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Vol. 45 No. 10

Program for General Meeting

Topic: Learning from the Mistakes of Others

Craig Jenni received formal scuba training at age 12, he started working at a dive shop at 14, became a scuba instructor at 18 and ever since has been a career dive professional. During his 30 years as a dive instructor he has certified thousands of divers and hundreds of instructors. He trained as a Navy SEAL and taught commercial diving at The Ocean Corporation. He has vast experience in recreational, technical, military, commercial, scientific and public safety diving.

Craig is currently an instructor or instructor trainer with every major scuba certification agency in the U.S. He was formally the Executive Director of the YMCA Scuba Program, responsible for thousands of scuba instructors along with the administration of this diver training agency. He was a representative of the Recreational Scuba Training Counsel (RSTC) and authored training standards for diver education program ranging from recreational, technical, scientific, public safety and commercial diving. He has specialized qualifications including; dive medical technician, life support technician, equipment repair instructor, and forensic medical investigator. He is actively involved in teaching dive specialties such as cave, decompression, mixed gasses, semi-closed and closed-circuit rebreathers and public safety diving.

Craig is the owner and President of Dive & Marine Consultants International (DMCI), Inc., which specializes in conducting forensic investigations of dive accidents. Since starting DMCI Craig has investigated over 600 diver fatalities and over 3600 diving and boating accidents. He conducts training seminars for PSD, law enforcement, medical examiners and emergency response personnel as to how to conduct proper dive accident investigations and autopsies. He is often called to consult domestic and foreign governments regarding diving and frequently serves as an expert witness for dive accident litigation. Craig is commonly hired to consult diver training agencies and insurance Underwriters to assess and advise them on matters pertaining to risk management.

As a lawyer, he is of counsel with the law firm of Donna E. Albert & Associates which practices exclusively in defending dive accident lawsuits. As a diver he can be found pursuing underwater interests that most divers only read about. As a dive leader Craig is a strong proponent of maintaining fitness, currency of dive skills and utilizing proper equipment to make diving as safe as possible.


Craig Jenni

Ken Glaser
VP of Programs

Well, golly, September started out with some nasty surprises for us, didn't it? I hope you all came through with lives and homes intact. I haven't been able to get back in the water since the storms but I've been told that there was some damage to the reefs and at least one local wreck was broken up.  On a positive note, the lobsters still seem to be there for the hunting and the visibility is coming back.

We're trying to get back on schedule with regular monthly meetings, local dives and couple of social events on the calendar.  Please plan to come to the October meeting to sign up for some activities, check on all your dive buddies and enjoy another great program.  Also, we didn't get your Lobster Pot dollars in September, so buy a few extra tickets this month if you can.

Finally, note that our annual holiday party is going to be held on the regular meeting night (first Thursday) in December and will feature our favorite things, i.e., food and socializing with friends.  Mark it on your calendar and join us.

Happy bubbles,

Phebe Young

Social events

  • November 18, 2017
    Big Cypress Swamp, Ochopee, FL
  • December 07, 2017 7:00 PM
    Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce building, 1601 E. Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach 33441

Hospitality Hut

Greetings From the Hospitality Hut,

Well what can I say except Mother Nature always wins.

The September general meeting of the Under Sea Adventurers Dive Club was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. 

Reports from divers and dive boats are very disturbing.  Our beautiful reefs took a hard hit.  Captain Tony said it looked like a bomb exploded.

Hopefully you are all well and no one sustained severe damage. 

Looking forward to seeing you all at the October meeting.

Thank you all for your interest and support.

I encourage you to visit our home page www.usadiveclub.com. Please click on the calendar and keep up to date on all the diving and non-diving scheduled activities. You may also take a look at the photo gallery and take a peek at past events.

I wish you all Happy Diving,

Clare Anthon
Hospitality Coordinator


  • No upcoming mini-trips


Hello USA Divers and want-to-bes.  I hope your homes survived Irma and you had power restored within that first week.  Let's hope for a very DRY October!  I look forward to meeting all the new members at October's general meeting.  We have one new membership application from Brad in Leander, TX.  Thank you Brad. 

If you are a first time visitor and certified diver and interested in joining our club, please find the Membership application on our web page, download, complete with a photocopy of your C-card and Insurance card.  Mail with a pro-rated amount from the application table plus the $10 and mail to the membership chair. Returning member does the same.

Encourage friends and fellow divers to join USAer’s for all club activities. Guests are not required to be USA Dive Club members to participate in USA functions. Guests are always welcome when accompanied by a member.

Eunice Hamblen
Membership Coordinator

Overseas Dive Trips

Local Diving

  • No upcoming local dives


USA’s Lobster Pot drawings include CASH for 50/50 winners, and a variety of PRIZES donated by South Florida Dive Shops, other Sponsors or Club Members

Funds from ticket sales help to support our many club activities. Congratulations to all our Lobster Pot winners. Be sure to visit our local dive shops who support us and say ‘Thanks’.

If you made it through Irma, you were a winner.







Larry Townsend
Promotions Coordinator

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Place an ad to buy or sell gear, or promote a dive related event that will be of general interest to club membership. Email your ad to newsletter@usadiveclub.com

Elected Board Position Opening for 2017

We are looking for a member to assume the role of VP of Social Events beginning in May of 2017. If you are interested in giving back to the club and have interest in doing this job, please contact any current board member.


Akona Mesh Backpack - $20 each - Have two to sell

These Akona mesh dive gear backpacks are in good condition. They have an external zippered pocket in front, an internal semi-dry pocket in back, and a zipper that runs down the full length of the bag to provide easy access without having to unload the entire bag. They have well-padded adjustable shoulder straps, a side handle, and a top grip.

Contact rogertcooper@gmail.com

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