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January 2022 Newsletter

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Vol. 50 No. 01

Program: Wahoo Bay Project

Shipwreck Park was established in 2014 for the purpose of creating an artificial reef system off the coast of Broward County, Florida.  It was incorporated and received 501 (c) (3) status in 2015.  The organization has acquired and deployed two vessels since then off the coast of Broward County.  The first was the 324ft Newtown Creek rechristened the Lady Luck in July of 2016 and the second a 103ft tugboat Okinawa in August of 2017. Since inception Shipwreck Park has raised Jay Underkofler$979,000 in donations and spent $956,000 on the deployment of the two vessels and the exploration of new projects. Shipwreck Park is all volunteer organization.

Jay Underkofler will be talking on the current Wahoo Bay project, taking place at the Hillsboro inlet. He will be speaking in person at our Hampton Inn meeting room. Please join us if you can.

Overseas Diving Update

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:

Nils Jacobsen
VP Overseas Diving

    Presidents Waves

    Happy New Year! I hope everybody had a safe and festive Christmas and New Year’s with family and friends.

    First off, I would like to thank everybody for confirming our elected officer this year. The election was quite different from previous years as we performed our election online and there wasn’t any opposition. The following is the list of our elected officers.


    Current Officer 



    Chris Hardham


    VP of Overseas Diving

    Nils Jacobson


    VP of Local Diving

    Ryan Goheen


    VP of Programs

    Rick Dayan


    VP of Social Events

    Alan Feuerman



    Amy Wellman



    Ronnie Farr


    We will select the appointed Board Positions at our January Board Meeting on the 11th. If you wish to be considered for a position, please email me at president@usadiveclub.org.

    Our January and February speakers will be live at the Hampton, so if you are comfortable with attending live, please come out and support our speakers. Rick Dayan has been getting us really good speakers and this Month’s speaker doesn’t appear to be any different.

    If you would like to view free Zoom tutorials, you can find them here. Or you can take a free Zoom class from Geeks On Tour here.

    Don't forget to keep checking our Facebook page for the interesting articles Russ is posting.

    Happy diving,

    Chris Hardham

    Hospitality Hut

    Clare Florio Anthon

    Happy New Year From The Hospitality Hut!  


    We have made it through some very challenging times and are about to turn the corner......if we continue to take precautions.

    USA Dive Club member Ronnie, hosted a very successful Holiday Social Party at The Hampton Inn.

    I would like to take this time to acknowledge several guests who were in attendance. Member Alison was accompanied by friend Nancy Widener.  Alison flew in from Oregon and her guest came up from Miami.  Several members have non-diving spouses/partners that are avid attendees of Social events. Roy attended with guest Mary Kay, member Jay had his lovely wife Carla on his arm and Alan escorted his charming wife Dawn. Guest John found us on the Internet.

    I wish you all the Happiest and Healthiest New Year. 2022 here we come!

    I encourage you to visit our home page www.usadiveclub.org.  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


    Overseas Dive Trips

    Local Diving

    • No upcoming local dives

    Social events

    • No upcoming social events


    • No upcoming mini-trips


    Yes.....it's time to renew your membership

    But first

    I would like to welcome two new members to the USA Dive Club family.

    John Nardi visited our group at the December Holiday Party which was held at the Hampton Inn.  Not only did John join our Club, he also signed up for an overseas dive trip aboard the Damai 1 liveaboard in Indonesia.  John is a PADI and NAUI certified divemaster with over 1,000 dives.  His most memorable dive was in Truk Lagoon, and he is looking forward to the day he dives in Indonesia.  When not diving, John enjoys fishing.  

    Brandon Riemer found us on Facebook.  He is a newly certified diver and was able to take advantage of USA Dive Club's offer of "First Year Free" membership.  Brandon's most memorable dive was seeing a nurse shark while diving from a boat.  He would enjoy diving with the Club on various reefs in the Florida Keys.  Brandon is a friendly guy and loves the outdoors along with all kinds of fun and good laughs.  The Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef are on his diving "to do" list.

    We give both of our new members a warm USA Dive Club welcome and look forward to seeing them both in the very near future.

    It's time to renew your membership

    Membership in the USA Dive Club expired on December 31, 2021, and many members have been busy sending in their membership dues for 2022.   We thank you.  If you are a Hall of Fame member, dues are optional.

    Along with our General Membership meetings, more and more of our planned activities are now in-person events.  For the safety of our members and guests, we follow all CDC guidelines very carefully.

    USA is an active dive club with something for everyone.  No longer diving? Not to worry.  The Club offers diversified non-diving social events for everyone's enjoyment.  Remember that your guests are welcome to participate in all USA social and diving activities.  

    Another perk is that continuous membership allows you the privilege of priority on dive trips.

    Dues remain the same:  $50 for individuals and $90/couple for married couples and domestic partners.  There are three simple ways to renew.

    Online banking - You may pay online using Zelle.  Send the appropriate amount to Treasurer@usadiveclub.org indicating in the memo section that you are paying dues.

    Mail a check - Write a check made payable to USA Dive Club and mail to USA Dive Club, 4011 NE 24th Ave, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064-8025.  Please indicate in the memo section that you are paying dues.  You may wish to have your bank do this electronically.  It's your choice.

    Bring your payment to a meeting - You may bring your check to a General Membership meeting and give it to USA’s Treasurer, Ronnie Farr, in person.  We'd enjoy seeing you.

    As always, we invite you to browse through our extensive Photo Gallery to take a look at our social and diving activities.

    Keep on bubbling with your Club.

    Julie Manhold, Membership Coordinator


    Educational Blog

    DAN would only allow this to be downloaded via PDF. Use the link at bottom.

    This article represents the views of the author.  The article has not been fact checked by myself, the Board of Directors or any member of the USA Dive Club.

    Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing.

    DAN’s Smart Guide to Safe Diving

    • Learn safety guidelines
    • Become conscientious and responsible divers
    • Prepare smarter so we can enjoy our dives

    Here are the top seven mistakes to avoid:

    Download this guide (PDF)

    Month: January 2022

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    Feb 1


    (Suspended until live meetings are allowed to resume)

    USA's Lobster Pot drawings Include CASH prizes, and a variety of PRIZES donated by South Florida Dive Shops,
    other Sponsors or Club Members.

    Funds from ticket donations help to support our many club activities. Congratulations to all our Lobster Pot participants. Be sure to visit our Local dive shops who support us and say 'Thanks'.

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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

    New “Bare" Female 7MM Reactive Full model, Size 8 Wetsuit. Used for one hour in a cage in Guadelupe. Looks brand new. Rear zipper. Guaranteed to keep you warm this winter and following seasons. Top of “Bare” product line with  the highest degree of warmth with OMNIRED Infrared fabric and NST.

    If you get easily cold, this is for you.

    Paid $700, will sell for $500

    Bernd Meier, Cell 305-310-1265, meierba@gmail.com

    New Zeagle Sport BCD with integrated weight pockets, several SS D rings, plenty of pockets, size medium. Sturdy Zeagle quality construction. Size adjustments are doable. Pristine condition. Worn on one dive. Ideal for travel (minimum weight) as well as local diving. 

    Paid $439, will sell for $299

    Bernd Meier, Cell 305-310-1265, meierba@gmail.com

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