John Smythe is a well-respected commercial abalone diver on the south coast of NSW and has been for the past 36 years. His passion for the ocean in its entirety is obvious and there is simply not enough time in one short clip to demonstrate the vast knowledge he has about the underwater world.

The intimate relationship John shares with the sea is both admirable and enviable. As a surfer, he was on the ultimate search for a career that would allow him to continue his lifelong habit of surfing the coast.

Abalone diving ticked all the right boxes.

By Carly McTavish

Photos: John Smythe and Carly McTavish
Sound effects: Luftrum, digifishmusic, rhedcerulean and kijjiz found on

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