Pirates, cliche or realized, generally is the subject opening up an ensemble on escapism — fictionally or historically. Movie themed and book bound, their adventures always come with that eclectic lure of one constant part of overboard crew: the prevailing environment of the seas.
Nowadays the high seas takes on so many ideals. The recreational simplicity of surfing on to the ongoing dossier built by marine biology.
So adventure strikes a whole different vein searching for natural treasures off coastal waters in the oncoming season for “Diamond Divers”.
South Africa has one of the most dangerous coasts worldwide. Around a venturous expedition, Spike TV opens an original reality series with oceanic exploits airing June 20.
Captain John Aydelotte, a 35-years veteran mariner with a 1978 founding boatyard, and commercial diver from Forks, Washington Marty House are prepared to show their firsthand living with a cadre of four fellow crew members and substantiate the scope of risk and reward bordering the watery scape.
A conveyance (via over the phone) from diver/crew member Marty and Captain John relays how their careers are the bareboned aspects of professions that tides along modern day methods on waters bearing similar challenges since nautical measures sailed out from antiquity.
Examiner: First, congratulations in starring in this new series.
Marty: Ok, thank you.
Captain John: It was interesting and new that’s for sure.
Examiner: The countdown for the pilot episode is almost here. How are you dealing about it all? Going to watch it with family and friends?
Marty: I’m really excited about it. I’m really looking forward to sharing this. It was quite an adventure.
Captain John: Oh, we’re going to go down to the casino and watch it at the sports bar with a bunch of screens. You know, all that good stuff.
Examiner: Excellent. Now, Marty, you’ve been diving for quite a while, correct?
Marty: I’ve been commercial diving for about three years. In between then I’ve been jumping around.
Examiner: How did you come into diving?
Marty: I’ve always been an adventure seeker. Then around high school I came across this book that answered some questions about it. I went out and learned it for from there I eventually became a diver.
Examiner: Captain John, how did you come into your career early on?
Captain John: Oh, out of high school. Got a summer job working on boats at the docks … I liked going out and entertaining my customers. Being on the waterfront day in and day out it was a great summer job after high school. My family has land on a waterfront in Texas and for family vacations we go down there. I learned to water-ski and drive boats.
Examiner: Okay. Now, prior to “Diamond Divers” what stands out from amongst your experiences at sea?
Marty: Well, at first diving wasn’t what I expected. A lot of things I didn’t expect a lot of what happened.
Captain John: Oh any rescue job is exciting. You get your adrenaline up when the call comes in and having to be more radical and sane than others. You know when you go out against Mother Nature you don’t get the hand you wished for. You get to see the psychology of it, people holding on to save their own lives and getting out there with the divers to make a difference.
Examiner: Now in these episodes you refer to yourself and the crew as pirates. What brought about that kind of description?
Captain John: Well it comes from we have the same tools and the same skill set. On the other hand we’re just like ambulance drivers and firefighters. We work to save lives and property and – you know, it’s a double-edged sword. We charge a whole lot of money for our services that includes our licensing and keeping the equipment to government regulations. Plus all the training.
Examiner: On “Diamond Divers” what were some of the challenges between you and the rest of the team working off the South African coast in comparison to any time before?
Marty: Well I expected difficulties but there were some things beyond difficult. Having to do things a whole another way. And definitely a whole different creature. I got along with the crew but at first that was difficult.
Captain John: There were a lot things that were pretty much the same. The seas were bigger than we had experienced. There were a lot of reefs along the coast and some outrageous activities so there was significant exposure at any time out there … we couldn’t get some things from the native landscape … it was different without some of the equipment we’re used to. Some of it was adaptation to working with sub-standard equipment.
Examiner: Besides being captured on camera and being in South Africa, was there any significant differences working out there?
Marty: Things were a lot different. The people were great over there … The differences were the safety regulations over there. If something happened they don’t have international help. The coast is a bit rougher, a lot of rougher waves.
Examiner: The waters then were a bit more of a challenge?
Marty: Definitely, very unpredictable.
Examiner: You had worked with the other diver before?
Marty: That’s my best friend. We learned how to dive at the same time. So we graduated together. Later we lived together, and went out and got into trouble together. That’s the way its always been.
Even comic books can’t ignore the notion alluring life at sea in genres portraying scientific expeditions, romanticized piracy or treasure hunting. Whether the Maryland-resider Daniel Govar‘s bringing the webcomic Azure, Image Comics deep diving thriller The Vault, the adventuristic espionage of Revolutionary War privateer The Black Coat from digital comics publisher Ape Entertainment.
Examiner: There’s a lot of comic book movies out these days, movies like “The Avengers” and “Sin City”. If you were called in aa a consultant for a scene at sea, what would you like to see put into this movie?
Captain John: First it would have to be on the water … Without a doubt there would be crazy dangers. You know then some motorcycle scenes in there a la Tom Cruise. Then some sort of tension whether it’s battling Mother Nature or showing that at certain points when working Nature doesn’t go the way you want it to and complications come along. And all those things we usually do. That type of adventure it’s ordinary experiences under extraordinary circumstances.
Marty: Wow. That’s a tough question. I don’t watch a lot of comic book movies …
Examiner: Alright, then out of this first season what situations really stood out to you for viewers to catch in the upcoming episodes?
Marty: Uhm, there were a lot different things. I haven’t seen the episodes yet. I’d say the storm. That was definitely something …. Overall it’s [“Diamond Diver” episodes] pretty entertaining.
Captain John: Obviously the adventure of the show. There are things that are quite spectacular. It was going out in little boats. There was bailing out water during a big storm; it was exciting and nerve wracking at the danger of it. It’s [the show] an adventure all the way. From working underwater to being on the boat. With the crew there’s great knowledge but then there’s the practical jokes. Lot of practical jokes and all of them were new.
Examiner: That brings me to another point, was there a time when the team was in synch after a lot of personnel friction?
Captain John: Yeah, exactly. Jason – my son- and I don’t work well together on a regular basis so we up and get the tensions going. We’re always watching what each other’s up to and anticipating what the other is doing. It was good to bring somebody into that level of teamwork. And not everyone were team players all the time and that made a challenge for me.
Then before the discussion’s end:
Marty: Oh, hey I got something to change from a movie. Those “Twilight” movies. I grew up around there and it’s no place for vampires! (laughs)
Catch “Diamond Divers” on Spike TV, premiering on June 20 at 10p.m. ET.