Dive Profile | André JE Musgrove of The Bahamas
André JE Musgrove grew up on the picturesque island of Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas. He taught himself to swim at the tender age of three, and the crystal clear waters surrounding the 16 main islands of The Bahamas have been an inspiration all his life. He learned to freedive at a young age and is also a scuba diving instructor. Now working as a freelance specialist in underwater photography and cinematography, André remains as passionate about the ocean as ever
'I grew up around the ocean and my dad has always been into boating and fishing and would take me with him whenever he went out,' said André. 'I tried freediving for the very first time when I was about 9 years old while on a spearfishing trip with my dad, and freediving has become very popular in The Bahamas with ample areas to discover on many of the islands.'
One of the most popular freediving locations in The Bahamas is Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island, where many freediving competitions have been held, and several world records set, the last being in 2015 when New Zealander William Trubridge successfully made an impressive 122m dive.
André's learned to scuba dive at the age of sixteen, when he completed his PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water certifications. He followed up with his training over the next few years, eventually becoming a scuba diving instructor, working at the renowned Stuart Cove's Nassau-based dive centre.
Along the way, André decided to start documenting his adventures. 'My underwater photography journey started back in 2014 with my beloved GoPro Hero 3+, one of the best gifts I've ever received.' André’s latest video, entitled ‘Bahamas Below’, is an amalgamation of shots from numerous dives around The Bahamas, showcasing the beautiful waters where the corals and marine life of the islands are front and centre.
André’s diving and photographic abilities have allowed him to fully explore the breath-taking dive spots around Nassau. 'It's hard to decide on one favourite spot because Nassau alone has so many,' he said, 'however, if I had to pick just one, it would be South West Reef on the southwest side of New Providence.
'Luckily many of the most spectacular sites are covered by Stuart Cove’s. Probably the most famous is the daily shark dive that attracts anywhere from 20 to 40 Caribbean reef sharks to a feed.'
In his downtime, André volunteers with The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF), a non-governmental, non-profit Bahamian foundation which is committed to educating people about the value of the marine environment around the Bahamas, and the need for its conservation in order to sustainably preserve the country's way of life.
'The diving experience in The Bahamas is one of the best in the world with the large variety of natural beauties in our crystal clear waters,' said André. 'Wall dives, shark families, blue holes, underwater caves and shallow wrecks; there's always something new to explore.
'My goal is to travel The Bahamas and explore some of the most well-known and not so well known sites that the waters have to offer.'
To dive some of the beautiful Bahamian locations mentioned in André's profile, contact Dive Worldwide at diveworldwide.com/discover/bahamas, or telephone in the UK at +44 (0)1962 302 087