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January 2018 Newsletter

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Vol. 46 No. 1

Program for General Meeting

Club Travel Schedule for 2018 and 2019

Nils Jacobsen will present details of the trips (except Cuba).


  • Bahamas Aggressor – April 14-21 – sold out (waitlist only)
  • Bimini – Neal Watson – mini-trip – May 18-21
  • Grand Cayman – Cobalt Resort – June 2-9
  • Cozumel – Iberostar – kid friendly – June 16-23
  • Bonaire – Divi Resort – August 11-18


  • Yap/Palau
    • Yap-Manta Bay Resort - Feb 3-10, 2019
    • Palau - Ocean Hunter - Feb 11-18, 2019
  • Cuba - Garden of the Queens - Aggressor - July 6-13, 2019


Nils Jacobsen
VP Overseas Diving

Ken Glaser
VP of Programs

I hope everyone has a healthy and prosperous new year for 2018, and had a merry Christmas. Amy and I had a cold white Christmas visiting family in West Virginia. Meanwhile, here in South Florida some club members have continued diving. Check out local diving reports on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/usadiveclub/posts/). Howard Ratsch has added a link to an interesting article about Asia's disappearing WWII shipwrecks.

Please come to the January 4th meeting to learn about the overseas diving trips that are planned for 2018 and 2019. I am excited about the opportunity to return to Palau for a week on a liveaboard in 2019. My first trip to Palau was land-based and I can hardly wait to get back to try the liveaboard diving there.

The new club website has features that allow us to send dues reminders. We have not implemented the feature that allows on-line payments because that requires us to pay a fee for each payment. Please send you dues to the following address. Make the check payable to USA Dive Club.
    Eunice Hamblen, Membership
    2756 NE 30th St.

    Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

If you log on to the new club website, you can see member-only content such as directory information. You can also edit your own directory information. If you have not set a password, use the Forgot Password link to set a new password.

Happy diving,

Roger Cooper

Social events

Hospitality Hut

Happy New Year From The Hospitality Hut,

I am looking forward to another great year introducing guests, at the monthly meetings, of the Under Sea Adventurers Dive Club.

At the December Holiday Pot Luck Diner 2 first-time guests attended.

I am happy to thank members Eva Tomas and Roman Boszko for introducing Marie and Mark Znaniecki to the club.

Mark is a diver and will soon be applying for membership. 

Thanks to all our members and guests who made the Holiday Pot Luck Diner a success.

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

Elected Officers for 2018

At the December general meeting, the following officers were elected by the membership.

 President Roger Cooper
 VP of Programs Ken Glaser
 VP of Overseas Diving Nils Jacobsen
 VP of Social Events Alan Feuerman
 VP of Local Diving Ryan Goheen
 Secretary Amy Wellman
 Treasurer Veronica Farr


Happy New Year!  It is 2018 and we are off adventure diving, kayaking, camping and whatever our Social Chairperson dreams up.  If you are a certified diver and want a great group to dive and play with, we are the club.  We have a wealth of experience diving locally and around the world as well as underwater photography and various other water skills.  We are very friendly to new members, so come join the fun.

Guests are welcome to our general meetings.  Guests are also welcome to join our activities when accompanied by a member.  

This is a reminder to our current membership that dues are due.  Please do not make me beg for your 2018 check.  Remember we are all volunteers in this club, so be kind to the volunteers!   Have a healthy and happy New Year.

Best wishes, Eunice your "Volunteer Membership Chair"

Eunice Hamblen
Membership Coordinator

Overseas Dive Trips

Local Diving

  • No upcoming local dives

Newest Hall of Fame Member

Please congratulate Roman Boszko for his years of dedicated service to the club. He became a member of the Hall of Fame in November. The Club By-Laws state that Hall of Fame membership is given to those who have fulfilled 84 months as members of the Board of Directors.

Tommy Younger

by Russ ManholdTommy Younger

Long-time USA Dive Club member, Tommy Younger, passed away from health-related issues Christmas Eve morning, December 24, 2017, in Boca Raton, Florida. Tommy was age 66.

Tommy first joined the USA Dive Club in 1988. He was USA’s VP of Local Diving from 1997 thru 2001.

Tommy’s passion for life was unparalleled; his devotion to friends and family unquestioned; his strong faith the cornerstone of his colorful life.

If you loved Tommy Younger, you were among the vast majority… his list of friends is endless.

Most of Tommy’s family resides in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. Tommy’s family, including his sister, Renee Younger Mayk, have initiated a long-distance effort to handle Tommy’s final affairs, including funeral arrangements.

Tommy’s brother-in-law, Bill Mayk, is writing Tommy's obituary, which will appear in South Florida newspapers when completed.

The family plans to relocate Tommy’s remains to Pennsylvania for funeral and church services. There will be no funeral service in Florida.

Tommy’s family is discouraging the sending of flowers and cards in Tommy’s memory. Other options will appear in Tommy’s obituary.

Click here to view Julie Manhold’s Facebook abbreviated photo album titled USA Dive Club Remembers Tommy Younger.


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’.

Cash prize of $35.00 donated by Club
  Lisa Kennedy
Calendar and hat
  Eunice Hamblen, Mary LaPage
Calendar and snorkel
  Ewa Tomas
Two free dives on Scubatyme
  Laura Moran
Snorkeling Santa Clause decoration
  Carol Frederick
Underwater calendar
  Laura Moran

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


Mask with magnifiers for sale. Used only 2 or 3 times. $45
Contact SVoris@bellsouth.net

Dell 2400mp projector.  Includes manual, remote, power cord, new spare lamp.  $100. Contact avguy@usadiveclub.com.

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