that is the title of one of the great books in scuba diving. it was written by Jacques Cousteau, one of the real pioneers of scuba diving, and should be on your reading list if your are a dive buff! it is always amazing to think of how these people developed the equipment the has […]
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
as you may have guessed, it was a great day for shark encounters, as we saw them up close and personal on both our dives today! these are white tip reef sharks, the most common shark in Hawaiin waters. but as most divers and nature lovers know, sharks are in danger from human depredation, and […]
we dive out of Hawaii Kai, south shore Oahu, and when the regular trades are down, or mild, we have an option most dive companies on Oahu do not! and that is the incredible number of dive sites on the wall outside of world famous Marine Park, Hanauma Bay! we have at least 5 different […]
well, the whales were a day early, but in reality the whale leaping has been big these last two weeks! of course we call it breaching, but it could just as well have been leaping! seems that the recently born calves are growing big and strong, as have begun breaching. we call that a ‘baby […]
always a spectacular experience diving Fantasy Reef ! this place is truly amazing with its combination of volcanic topography and incredible marine life. chimney swim-throughs, archways, and half archways create a marvelous swimming journey, with colorful hard corals covering the top of the reef. and the marine life is truly spectacular, as you can count on seeing […]
A dive for the books today, as the Pacific Ocean treated us to an extremely rare and other-worldly second dive. Sea cave was our first stop, and a great dive it was, as we spotted turtles, both inside and outside the cave, as well as huge schools of reef fish, octopus, a shark, and whale […]
whales were singing during our dive and breaching around our dive boat today. man, what a great experience! these Humpback whales that visit Hawaii yearly are truly magnificent creatures. it is rare to see a whale while diving, but it happens on occasion. we do see them often during our surface intervals though! amazing! Kahala […]
Which do you prefer, sharks or turtles? hmm, you say, I like to see them both. well, good news, today we saw lots of both, on both dive sites! first stop was Baby Barge, where there is a turtle cleaning station, as well as a ‘shark cave.’ both were in use! so we saw white […]
always an extra shot of adrenaline when you giant stride into the dark water! of course that is part of diving anywhere, but a night dive is always unique, or so it seems to me. with only a small lighted area, our dive world shrinks down to that flashlight beam, and reveals the ocean and […]
yes, last dive. . . of 2015! and it was spectacular! winds were down, and everyone wanted to do Sea Cave, an incredible, world-class drift dive on the wall outside Hanauma Bay! it is an old lava tube, which we enter at a depth of around 50 feet. the entrance is a large tunnel that […]