It was far from the end of the road for the V8 Ford in the background. We did another 200,000km before retiring the ‘old girl’.
Too much weight (projectors, film and diving gear) being carried eventually caused the damage here. Plus the 5km of rough dirt road that linked Seal Rocks to the holiday township of Forster on the mid north New South Wales coast.
The Ford did over 500,000 km around Australia. Since then a even greater ‘mileage’ in a Toyota 4Runner.
The \\Australian Seafari\\ film shows no longer occur – coinciding with a decline in scuba dive shop takings. I’d like to think there was some connection but as the decline is happening everywhere there are obviously other factors as to why scuba diving is no longer considered a must-do high adventure activity.
Scuba diving is not a ‘competitive sport’ and has never been one. It’s been something unique and better than a competitive recreation sport, yet only when sufficient time has been devoted to understanding all the aspects of what can be entailed.
In Taiwan there are two huge **ocean universities** which teach every known aspect of working with the sea.
In USA there is a \\university of surf\\ and also another for the hamburger industry.
Seems we are missing a good potential somewhere.