Show. Visitors to the park can watch the underwater show from glass bottom boats.
     
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  6. Scuba Lawyer

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    Getting my gear together for Sea Hunt Forever 2019 !

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  7. SurfLung

    SurfLung Nassau Grouper

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    Sea Hunt Forever Equipment
    The Only DPV Scooter Allowed...

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    - The PortaSub divers scooter played a part in several Sea Hunt TV Episodes. Above is Sea Hunt Jerry Lang with his totally restored Voit PortaSub. Since these are awfully rare... especially in diving condition... We count ourselves lucky to have Jerry's PortaSub appearing in the SHF show.
    - We may see two of them swimming together this year as I think Roger and Rob have finished restoring a second PortaSub and (I hope) they'll bring it to Sea Hunt Forever.

    The Sea Hunt Forever Show is part of the Florida Springs Fest on Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, 2019. Our cast of about 20 divers will be re-enacting underwater scenes from the 1960s Sea Hunt TV Show. Visitors to the park can watch the underwater show from glass bottom boats.
     
  8. SurfLung

    SurfLung Nassau Grouper

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    Vintage Style Wet Suits...
    Sea Hunt Divers wear 2-piece Wetsuits with front zippers and beaver tails.
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    Pictured above is an Elios Sub Vintage Style wet suit that you can buy new. I have one and use it not only for Sea Hunt Forever shows, but also for my regular diving. Very nice suit that fits beautifully... As you can see.
     
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  9. Scuba Lawyer

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    Packing up the Voits for Sea Hunt Forever 2019!

    L---R. VR-1, VR-2, 50 Fathom (1959), 50 Fathom (1961)

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  10. Sam Miller III

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    Which one of the Voit regulators did you acquire from me and restored ?
    SDM
     

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