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  • June 27, 2022 10:40 AM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    Upcoming trips 2022:

    • East End Grand Cayman, July 9-16, 2022  - New Destination: Compass Point Dive Resort & Ocean Frontiers dive shop:
    • Saba - land based - by ferry from St Marten - October 8-15, 2022 - $1,800. 11 dives, Breakfast and Dinner, tips. - A few spots remain open; Special bonus - we are holding a group ticket for the next signup

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Trip is full
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - 1 spot might be open  
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023 (this trip will be advertised at our October meeting)

    Upcoming trips 2024:

    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, New dates: July 23 - Aug 2, 2024
    • We will start to look at extensions - as a group or individually - prior to the boat
    • If interested, call Nils, or wait for the trip to be advertised again


    Preliminary Fiji Trip report - Fiji, May 2022 - and Covid-19 update

    16 people went to Volivoli and Garden Island (Taveuni). Weather was great - except for the day a tropical system went by - hundreds of miles away. Diving was great - expect to see the full collection of pictures in a few weeks on our clubs photo-site.

    Unfortunately half the group caught a Covid-19 infection.  The quarantine delay ranged from 3 to 8 days. In summary, everybody made it home safely, Nobody needed to be hospitalized. One more infection was detected only after arriving home - for a total of 9 out of 16. A few divers spent weeks before fully recovering. Many of us are still waiting for the insurance claims to settle.

    In general - the Covid-19 restrictions for travel worldwide are being reduced or eliminated: we did not have to pre-test to get into Fiji; we did need a negative test to board the Fiji Air planes homebound. For Cayman the requirement to pretest was just canceled (effective 6/30); the US no longer requires a pre-test to travel home. We are vigorously watching the requirements for Saba and Indonesia.

    In general - Covid-19 is not gone but have developed in a more and more benign direction (less bad consequences than in the early days). Self protection is still desired and occasionally needed - and since we never know when - we have to do it all the time [Mandated protection - Masks and distancing rules - are also being relaxed around the world.

    The one requirements that stands - in most countries around the world - is that entry is contingent on vaccination status. And just a reminder - the event in Fiji - highlights the need for adequate travel insurance including the "newest element" - coverage for quarantine, only [rather than hospital confinement]. Dependent on country - this insurance is sometimes a requirement for entry - in other cases it is voluntary - but always strongly recommended.

  • May 24, 2022 9:23 PM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    Upcoming trips 2022:

    • East End Grand Cayman, July 9-16, 2022  - New Destination: Compass Point Dive Resort & Ocean Frontiers dive shop:
    • Saba - land based - by ferry from St Marten - October 8-15, 2022 - $1,800. 11 dives, Breakfast and Dinner, tips. - A few spots remain open; Special bonus - we are holding a group ticket for the next signup

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Room for 1 single female
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - 1 (or 2) spots might be open  
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023 (this trip will be advertised at our Sept meeting)

    Upcoming trips 2024:

    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, New dates: July 23 - Aug 2, 2024
    • We will start to look at extensions - as a group or individually - prior to the boat
    • If interested, call Nils, or wait for the trip to be advertised again
  • April 28, 2022 2:00 PM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    Upcoming trips 2022:

    • Fiji, Volivoli, May 10-17, 2022 – Fiji’s newest land based resort –– There are spots available at different prices - Because of Covid-19 we are still selling at 2020 prices.
    • Fiji Garden Islands Resort, Taveuni, May 16-24/27; Please call Nils
    • East End Grand Cayman, July 9-16, 2022  - New Destination: Compass Point Dive Resort & Ocean Frontiers dive shop:
    • Saba - land based - by ferry from St Marten - October 8-15, 2022 - $1,800. 11 dives, Breakfast and Dinner, tips. - A few spots remain open; Special bonus - we are holding a group ticket for the next 2 signups 

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Room for 1 single female
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - 1 (or 2) spots might be open  
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023 (this trip will be advertised at our Sept meeting)

    Upcoming trips 2024:

    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, New dates: July 23 - Aug 2, 2024
    • We will start to look at extensions - as a group or individually - prior to the boat
    • If interested, call Nils, or wait for the trip to be advertised again


  • March 27, 2022 4:45 AM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    Upcoming trips 2022:

    • Fiji, Volivoli, May 10-17, 2022 – Fiji’s newest land based resort –– There are spots available at different prices - Because of Covid-19 we are still selling at 2020 prices.
    • Fiji Garden Islands Resort, Taveuni, May 16-24/27; Please call Nils
    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, Rescheduling pending (tentatively during April) - spots are likely available (standby for details)
    • East End Grand Cayman, July 9-16, 2022  - New Destination: Compass Point Dive Resort & Ocean Frontiers dive shop:
    • Saba - land based - by ferry from St Marten - October 8-15, 2022 - $1,800. 11 dives, Breakfast and Dinner, tips. - A few spots remain open; Special bonus - we are holding a group ticket for the next 2 signups 

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Room for 1 single female
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - 1 (or 2) spots might be open  
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023 (this trip will be advertised at our Sept meeting)


  • February 27, 2022 12:59 PM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)
    Upcoming trips 2022:
    • Fiji, Volivoli, May 10-17, 2022 – Fiji’s newest land based resort –– There are spots available at different prices - Because of Covid-19 we are still selling at 2020 prices.
    • Fiji Garden Islands Resort, Taveuni, May 16-24/27; Please call Nils
    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, Rescheduling pending - spots are likely available (standby for details)
    • East End Grand Cayman, July 9-16, 2022  - New Destination: Compass Point Dive Resort & Ocean Frontiers dive shop:
    • Saba - land based - by ferry from St Marten - October 8-15, 2022 - $1,800. 11 dives, Breakfast and Dinner, tips. - A few spots remain open

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Sold out
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - 1 (or 2) spots might be open  
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023 (this trip will be advertised at our Sept meeting)
  • January 27, 2022 12:11 PM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    Upcoming trips 2022:

    • Fiji, Volivoli, May 10-17, 2022 – Fiji’s newest land based resort –– There are spots available at different prices - Because of Covid-19 we are still selling at 2020 prices
    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, May 17-27, 2022 – Sold out - waitlist only
    • Cayman Aggressor V, July 9-16, 2022  - Sold out - waitlist only
    • SABA - land based - by ferry from St Marteen - October 8-15, 2022 - $1,800. 11 dives, Breakfast and Dinner, tips. This trip will be advertised at our February meeting. Full details: https://usadiveclub.org/event-4681218  See: Saba: Pristine Gem in the Caribbean 
    The SABA trip will be advertised for sale at the February Meeting

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Sold out
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - 1 (or 2) spots might be open  
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023*
    • Roatan Aggressor, liveaboard, July 15-22, 2023*

    Upcoming trips 2024*:


    * Trips with a star are not yet advertised for sale.

  • December 30, 2021 9:33 AM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    Upcoming trips 2022:

    • Fiji, Volivoli, May 10-17, 2022 – Fiji’s newest land based resort –– There are spots available at different prices - Because of Covid-19 we are still selling at 2020 prices
    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, May 17-27, 2022 – Sold out - waitlist only
    • Cayman Aggressor V, July 9-16, 2022  - Sold out - waitlist only
    • SABA - land based - by ferry from St Marteen - October 8-15, 2022 - This trip will be advertised at our February meeting. See: Saba: Pristine Gem in the Caribbean

    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Sold out
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - 1 (or 2) spots might be open  
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023
    • Roatan Aggressor, liveaboard, July 15-22, 2023

    Upcoming trips 2024:



  • November 30, 2021 12:24 PM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    Chris and I went to DEMA, and we had a committee meting on 11/29 - to decide to lock in some DEMA specials. Here is the status of our future travel program:

    Upcoming trips 2022:

    • Fiji, Volivoli, May 10-17, 2022 – Fiji’s newest land based resort –– There are spots available at different prices - Because of Covid-19 we are still selling at 2020 prices
    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, May 17-27, 2022 – Sold out - waitlist only
    • Cayman Aggressor V, July 9-16, 2022  - Sold out - waitlist only
    • SABA - land based - by ferry from St Marteen - October 8-15, 2022 - This trip will be advertised in January or February. See: Saba: Pristine Gem in the Caribbean
    Upcoming trips 2023:
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023 - Sold out
    • Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 26-Apr 06, 2023 - 1 room left
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort (first time in 4 years) - May 20-27, 2023
    • Roatan Aggressor, liveaboard, July 15-22, 2023
    Upcoming trips 2024:


  • October 31, 2021 6:59 PM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)


    Trip Announcement - at Nov 4 Meeting (last item of the evening)

    Damai 1, liveaboard, Mar 13-24, 2023


    Raja Ampat & Triton Bay, Indonesia

    Patrice Marker  - HOF - is a repeat Damai customer (and so is Rob - our November speaker). Both have promised to stay around for our last program point of the evening: after the general speaker presentation (please note that the evenings presentation do share some dive spots with our planned trip) and the normal meeting topics - I want to keep anybody interested in the Damai 1 trip around - and present the trip.... As past satisfied customers Patrice and Rob are available to help you with any question you might have. [Zoom will stay open - but it might appear "dormant" between the two major topics]

    The meeting is preferably in person - for vaccinated members and guests. If you can - please show our guest the courtesy and show up in person

    I will post all details, signup forms and payment schedules on the trip pages - when ready - https://usadiveclub.org/event-4550899

    As an introduction please read this article in Volume 107 of the X-ray-pdf magazine (just out this September) - it is "our trip" on "our boat" - 

    https://xray-mag.com/content/raja-ampat-papuan-odyssey

    VP Overseas Diving - Nils

    Normal Newsletter Entry (Nov 2021): It is time to go diving again

    At this time we have successfully completed our rescheduled 2021 program, the Belize Aggressor IV trip and the trip with Reef Divers/Clearly Cayman to Turks and Caicos Islands (originally LCBR) - a total of 41 divers. The next 3 (4) trips - 2022 and 2023 - are all very likely to take place as currently scheduled. First 3 trips are advertised in detail on the travel pages (details on Damai 1 will be available by 11/4 - please check occasionally or drop me an email and I will tell you when)

          https://usadiveclub.org/Overseas

    If you are part of the growing number of divers anxious to get out diving again please act fast. Because all the trips are on their second or third date the club do not hold any spots – so you can chose to buy later – before a cutoff deadline. That deadline is already in the past. We add spots - if or when we can - only after we sell them. Our operators have suffered a lot of lost business and are eager to ensure that when activities open up their boats and resorts are as full as possible. Hence they do not wait for us – all spot are open for sale to anybody who wants to buy on a first come basis.

    Questions – please reach out to me or the trip leads:

    Upcoming trips 2022:

    • Fiji, Volivoli, May 10-17, 2022 – Fiji’s newest land based resort –– There are spots available at different prices - Because of Covid-19 we are still selling at 2020 prices
    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, May 17-27, 2022 – Sold out - waitlist only
    • Cayman Aggressor V, July 9-16, 2022  - Sold out - waitlist only

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    Upcoming trips 2023:

    • Potential Land based trip, 2022H2 (say August or October). We will likely go to DEMA, buy a "cheap" trip - with direct airfare from FLL (or MIA) - advertise for sale in January or February. If you have a place in mind where you want to go diving please reach out to me




  • September 26, 2021 1:39 PM | Nils Jacobsen (Administrator)

    It is time to go diving again

    At this we have successfully completed the Belize Aggressor IV trip. The next 4 (5) trips - 2022 and 2023 - are all very likely to take place as currently scheduled. First 3 trips are advertised in detail on the travel pages:

          https://usadiveclub.org/Overseas

    If you are part of the growing number of divers anxious to get out diving again please act fast. Because all the trips are on their second or third date the club do not hold any spots – so you can chose to buy later – before a cutoff deadline. That deadline is already in the past. We add spots - if or when we can - only after we sell them. Our operators have suffered a lot of lost business and are eager to ensure that when activities open up their boats and resorts are as full as possible. Hence they do not wait for us – all spot are open for sale to anybody who wants to buy on a first come basis.

    Questions – please reach out to me or the trip leads:

    Upcoming trips 2022:

    • Fiji, Volivoli, May 10-17, 2022 – Fiji’s newest land based resort –– There are spots available at different prices
    • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, May 17-27, 2022 – Sold out - waitlist only
    • Cayman Aggressor V, July 9-16, 2022  - Sold out - waitlist only

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    Upcoming trips 2023:
    • Potential Land based trip, 2022H2 (say August or October). We will likely go to DEMA, buy a "cheap" trip - with direct airfare from FLL (or MIA) - advertise for sale in January or February. If you have a place in mind where you want to go diving please reach out to me
    • Damai, liveaboard, Raja Ampat & Triton Bay, Indonesia, Mar 13-24, 2023 - to be announced in November

    VP Overseas Diving - Nils


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