The trick to underwater egg hunting is to go long
KADENA MARINA, Okinawa — Apparently there’s strategy involved in an underwater Easter egg hunt.
On Saturday morning, a couple of airmen discussed lessons learned from last year’s hunt as they waited for the 18th Services-sponsored, scuba-diving event to begin.
The key to winning the good prizes — which are raffled off using numbers found in the eggs — is to find the eggs dropped far out in Kadena Marina, they said.
“All the crappy prizes are up front,” Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Borud said, holding up the key chain he won last year. The airmen decided it was best to search for the eggs with their dive partner because the rules say you have to come up together and it was too easy to lose sight of each other, given the low visibility.
“We’ve been devising a plan for a year,” Borud laughed.
Tech Sgt. Jon Alkonis jokingly chimed in: “You’re not going to put this in the paper, are you? Because it’s top secret.”
Seventy-two teams of two participated Saturday in the underwater Easter egg hunt. The day before, 500 plastic eggs with weights attached with fishing wire were scattered all over the marina.
The 144 divers had 45 minutes to search for the eggs, with each team allowed to collect six. They could win prizes ranging from a water bottle to an underwater digital camera.
Some divers came out of the water in just minutes and others lingered for the full time allotted.
“It’s bad down there — almost zero visibility,” Marine Staff Sgt. Jason Daniels said after emerging with eggs in hand.
So how do you find the eggs?
“Go to the bottom, spread your arms like angel wings and hopefully snag yourself on some fishing wire.”