The Camera Man
It is my utmost pleasure to start our new blog site with the portrait of a good friend of Beqa Lagoon Resort, a very special person – I am speaking of cinematographer, dive pioneer and business man Chuck Nicklin. In 1959 Chuck and several local diving enthusiasts and diving scientists from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, opened The Dive Locker in San Diego – one of the earliest dive stores in California.
Along with running the retail business, Chuck learned underwater photography from Ron Church and in the 1960’s and 70’s, his photo and film work gradually eclipsed his income from the retail business. As his expertise grew this allowed him to shoot catalogs, photograph for magazines and eventually become involved in film for major motion pictures such as The Deep, For Your Eyes Only, The Abyss, and Never Say Never Again.
Over the years Chuck has been the mentor to many people, including his own son Flip, a famous photographer and filmmaker in his own right, well-known IMAX filmmakers (and ISDHF Inductees) Howard and Michele Hall, and world famous photographer Marty Snyderman.
Chuck is member of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame since 2014.
Our friend Chuck has recently released a brand new book called “Camera Man, Stories of my life and adventures …”
The book will be available from November 1st on amazon.com in soft cover for $29.95 – you can get as well a hard cover for $50.00 signed and numbered, that’s the one I will go for myself. If you find amazon.com not personal enough you could come and visit DEMA 2015 in Orlando to get your personal copy signed by Chuck – he has promised to be as well at our booth for some time.
I have asked Chuck to be so kind and send me a few lines as to his relationship with Beqa Lagoon Resort for this blog and he was kind enough to send me the following lines.
“In the early 70’s on the way home from a dive trip to Vanuatu, a few friends and I heard of a new resort in Fiji. We managed to find our way to a tiny island called Beqa which had a new Marlin Bay Resort. At that time there were only 6 bures. Since that time, the resort had been renamed Beqa Lagoon Resort and we have been back there many many times. I have often been asked where is one of the best dive resorts for easy diving, great island atmosphere, and Beqa Lagoon always comes to mind first. The resort has grown and changed over the years but is always improving. Beqa Lagoon has 2 villages with the most friendly people, staff, and great accommodations with gourmet food.
I especially love the outdoor showers, and splash pools. The dive crew is one of the best anywhere! Last May for my wife, Roz birthday we dived the new Tiger Shark site called Cathedral. This is Beqa’s own shark dive location and I was blown away by how easy it was to dive with a spacious sandy bottom, and the amounts of fish and beautiful corals in that area. If I am lucky to be given the time, I will gladly return again. We feel we are part of the Fijian family as we have been to weddings and have known and made many friends and have seen their young kids grow up with families of their own. – Chuck Nicklin”
To end my little story I’d like to invite you again to visit at DEMA 2015, meet us at booth 1431 at the South Pacific Pavillion – if you do not find Chuck with us we’ll be able to point you in the right direction to meet and get your book signed. Last but not least a photo from this year I am very proud of – Chuck and myself at Beqa Lagoon Resort 🙂