The School of Continued Oceanic Education is experiencing an exponential growth in its enrollment. The attractive nature of the course load, along with the submerged classroom environment, seem to have this year’s attendance near an all time high. The crew at Whalebone tracked down a few of the more advanced students in the school’s photography program to survey them on their experiences with ongoing classes. All students were asked the same question: “If there is one lesson that the ocean/water has taught you, that you’ve applied to your life, what would it be?” The following is a series featuring each’s response in both words and photos.
“My time in the ocean has taught me that it stops for no one. Analogous with the universe, the ocean treats us all as grains of the sand, and can change its tune in a moments notice, in directions we can never predict. Whether swimming out at Teahupoo with my camera, free diving with humpback whales, spearfishing in central california or surfing flawless Rincon, comfort is never an option with the ocean, only respect. and in that respect for the ocean’s grand being, comes a state of awe, that will forever fuel my fire to document and experience the sea.”