220,000 postcards were used with 30 and 60 second TV spots on east coast, 1986-1990

Cover picture for our video documentary Reef Safari (1984) featured a whaler shark caught off Hawaii in 1970.  Merle Hawkins looks like a close stand-in for Christine Danaher who was my featured underwater model from 1983 onwards.

Reef Safari and Sea Safari were made using super8 film and therefore could never be shown in theatres. Both had limited release for home video.

The first of two films made exclusively for home video.  Some dive shops used this one for teaching scuba.


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**Ken DaVico has found heaps of lost ‘treasure’ in Hawaii**
“Yesterday Jeffrey called in distress. He told me a sad story about losing his US$8,000 platinum and diamonds wedding (ring) band while body boarding Kalipaki Bay”.

“It was nearly dark so too late for an immediate retrieval. Jeffrey would just have to endure a bad night’s sleep. This morning at 8am I met him on site. He was a little stressed out, had tears in his eyes as he was telling me how he lost it”.

“I used the CZ 20-10 as my tool. He told me he had lost it yesterday at about 4PM. Said it came off when his body board hit the sand at the end of the shore break. It was now low tide and at 4PM yesterday it was high tide”.

“I figured it would be above the surf wash area and out of the water on the beach face. I had him drive sticks in the sand to lay out a search area”.

“I started outside the area about 15 feet past his margin. Worked my way across to his far marker and kept right on going with my search pattern. Got a good tone about 10 feet beyond his maximum mark but the tone was not strong. Scooped down about 8 inches and dumped the retrieved stuff out”.

**Then I passed the coil over the droppings and it just about blew my ears drums.**

“Scooped a little back up and shook the sand through. There in the bottom of the old scoop was Jeffrey’s beautiful platinum and diamond ring. Took about 20 minutes of tight searching and my day at the beach was done and amply rewarded”.

“P.S. I received a phone call from the Kauai Police dept. Jeffrey had called to cancel his lost item report. They thanked for the help and said they would refer any others to me”.

Footnote: Ken DaVico is an old mate from our joint seaplane adventure (with Richard Ibara and Barry Wilson) to the lost atolls of Kapingamarangi and Nukuoro (described in detail elsewhere on the blog as the best, most dangerous and exciting times any young guys could have).

Ken now lives in the Hawaiian Islands and seeks lost ‘treasure’ in the surf and elsewhere underwater when he’s not competing in and winning triathlons. Ken has located lost Rolex’s and gold wedding rings by the score.

Such losses and finds are possible in a highly visited, five star, tourist location. Why people wear such stuff in a heavy surf is always a mystery.


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A close associate of the old Skin Diver magazine team. He was married to Hillary Hauser (noted diving journalist) when she kindly suggested Dick Anderson MC our Australian Underwater Film Expo film show at Santa Monica.

The venue was already established by regular underwater film festivals at the same venue.

Underwater film festivals in the USA always seemed to have the latest Dick Anderson 16mm documentary, narrated live, in a huge auditorium seating 2000 or more divers and friends.

The Anderson specialty was humor.  He was the first and only one – although humor was nothing new in surf films which also were incredibly popular at the same venue each season.

Mac the Dog featured a cocker spaniel who could retrieve large abalone shells from the depths of a swimming pool.

Divers are Nuts was his classic.

Demonstrating his strength on a beer can, above, at the Man Sea 1970 film festival afternoon party in San Francisco.