Karl belongs to: The Diving Centre Ltd
Karl learnt to dive through his father Stan. He grew up with diving with his brother Michael. Karl manages The Diving Centre Ltd, providing the diving community with equipment, training and advice.
Karl was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 17 January 2006. The interview took place at Discovery Museum History office and lasted 38 minutes and 50 seconds.
"People have a misconception- the water, underneath the water is often called the silent world- well, it isnít silent"
People have a misconception- the water, underneath the water is often called the silent world- well, it isnít silent. Itís just different. People canít talk which is a hell of a blessing, sometimes, really, you know, you get away from it all. But youíve probably seen the whales and Richard Attenborough and dolphins and everything, well, those sounds you can hear just like that, as clear as that- those screeching sounds underneath.
Iíve been in the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean and had a school of dolphin just swimming around me and you can hear those sounds, and, you know, you could just stay there all day, just, that makes it- what a privilege, it is, at least having had all them. Iíve swum with sharks as well, but theyíre, you know, they donít bark or anything, theyíre just completely silent and intimidating. But again, itís enthralling to watch them.
Even off, off the North Easy coast, in the month of May we get all the birds nesting and everything, you get the guillemots which they dive and swim underneath the water, so youíd be swimming along and you would be 10, 15 metres or more, and youíve got these birds just sort of flying alongside of you looking for fish and you hear that squawking sound that they would make underneath.
You hear metallic sounds very, very clearly but what you canít do, travel the, sounds travels a lot faster underneath the water- itís about four time faster, so what you canít do is tell the direction to any great degree.
Karl has 17 memories in the memorynet:
Karl's memories with a Skills theme:
Karl's other memories:
- Growing up in the diving community
- Learning to dive in the North East
- The Dive School
- Sea life in the North East
- Diving routines
- Development of diving equipment
- Diver and jellyfish
- St Abbs Head
- Cawfield Quarry
- Moving the Diving Centre
- Scapa Flow
- Freddy the Dolphin
- The Diving Centre Ltd