Michele Hall

Ten Questions with Michele Hall
Q. When / where did you start diving? A. I received my NASDS certification in May 1975 in San Diego Q. What motivated you to become a diver? A. I moved to San Diego in July 1973 from the mid-west. A couple of years later I was dating a man who was a sport diver and I decided to get my certification so we could share the experience. This turned out to have been a good move. This is where I met my future husband: Howard Hall was a dive instructor at the San Diego Diving Locker. Q. Where have you been? A. I've been fortunate over the last 30 years to have dived a number of places, starting with my own backyard: California's Channel Islands. I later explored the waters of the Cayman Islands, Cocos Island (Costa Rica), Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Hawaii (Kona and Maui), the Tuamotu Islands, the Solomon Islands, Philippine Islands, the Sea of Cortez, the Gulf of Mexico (Flower Gardens Marine Sanctuary and Stetson Bank), the Bahamas, Bonaire, Cancun, Cozumel, British Columbia, Australia (South Australia, Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea), Belize... Q. What dive related accomplishments are you most proud of? A. I'm fortunate that I've been able to turn my avocation into a vocation. During the past 15 years I've producing 7 major hour-long films for television including a National Geographic Special, and 2 IMAX feature films. This has allowed me to share the beauty of our oceans with millions of viewers, and has also provided the means for publicizing important conservation issues concerning our oceans. Q. What will the sport of diving be like 20 years from now? A. I think technical diving will play an increasingly larger role in undersea exploration, allowing divers to stay longer and go deeper. Q. Who do you admire in the diving community? A. Stan Waterman and Howard Hall are at the top of my list. Q. Do you have any pre-dive, dive, or deco rituals? A. Just before jumping in the water I check for currents and then proceed, going down the anchor line if there is a current, and in any case always being sure that I can navigate back to the boat. At the end of the dive I follow a conservative profile of safety stops starting with a stop for a minute or 2 at ½ of my deepest depth, and ending with a minimum of 3 minutes at 10 feet. Often I stay longer to just looking around, savor the quiet time, and to review in my mind what I just experienced. Depending on where I am, this also might be a chance to see a manta ray or whale shark swim by! Q. Do you have any advice for a new drysuit diver? A. On one of your training dives, find a shallow spot where you rest on the bottom at between 10-15 feet. Then begin removing weight until you're neutrally buoyant. Try to avoid carrying any more weight than you have left on at that point. Q. Where can people find out more about you, your photography, and films? A. At www.howardhall.com Michele Hall Michele Hall Michele Hall