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Yep. It’s official. 

Today, September 1st, 2022 – the 35th anniversary of the day I enlisted in the Marines – Spartan Scuba & Dive Team has become a reality. 

I’m going to take is slow for the first couple of years. I want to build a nice, solid group of divers to team with and train. Just as others need to grow and develop, so do I. And so does this new creature, and it will take time and energy for that to happen. 

The good news? I’m not in a hurry. Just like all things SCUBA diving, fast is SLOW, and slow is smooth. Nothing here will be forced into being.

The other good news? It’s mine. Sure, I will share the creation, management, and operation of whatever this becomes, but at the end of the day it will be done my way… hence the photo. 


I don’t think I’m the best. And I certainly don’t think my way is the only way. But I do believe three very basic tenets that are and will be the bedrock of this organization:

  • First, do no harm.
  • Mastery is nothing more than mastery of the basics.
  • Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should!

It is from here that everything else will grow and develop.

I hope to see you out there, training hard, and diving easy. 

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Doc Strand

An eight year Marine Corps veteran, Dr. Strand discovered Chinese medicine as a last resort when recovering from a military related injury. He has since dedicated his life to the practice of medicine; a doctor to all - a healer to many. In recent years he has turned to SCUBA diving as a meditation aid in his quest for ultimate peace. The desire to share that gift led to the creation of Spartan Scuba. Doc’s experiences and travels abroad impact not only his writing style, but his passion for life, scuba, and medicine.

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