Capt. Spencer Slate – Iconic Florida Keys Captain and Dive Center Owner
In this podcast I chat with Capt. Spencer Slate. Capt. Slate has been a Florida Keys diving icon since 1978 when he opened Slate’s Atlantis Dive Center. He is infamous for feeding barracuda from his mouth, and he has scars to show when the barracuda missed their snack. He is a larger than life character and has numerous diving stories.
Spencer began diving in 1972 with the YMCA Scuba Program taught by a legendary instructor William “Crawdaddy” Crawford. Slate was so impressed with the training of the YMCA Scuba Program that he became Chairman of the YMCA Scuba Program Board of Directors – holding that position longer than any other Board member. Slate has been featured in television shows, documentaries, and his fish-feeding escapades have graced the covers of virtually every scuba diving magazine in the diving industry.
Currently Capt. Slate can be seen actively leading dive trips at his new location, Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures Dive Center in Tavernier, Florida. He also carries on his tradition of marine life interaction on his weekly Creature Feature dive trips.
Items in this Podcast
- Slate’s Scuba Adventures
- YMCA Scuba Program
- Early days of scuba training
- Out of air panic on a deep wreck
- Feeding barracuda from his mouth
- Spanish gallons find during dives prank
- Creating Faces of Death video stunts
- Tips for divers
- Frazier Nivens video
Special thanks to our episode sponsor Aggressor Fleet
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