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April 2019 Newsletter

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Vol. 47 No.4

Program for General Meeting

March 26, 2019 6:12 PMRoger Cooper

We are very pleased to announce that Craig Jenni will be speaking to us again at our April meeting. He 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.

Presidents Waves

March 25, 2019 4:58 PMRoger Cooper

Our local diving season has begun. We have three local dive events scheduled, with more to come. Read about Local Diving events on this site, or you can find events and local dive reports on our Facebook page. The Facebook page is also a good place to find articles like the "Top 10 Scuba Diving Movies Ever Made" or "Incredible moment a diver is spat out by a WHALE."

Our trip to Little Cayman in May is almost full. As of this writing we only have one spot open for a male diver. Clink here to read about the trip.

Get the Club Logo on Your Clothing

Nils Jacobsen has a new way for us to get the club logo on our clothing. He has found a local embroidery shop that has scanned our logo and will embroider it on pieces of new clothing for $20 + sales tax. Nils drives by the embroidery shop on his way to work. If you get clothing to Nils at one meeting, he can return it by the next meeting with the embroidery done. For clothes made of an atypical material, please check with Nils before sending them off to be embroidered.

Don't forget to keep checking our Facebook page for the interesting articles Howard is posting. https://www.facebook.com/usadiveclub

Happy diving,

Roger Cooper
President

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Hospitality Hut

Greetings From the Hospitality Hut,

I am very happy to report 4 first-time guests attended the March general meeting of the Under Sea Adventurers Dive Club.

Members Julie and Russ invited Meg Perlman and her husband Doug Garr to attend the meeting.  Neither are scuba divers, however Doug is a sky diver.  Doug reported he has logged dozens of dives while cleaning the bottom of his dad's sailboat! He also has a favorite dive site, the Dive Bar on Broadway, NYC. Doug and Meg are a delight. Thank you for playing along!!

Stephen Lee joined us for his first meeting.  Stephen was certified in 1971 in Lake Forest, IL.  He is a PADI instructor and has logged 100's of dives. SE Asia is his dream destination.  

Member Jim Guld was accompanied by his nephew Brian Roebuck. Brain received his Rescue certification in 2017 in Jupiter.  So far he has logged 60 dives and his favorite is the Blue Heron Bridge.

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

Membership

Hello USA Divers,

April brings Spring showers and warmer waters so get your gear ready to dive!  We have more dive trips & social events in the 2019 plan so come get involved and join the fun.  Guests are always welcome to our general meetings and to social events.   I would like to thank all those wonderful club members that have paid their dues for 2019.  Thank you.  

Starting April 1st a $10 late charge will be added to dues.  It will be $60 instead of $50.   Please pay your dues on time.  

USA Divers is a friendly and welcoming dive club with experienced divers and photographers always willing to share information with newcomers.  Come on by. 

Enjoy,

Eunice Hamblen                                Stephanie Voris
Membership Coordinators


The USA Club Needs You

As many of you know our recent Hall of Famer inductee Ewa Tomas resigned from the Club Photographer position. This position is now open and the Club needs your help. We need a person o r persons to step up and volunteer to take pictures at our events so we can all enjoy the different experiences. Maybe a few people all agree that they will take pictures and it more than one shows up at an event, we have extra coverage.


 

5 Tips for the Best Safety Stop

 Please see SAFETY BLOG article located at https://www.usadiveclub.org/safety.

LOBSTER POT WINNERS

USA's Lobster Pot drawings Include CASH prize winners, 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 winners. Be sure to visit our Local dive shops who support us and say 'Thanks'.

Cash prize of $30.00 donated by USA Dive Club
$20 off local dive donated by USA Dive Club
$20 off local dive donated by USA Dive Club
Bistro flatbread coupon donated by Courtyard by Marriott
Bistro flatbread coupon donated by Courtyard by Marriott
A $5-off coupon for all dives booked through ForceE for two years





 

 




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