All about Danielle


Welcome to Danielle’s Dives!

My name is Danielle and I am married to Richard. Both of us in our fabulous forties…young enough to have fun and old enough to know better. We have one 16 year old named Brandon. I am self employed and own Scentsations in the Merritt Square Mall in Merritt Island Florida. Huge boutique gift store that carries everything gift related from Yankee candle to fragrance lampes, Willow Tree, Jim shore and just about anything your little heart desires. Come visit us and mention my blog for 10% off.

I recently got certified about 2 years ago after taking numerous trips to the keys and snorkeling for 15 years in 60 foot depths out on the boats with the divers. Snorkeling is a wonderful platform for diving and I have been fortunate to meet some good peeps along the way who taught us a thing or two. I did my classes at American Divers in Merritt Island, Florida but I did my checkout dives in the Corn Islands of Nicaragua. (Great FDC, Pescada Frito, and Coco Bread). Will write about that later. Anyway, hubby took the plunge with me so we had a common “hobby”. I am a treasure seeker, always looking in the nooks and crannies for little “treasures”. Richard is the hunter. Searching for the big great whale shark. LOL. I am wanting to eventually become a dive master. He is happy with open water. We have battled through most of the common phobias and decided this summer is going to be all about Florida shore diving. We are working out a buddy system that works for us. Our own little language and signs while we are under the deep blue sea. Being an independent business owner we strive to support the Mom and Pops across America on our travels. We prefer to stay in the little places and eat with the locals. I like to know who gets my money. LOL. I post on Scubaboard and it is a great resource for all things diving. On scubaboard I am floridanewbe’s-wife while Rich is floridanewbe. Not so new anymore!

When we started to dive, we found it hard to find information conveniently to answer our scuba questions. Where to dive, what to use, what did we just see, what dive shop to use were just a few of our questions. My goal is to make it easier for other divers to expand their horizons and also to develop a network of people who love to dive in Florida, around Florida and also love shore diving.
I also want to help educate people around me to be more conscientious of how they have an impact on our oceans and everything that lives there. Our oceans hide an incredible amount of uncharted territory and treasures. I boycott BP gas for the atrocious negligent spill that took place off our coastlines. It is my small way to make them more accountable for their actions. I also take out plastic, bottle, trash and other things I find on my dives. This year I am committed to do my first shore cleanup dive.

Check out some of my favorite links here, above in menu or on the side.
I post the dive conditions weekly if I am diving that week. I am not in the water this week so no updated conditions but check the quick link at top of page. I am working on a comprehensive shore dive site analysis for the east coast of Florida. I am also learning how to catch my own dinner and will be posting recipes soon.

My favorite posts
Let’s talk Sharks!
Goliath Grouper Mating Season to start
Florida State Parks
Vero Beach Shore diving report #1
Vero Beach Shore diving report #1
Sea Fan Disease – Aspergillosis of sea fan corals

So once again welcome, stay a while, make a comment or two and PLEASE let me know if there is a dive site you would personally recommend or a dive boat experience that runs 6 packs and is not a cattle boat.

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11 Responses to All about Danielle

  1. ken says:

    lots of good info thanks!!! always surf a lot and spend lots of time in the water just havent got certified yet but hopefully will be doing that in the near future. here is some video of just free diving around south florida..nothing special

  2. Beth, divingsiren @ scubaboard says:

    Per your suggestion on scubaboard, just checking your blog! Great blog, and a lot of interesting facts about sharks and shore diving. My OW instructor showed us a video he had spent years trying to get of the Lemon sharks (I guess they come closer to shore during mating season?)…it was amazing. I am only getting started diving, so I don’t know if I feel comfortable doing diving outside of a planned trip through an LDS or meetup group…maybe one day!

    • Welcome Beth. We shore dive alot during the warmer Florida months due to the fact it is difficult for us to get multiple days off with two retail stores. We make the most of the time we have. I am planning a couple of trips in winter after Christmas season is over. Watch my posts for the ABC islands.

  3. I just found your blog, it’s great to get information about diving in Florida! we consider coming to combine shore diving with cave divingas Florida is very famous for it, plus DEMA show is every 2 years in Florida… 🙂

  4. Josh coville says:

    Hey Danielle, my name is Josh and live in Vero Beach FL can you tell me about ft pierce? My email is josh.coville@gmail.com. Thanks

  5. Patrizia Cantori-Sullivan says:

    Hi Danielle, Love all the exciting things you do, but I’m not so crazy about your online shop! I ordered an item almost a month ago and I haven’t received it. I left you several inquiry messages and have not heard from anyone. What’s up??? I ordered a Bogg Beach Tote as a gift for my daughter and I would really like to know if I’m going to get it. Thanks a bunch! Be safe out there in those waters!

  6. Siddharth Biniwale says:

    Hey Danielle, It was nice to see information regarding Sand reefs on your blog. I am s research student and working on marine ichology, West coast of Maharashtra, India. I had been studying architecture of Sand reefs I encountered during field works, India. Could you please share snaps of reef you have observed during diving and comments on animal behavior if any. It will be of grate help.
    Siddharth Biniwale
    email add- sakhasiddha@gmail.com

  7. geo says:

    Hi..is th water clear enough to enjoy in panama city bch??? I want to try it. Where do u dive any info=gr8..thx

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