In Praise of Paul

Paul Adler, in the water

Paul Adler, in mid-water.

Paul Adler founded East Coast Divers back in the mid-seventies. This month marks the end of his tenure as owner; after over three decades in business, he is selling the store to his employees, Nick Fazah and Alex Dulavitz as of the end of the month.

Paul was the person who first enabled me to scuba dive, in a quickie “Discover Scuba” program over at Dedham Racquettime.
A year or so earlier, I’d followed Route 128 on the motorcycle to the end in Gloucester, and then followed Route 127 around Cape Ann. In every little inlet and cove, it seemed like there were a group of divers. “God, I’d like to try that,” I thought. So I’d taken a set of swimming lessons at the Y–I couldn’t swim– and now, here I was, in the pool at Dedham, just paddling around in the shallows, to see if I would really like it. I loved it, and signed up for the certification course. Continue reading

Night Dive


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Thursday night, I did a night dive off Back Beach with a group from East Coast Divers. It was an awesome dive; the water was relatively warm, the dive was easy and we saw a lot of stuff.

The main point of a night dive is that things come out in the night that you can’t see during the day. And the highlight, for me, were the squids. I’d never seen them here in New England before, but I saw a bunch of them on this dive. We also saw a bunch of very small lobsters, a flounder, a small skate, and a shorthorn sculpin. Continue reading