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I'm hanging it up.

Bill McIntyre

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I had a hard time deciding which forum to post this in, or if I should post it at all. My diving has included periods of spearing, shell collecting, photography and sight seeing, but it started with spearfishing and ended with it, so it's in the Spearo Board.

I started diving when I was maybe 13 in Florida and am 85 now, so I guess that's about 72 years. After I graduated from college I spent 20 years as a USMC pilot and that gave me the opportunity to dive in the Philippines, Wake Island, Guam, Hawaii, Okinawa, California, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Mexico, and even Guantanamo Bay Cuba once. I was also stationed in places like Mississippi and Vietnam where diving was not possible but those periods were blessedly short. Since retiring from the USMC I've lived in California.

It's not easy deciding when to quit but it had to be sometimes so it's now. My buddies have had to help me get into my booties and wet suit for three years. I had four injections to my spine recently and they didn't help. If there is much current, I have to choose between swimming against it or diving, but not both. I could keep diving a bit, but I don't want to put some guys the age of my grandsons in the position of having to save my old ass. I just spent two weeks selling every bit of my diving gear, so now it's too late to go back. I still have to find a buyer for the boat, but I won't be tempted to use it without any diving gear. I've been diving, thinking about diving, reading about diving, etc. for so long that it's going to be hard to figure out what to do when I grow up. I'll still be checking this place every day out of habit and will probably post now and then, but I'm not a spearo. I'm a has been spearo.
 
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Most people of your age are already dead, let alone diving... What you have accomplished is amazing. But there is always snorkeling on the surface that beats the hell out of everything else! My dad was 82 when we went to Bonaire together and he saw some cool stuff underwater. He practically could not dive. Dementia took him at 85 but he was swimming at the pool at 84. So you should feel accomplished - you have an enviable biography!
 
Most people of your age are already dead, let alone diving... What you have accomplished is amazing. But there is always snorkeling on the surface that beats the hell out of everything else! My dad was 82 when we went to Bonaire together and he saw some cool stuff underwater. He practically could not dive. Dementia took him at 85 but he was swimming at the pool at 84. So you should feel accomplished - you have an enviable biography!
Thanks
 
Ah, sorry you had to make that decision! But I understand why. When I read your posts I always know that it will be "Truth" coming from decades of experience. Hope to keep hearing from you!
 
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I had a hard time deciding which forum to post this in, or if I should post it at all. My diving has included periods of spearing, shell collecting, photography and sight seeing, but it started with spearfishing and ended with it, so it's in the Spearo Board.

I started diving when I was maybe 13 in Florida and am 85 now, so I guess that's about 72 years. After I graduated from college I spent 20 years as a USMC pilot and that gave me the opportunity to dive in the Philippines, Wake Island, Guam, Hawaii, Okinawa, California, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Mexico, and even Guantanamo Bay Cuba once. I was also stationed in places like Mississippi and Vietnam where diving was not possible but those periods were blessedly short. Since retiring from the USMC I've lived in California.

It's not easy deciding when to quit but it had to be sometimes so it's now. My buddies have had to help me get into my booties and wet suit for three years. I had four injections to my spine recently and they didn't help. If there is much current, I have to choose between swimming against it or diving, but not both. I could keep diving a bit, but I don't want to put some guys the age of my grandsons in the position of having to save my old ass. I just spent two weeks selling every bit of my diving gear, so now it's too late to go back. I still have to find a buyer for the boat, but I won't be tempted to use it without any diving gear. I've been diving, thinking about diving, reading about diving, etc. for so long that it's going to be hard to figure out what to do when I grow up. I'll still be checking this place every day out of habit and will probably post now and then, but I'm not a spearo. I'm a has been spearo.
I knew you had been chewing on a difficult decision. Sorry to hear its final.

"has been spearo"s are still very valuable people. I hope to hear from you frequently.

Go with God, my friend.
 
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I hope you can still stay active, on land, by exercising still or finding new activities. That's awesome you've had opportunities to dive in so many places and I bet you've seen a lot of things and sights most haven't. Hopefully you have pictures to show and brag about.
 
Sad to read Bill, we sure will miss you , or will you (please) stay on the forum?? [Just re-read your message, and you say that you expect to keep checking in, that's good :) ] You've been a good friend and a great mentor to all of us.

Odd, I was thinking about you just last week, wondering how long you could keep doing all this! My father-in-law is 85 now, still driving but recently it has been getting harder.

Well done Bill! Thanks for all the help and wisdom you've so generously shared with us over the years :). And please keep coming back here ;) .
 
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Sad to read Bill, we sure will miss you , or will you (please) stay on the forum?? [Just re-read your message, and you say that you expect to keep checking in, that's good :) ] You've been a good friend and a great mentor to all of us.

Odd, I was thinking about you just last week, wondering how long you could keep doing all this! My father-in-law is 85 now, still driving but recently it has been getting harder.

Well done Bill! Thanks for all the help and wisdom you've so generously shared with us over the years :). And please keep coming back here ;) .
"My father-in-law is 85 now, still driving" Driving or diving?
 
"My father-in-law is 85 now, still driving" Driving or diving?
:D. I noticed that too but decided not to edit my post yet again! Driving not diving. Although he did often come to the beach with me when I dived, he usually fished from shore (angling with a rod and reel) or went for a walk.

I know of no other diver to match or even come close to Bill's impressive longevity :)

I did once see a very competent 106 year old woman car driver on TV once. Impressive.
 
:D. I noticed that too but decided not to edit my post yet again! Driving not diving. Although he did often come to the beach with me when I dived, he usually fished from shore (angling with a rod and reel) or went for a walk.

I know of no other diver to match or even come close to Bill's impressive longevity :)

I did once see a very competent 106 year old woman car driver on TV once. Impressive.
Judging by your avatar photo is your father's-in-law name Q by any chance?
 
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Though I'm relatively new to the sport and the forum, I truly appreciate the insights you've left online over the last 2 decades. Whether you know it or not, your messages and posts will be an inspiring beacon of knowledge and passion that future generations, including my own, will stumble upon when learning about this sport we all love.

Hope to keep seeing you pop in every now and then and if you ever want to get in the water again, I'm sure there will be plenty who would be honored to go out with you. Thanks Bill!
 
I can only imagine the difficulty in making that decision. I hope you find joy in hanging around and sharing your wisdom with the rest of us. Good luck.
 
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