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I’m an old diver.

Discussion in 'Introductions and Greets' started by Fred Hurt, Nov 19, 2020.

  1. Fred Hurt

    Fred Hurt Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Oregon
    Hello folks,
    I just found this site. Some very informative and interesting discussions.
    I’ve been diving since the 60’s. I’m still diving.
    A few of you may know me as Dakota Fred on the Discovery series Gold Rush White Water. A 17 years old, I bought some used scuba gear and a $1 pamphlet “How to SCUBA Dive”. Also found a book on underwater logging. (There was no logging in south Texas)
    After burning through 10 or 15 tanks of air, and getting used to the double hose regulator (remember the show Sea Hunt?), I found a dive crew that were going out to the “rigs” in the Gulf of Mexico. I got invited to go offshore and the rest is history.
    After years of spear fishing, I got hired to do underwater pipeline work, and underwater piling repair. I then spent the next 10 years in the Gulf of Mexico, Intracoastal Canal, and Mississippi River doing a wide variety of work....pipeline, salvage, explosives, cutting up steel, underwater welding, (I’m not a welder), ...and sadly, body recovery on the Luling Destrehan Ferry disaster.
    After 35 years of above water pile driving and related business, I retired,.....and went Gold mining!
    I now dive for gold.
    Oh yeah,...I’m now 77.
    So there’s hope for everyone. Just keep yourself in reasonably good shape. Your health is the most important thing in life.
  2. agilis

    agilis ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: N.J.
    I dunno. 77 seems kinda young to me.
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  3. divin'dog

    divin'dog Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New England
    Keep going Fred. Don't ever stop...
  4. Curious_George

    Curious_George Green water guy ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Arkansas
    Welcome Fred.

    I’ll admit to being entertained by the show. I would enjoy hearing some of your diving stories. Being as active as you are is an inspiration to others for sure. More power to ya!

    I just have one question. Your "character" on the show is made out to often times be not the nicest guy. Not judging you at all, but curious how much of that is real vs. made for TV.
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  5. Pressurehead

    Pressurehead ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Queensland Australia
    Another septuagenarian, Youth is wasted on the young.
    Keep doing it Fred.
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  6. Fred Hurt

    Fred Hurt Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Oregon
    Shhhh!....don’t ruin my reputation....
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  7. NCBusguy

    NCBusguy Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Hendersonville, NC
    Glad to see you on the boards!! I watch your show as well as the other "gold" shows. You have my admiration!! When I lived up in Anchorage, I never thought about diving for gold but I did learn to pan!!
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  8. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: great white north
    good on you fred .........ya got 30 years of diving ahead of you !!!!
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  9. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
  10. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Oh dear, Fred. What happened next?

    What a life of adventure!
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