hard to describe what a treat it is to see a Hawaiin Monk Seal ! they are big, swift-moving, and often intelligently curious. they can gracefully appear and disappear like a shadow in the water. Or they can swim right up to you, trying to get a good look at your face, cocking their head, and […]
About Larry Hogan
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of dive instructor Larry Hogan. Larry passed peacefully, but unexpectedly, at home last week. He was 66 years of age.
Larry worked at Island Divers for the better part of the past decade as a dive guide and scuba instructor, and many of you will remember him and his passion for sharing the underwater world. He was a rock of patience and calm in our scuba diving family. Again and again our guests over the years commented on what a kind a talented ambassador to the underwater world he was. At the memorial service his family held one pastor said something that truly resonated with me personally: that is it not the passing of Larry that we grieve, but his absence.
We won’t ever get to see his smiling face again in the morning, or his sly joke, or his honest interest in what you have been doing, or see his latest great underwater picture, or again get to hear the happy words and smiles of divers he guided through the unique experience of scuba diving. We grieve, because we are going to miss the presence of our friend.
Larry grew up with a great family, spending his youth exploring the tiger-filled jungles of rural Connecticut, and the ocean known as Long Island Sound. Not quite a valedictorian, he still really enjoyed NWCH high school in Hartford, and graduated from Villanova University, with lots of great friends and a degree in Psychology.
Which prepared him perfectly for a career owning and managing a construction company for over 30 years in New York city. While visiting Hawaii in the mid 70s with some friends, one of whom was a PADI CD, he was thrown into the ocean with a full set of dive gear on (thanks Dave) and immediately fell victim to scuba’s greatest danger – a serious addiction to diving.
Added to a love of travel, he has managed to dive all over the place and has seen and marveled at the profound sights the ocean offers, the great white sharks of South Africa, the giant mantas of Komodo, the whale sharks of Thailand, the white dolphins and piranhas of the Amazonian rain forest, as well as the Humpback whales, spinner dolphins, monk seals, and octopi of Hawaii.
He began the road to diving professional in the early 90′s assisting instructors at Beach 9, Brooklyn, Friday nights at the Y, and under the Throgs Neck Bridge in Queens (while still having a real job). A Master Scuba Diver Trainer since 2005 he has also worked in Phuket, Thailand, as well as NYC and now works with a great group of people at Island Divers Hawaii.
Entries by Larry Hogan
and resting on the ocean floor is the wreck of the Corsair airplane. this plane, way back in 1946, took off from Hickam AFB, quickly developed engine problems, and was safely landed in the ocean off Oahu’s southern shore. that talented pilot came back years later and dove down to 107 feet where his plane […]
is one of those survival TV shows, and it can be very entertaining, as it is quite fun watching people being afraid while they’re naked (and they’re not even dating)! Fortunately we don’t have to struggle to survive while diving on the Sea Fox, as it is a fantastic dive boat – big, fast, roomy, […]
one of the many things we love in diving – a nice deep wreck! we have one we call Big Barge, as opposed to the famous turtle hangout, Baby Barge. Big Barge is, well, bigger! today there were several large ulua, or jacks inside the wreck. and when i say large, i mean LARGE! fun to […]
Tako or taco, we love them both!! but I’ll take seeing a tako (octopus) underwater anytime over eating a taco after the dive! our 2nd dive today was a drift of spectacular Fantasy Reef, where we found the aforementioned octopus, as well as 2 sharks, a plethora of huge green sea turtles, free-swimming moray eels, […]
Or both! plus octopus and giant turtles! not to speak of a cool wreck or two to explore! that was our dive day today, and there were lots of smiles on the boat! the Landing Craft, or LCU for short, had mild current and excellent viz, well over 100 feet, and we cruised underneath and […]
for me sharks are always just so compelling to dive with. there is definitely some primordial connection with these creatures that stirs the blood and fascinates the eye! The downed airplane is at 107 feet, and this day, conditions were perfect – mild current and great viz. coming down the line from the Sea Fox […]
well, as you can probably guess, we also love the dive site we call Spitting Cave! there is a cave at sea level, and when the waves are hitting it hard, it spits that wave right back out! and why do we love it? because the is so much marine life there, as well as […]
that is what John said to me after out second dive of the day! At the age of 70, he has been an avid diver since his high school days, so he knows what he is talking about! And that dive was a site we call SPITTING CAVE, so named after a cave at […]
haha, that’s an easy one for serious divers. Diver Propulsion Vehicle, and we’re not talking about fins here! fun day, as always, on the boat today, as instructor David was teaching a DPV course. these little underwater scooters are awesome, fun, and great in a current! and always fun to watch them zoom around, like […]