This event should be of interest to all Vintage Equipment Divers and will most likely be the last of its kind.
All cast members will be using and wearing period correct gear as documented by hours of Sea Hunt episode viewing.
If you happen to be in Florida on Memorial Day Weekend, 2011, come visit Silver Springs and see where many of the episodes of the TV show were filmed. Recreation of many of the scenes from the show can be viewed from the Historical Glass Bottom Boats.
“Hello there. I’m __________. Skin diving is fun and adventure for young and old, but it can be dangerous, so know the sport well and don’t take any chances.”
If you said Lloyd Bridges or Mike Nelson then you are absolutely correct. And it was with these famous words, the Sea Hunt TV showe ended week after week from 1958-1961. Millions of viewers were enthralled by the exploits of Lloyd Bridges' portrayal of Mike Nelson, an ex-frogman, who fought bad guys underwater. Many divers today contribute the Sea Hunt TV show as the beginning of sport diving. Silver Springs was paramount in the production of Sea Hunt as over 100 of the 155 episodes were filmed in the Springs.
Silver Springs will present a one-time only event on May 28 and 29, 2011 that will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the final year of Sea Hunt's first run episodes. Vintage scuba divers from all over the US and Canada will dive in the Spring in scuba gear authentic to the TV show. Glass Bottom Boat guests will literally have a "bird's eye" view of these divers reenacting many of the exciting knife fights including the legendary "hose-cutting".
Alec Peirce, a noted Sea Hunt expert, will display his collection of original TV items and memorabilia that the show generated.
Come visit Silver Springs and view the divers, talk to some of the original actors and stunt people from the TV show and compare the dive gear of the 1950s with today's modern equipment. Kids will love learning how many of the special effects were produced on the show. This event will be a unique view of a period of diving history and TV shows of 50 years ago.
I'm wondering if this will be like the scuba equivalent of a Star Trek convention? How many Mike Nelsons can you count... or, "Hey man, you aren't as big a Sea Hunt fan as I am, if you were, you'd know that I'm supposed to be the guy in episode twenty-three, I cleaned Mike's mask before he..." Sounds like fun! Jaybird