About


A Little about myself

Sailing

Sailing

I was born in Bakersfield, Ca. However I grew up in Southern Africa. We lived in Malawi.(Where my namesake John Chilembwe was from)and in Lesotho. The coldest winter I ever spent was in August in Lesotho. Who knew it snowed in Africa? Both countries have their unique charms and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a visit to either. The lush tropical environment in Malawi and the variety of terrain within a small country means you can see more wildlife then almost anywhere you can imagine. The rugged mountain peaks in Lesotho though are truly breathtaking and places like Semonkong make you realize how small we are on this huge earth.
I was named after John Chilembwe.
I completed my ‘O’ level exams when I was 16 years old and returned to the United States to get an American High School diploma.

Christmas in Lesotho

Christmas in Lesotho

After graduation I joined the U.S. Coast Guard and spent four years doing search and rescue on the Northern California coast. I was stationed primarily at the Noyo river station in Fort Bragg Ca, assigned to the cutter “Point Ledge” and mlb44371. This was a unique experience as most coast guard units at the time required you to be assigned to a cutter or small boat station not both. Our chief decided we should have more medical training so during my time in the coast guard I became an EMT and trained as a rescue swimmer.

USCG MLB 44371

USCG MLB 44371

Coast guard rescue training Fort Bragg California

Coast guard rescue training Fort Bragg California

I attended commercial diving school in Long beach California, after completing school I was looking for a job when hurricane Andrew hit. I hurried to Louisiana where I was put to work offshore just a day after arriving. I worked the next few years as a tender and commercial diver doing underwater construction on oil rigs, inspection of drinking water reservoirs and other underwater tasks. I was trained as a medic at commercial dive school and Global divers continued my training to become hyperbaric medic trained as well as a certified DMT. I’ve also worked as an EMT, a security guard and as a Medical Assistant.

Napping after a hard shift offshore

Napping after a hard shift offshore

sunset offshore

sunset offshore


I first wrote a web page in 1995. That was the start of CaptNemo’s home- a single page composed of a mess of links and graphics.  It evolved to My old page and then into what is today- my domain name at
CaptNemo’s Home


My Favorite Interests and Hobbies Are:

CAVING

Gaming

Travel

Photography


Drinking water resevoir inspection with a miller helmet, Long Beach Ca.

Drinking water resevoir inspection with a miller helmet, Long Beach Ca.

Sail boat inspection using a hookah rig.

Sail boat inspection using a hookah rig.

Drinking water inspection Article from Signal Hill during inspections of the drinking water reservoirs

Noyo Coast Guard

Fort Bragg Advocate article about a busy time at Noyo Harbour.

Students at UAG

Students at UAG,
Studying medical terminology at UAG

Sight seeing in Guadalajara

Sight seeing in Guadalajara



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Like Captain Nemo’s voyage’s into the sea, we drift the endless currents of the internet.
Where will we surface next? Only the Captain truly knows.Dive in with Captain Nemo.

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11 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi
    I am going to Guatemala in 1 week, and really want to visit the Rio Oqueba caves that you did. Unfortunately, the map you have does not identify exactly the entrance to the caves, and none of the locals I have spoken to seem to know it either.
    Please please could you guide me to the caves!!
    Ian

    • We only visited the one cave on the Oqueba river and I couldn’t tell you how
      to get there- it was a fairly remote area, dirt road so you’d need a good
      vehicle and guide to get there. Our trip was led by Ric Finch- his tour
      company is http://www.rutahsa.com/
      So perhaps he can give you more info. You’ll definetly need good vertical
      equipment and skills- there are several drops to rig and the rigging point
      for the last one is fairly far back from the falls so you have to take great
      care not to get swept over. I actually preferred Candelaria a much easier
      cave with fantastic scenery, but it was great that we got to visit several
      caves while in Guatemala.
      Hope your trip goes well.
      John

  2. Nice one, there are actually some worthwhile ideas on this blog some of my associates might find this worthwhile, I must send them a link, thank you.

  3. You’ve had an interesting life 🙂 My parents sent their old bicycles to Malawi when they were too old to ride them any more. There was nothing wrong with them but, of course, they were unfashionable nowadays so no-one here would take them. I’m sure they’re being appreciated out there though!
    Carol.

      • they’re very resourceful at keeping everything running there. I love going somewhere like that and seeing all the old cars we used to have but in working condition! Mind you, they probably don’t have our MOT inspections…

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