Local divers participate in the annual underwater contest off Redondo Beach
By Tim Clifford
Some Halloween traditions are of the spooky and spine tingling variety. Other traditions, such as the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest held on Redondo Beach, are geared more towards testing technical skills and coordination than giving a fright.
Setting out from a small beach near Salty’s and Mast Center on Sunday, Oct.26 nearly 20 local divers hit the water fully geared and with Jack-o-lanterns in hand just after 1 p.m. Hosted by Federal Way’s Underwater Sports, prizes ranged from underwater flash lights to scuba fins for place holders in the contest.
The rules of the contest each year are simple: each contestant is given 30 minutes to carve their pumpkin while completely submerged. No pre-contest cuts or stenciling are allowed. Finally all contestants are required to dive in groups of two, in accordance with the “buddy system” that PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) promotes to ensure the safety of all divers.More ›