Mount Pleasant Magazine July/August 2022

31 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com Untold numbers of people have visited the Lowcountry with an eye toward enjoying the marshes, creeks and beautiful beaches. Luckily, there are great opportunities for fun both underneath and atop those welcoming waters. A good place to start is Carolina Dive Locker, the Lowcountry’s premier center for scuba, free diving and spearfishing. Conveniently located where Coleman turns into Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Carolina Dive Locker is an SSI Diamond and PADI accredited dive training center, offering certification classes among many other services. The Locker was founded by former U.S. Navy diver Jeff Eidenberger. A Michigan native, his passion for underwater exploration was spawned by the many lakes in his home state. He mastered scuba while in the service before becoming a certified hard hat diver. Eidenberg logged many hours exploring sub-surface wrecks, including the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor. Now he is eager to share his love with those willing to learn. The master diver quickly learned “many people have wanted to try scuba here and, if they liked it, they’ve gone on to earn the certifications that would allow them to dive at the most exotic and challenging spots in the world.” Eidenberger stressed that from a novice’s first dive to his or her highest certification, safety is the first rule. New divers are trained and tested in a controlled environment, currently a swimming pool. When a new diver “graduates,” he or she can then take a ride on the Locker’s dive boat to Water, Water Everywhere BY B I L L FARLEY feature Your Guide to Exploring the Lowcountry Coast Jet Sk i i ng wi th Ti da l Wave Water spor t s .