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Vol. 49 No. 09

Black Water Diving in Southeast Florida

Linda Ianniello has been diving and doing underwater photography for over 30 years. For the past six years Linda has been focusing on black water dives, up to  four times a week locally. A black water dive consists of going six to seven miles off the coast and performing a drift dive in the edge of the Gulf Stream, at night. The bottom is approximately 700 feet deep, but we generally stay in the top 40 feet. It is fascinating to find and photograph the pelagic animals  who spend their whole lives in this environment, the various larvae that spend the early part of their lives here, and the deep water animals that migrate vertically at night to feed.

Linda will be talking about the mechanics of a black water dive and the variety of creatures that can be found on these dives. Also, how she is using her images for several “citizen science” projects. Linda along with Susan Mears have co-authored and published a book on the subject of the talk titled  
“BLACKWATER Creatures – A Guide to Southeast Florida Blackwater Creatures."


Overseas Trip Updates

  • South Caicos - East Bay Resort trip on Sept. 11-18, 2021 - SOLD OUT (was Little Cayman Beach Resort trip)
  • Fiji, Volivoli (Fiji's newest land based resort) on May 10-17, 2022 - Spots available at different prices
  • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki liveaboard on May 17-27, 2022 - Act fast. There might be one last (male) spot left.
  • Cayman Aggressor V on July 9-16, 2022 - SOLD OUT wait list only
  • Damai liveaboard, Raja Ampat & Triton Bay, Indonesia on March 13-24, 2023 - to be announced in November

Presidents Waves

As a reminder to last month's news that the Board has approved in person meetings, we are maintaining broadcasting our meetings via Zoom. This allows us to socialize both in person and virtually, plus recruit some great speakers that are not in our area. For those that are in the area, please remember that the location has changed to the Hampton Inn on Cypress Creek East of I-95.

The Club had a very successful trip to Belize on the Aggressor, please check out the trip report for information. USA is going to South Caicos September 11-18, this is a change to the Little Cayman trip since Cayman Islands aren't open for travel still. The group will have an amazing time. We also recently opened up a trip next year on the Cayman Aggressor, not sure if there are openings still. If you are interested, please reach out to the trip Lead Clare Anthon.

Since we are moving back to live meetings, there are some Board positions that need to be filled. If you are interested or know of someone that would be interested, please let me know and I will approach these members.

  • AV Manager
  • Promotions
  • Mini Trips
  • Membership (Stephanie has requested to step down)

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. https://www.facebook.com/usadiveclub

Happy diving,
Chris Hardham

Club Announcements

Membership Coordinator Needed

We need a volunteer to help Stephanie as Membership Coordinator. Please contact president@usadiveclub.org or membereship@usadiveclub.org if you are willing to help out.

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By Scuba Diving Editors

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"I'm bent." They're the two hardest words any diver ever says. But denying the symptoms of decompression sickness (DCS) could mean you end up with the four hardest to hear: "Can never dive again."

Relaxing at the pool after a morning of diving, you notice a nagging ache in your shoulder. Is it DCS or a muscle strain from lugging gear bags? Time for a little self-diagnosis:

Do I have any symptoms of DCS?

These include but are not limited to:

  • Joint or limb pain
  • Itching
  • Skin rash
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Extreme exhaustion

Clearly, these symptoms are not specific to DCS, so move to the next question:


How Likely Are These To Be Symptoms of DCS?

You did only a single half-hour dive to 40 feet that morning — how could it be DCS? Easy: during the last five days you’ve done 15 dives. The more diving you’ve been doing, the more likely it is to be DCS. The more you’ve pushed the edge of no-decompression status, the more likely it is DCS. The more safety stops you’ve blown off, the more likely it is to be DCS. Any of those apply?

I'm Still Not Sure. What Can I Do?

This is easy: Call DAN’s emergency number (+1-919-684-9111) if you need some expert assistance

in deciphering your symptoms. DAN has doctors on call 24 hours a day who can help you arrive at a decision about your symptoms.

I Know I Have The Bends. What Should I Do?

Start breathing oxygen and have someone call DAN’s emergency number immediately: (919-684-8111). The DAN staff can help you arrange for transportation to the nearest chamber. DAN will help you even if you have not purchased DAN insurance, but you won’t like the five-figure bill you may have to pay. Or the possible delay in emergency evacuation because the helicopter company wants its money up front since you don’t have insurance, Considering how little we actually know about the mechanism of DCS, anyone diving without dive accident insurance is taking unnecessary health and financial risks.

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Hospitality Hut

Clare Florio Anthon

Greetings From The Hospitality Hut,

In August, several members attended the first in person meeting held at The Hamptons.  Many of us, including myself, attended via ZOOM.

At the September general meeting two ZOOM guests were present.

Ashley Guajardo lives in Texas. She met our club while aboard the Belize Aggressor.  Ashely was certified in 1998.  A club trip is one of the best ways to meet new divers.  Hopefully she will have an interest enjoining our club.

Nest Lee Ann Waggener, from Pompano, attended the meeting.  She has been a diver since 1993.  Lee Ann heard about us a while ago from current club members.  Lee Ann has also applied for membership.  Welcome aboard!

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


Hello Fellow Members:

Summer diving is in full swing and the ocean temp. is 84 degrees. We have had groups in the double digits for our local dives and the hurricanes are staying away. It's been a good summer!

We welcome our new member Susan Treusdell from Maryland. She plans on spending some time in South Florida in the very near future and we look forward to diving with her. For now we can say "hello" via Zoom.

Happy Bubbling,

Stephanie Voris
Membership Coordinator

Come join the fun. 



  • No upcoming mini-trips

Social events

  • No upcoming social events

Belize Aggressor IV Adventure Log

(Copied with permission from https://www.aggressor.com/captains-logs-view.php?id=2037)

Air Temp.  77-86+ F
Water Temp. 81-83 F
Visibility 45-100+ft


Captain Dennis
Engineer Simon
Instructor Daniel
Instructor Rocke
Stewardess Elia
Sous Chef Carlos
Chef Jerry


Roger, Amy,  Frank, Joanne, Ronnie, Nils, Judy, Jeff, Flora, Laura, Rick, Ryan, Alison, Jen, Ashley, Wes, Steve and Brett


Sunday – Zipline, Black Beauty
Monday – Half Moon Caye Wall, Long Caye Wall
Tuesday – Blue Hole, Uno Coco
Wednesday – Silver Cave, Quebrada
Thursday – Long Caye Ridge, Painted Wall,
Friday – Amberhead South


Saturday July 24th

It was a picture perfect Saturday as guests boarded the Belize Aggressor IV for a Week Of Exploring The Underwater World Around Turneffe Caye, Long Caye, Half Moon Caye and The Famous Blue Hole.

Sunday July 25th

It was daylight however; it would be another 30 minutes before the Sun would rise as the Belize Aggressor IV Departed Her Home Port At The Radisson Marina Fort George in Belize City, Belize.   While making our way to our dive sites for the day guests enjoy a Colorful Sunrise and a Wonderful Breakfast.  Today we stayed around Turneffe Caye diving two Dive Sites, one called Zipline, and Located on the Northwest Side and Black Beauty Located on the Southeast Side of the Island.  We knew it would be an Excellent Day of Diving when while diving our first site Zipline Dolphins swam near the Belize Aggressor IV and Yes several guests had in water Encounters.  Just some of the Marine Life We Enjoyed today was Nurse Sharks, Permits, Large Barrel Sponges, Colorful Whip Corals, Huge School of Creole Wrasses, Spotted Moray Eels, Free Swimming Green Moray Eels, Juvenile Spotted Drums, Friendly Queen Angelfish, Spotted Eagle Rays, Caribbean Reef Sharks and White Spotted Toadfish! WOW Great First Day!!

Monday July 26th

Today started just as yesterday did with Dolphins as we visited our first dive site called Half Moon Caye Wall.  Other Marine Life we enjoyed with the Bottlenose Dolphins was Ocean Triggerfish, Green Moray Eels, Big Loggerhead Turtle, Very Friendly Nassau Groupers, Spotted Eagle Rays and Lots of Caribbean Reef Sharks!  We used the afternoon to Explore Long Caye Wall where we swam with Schools of Tarpon, Huge Barrel Sponges, Colorful Rope Sponges, Wire Shrimps, Arrow Blennies, Angelfish, Chubs, Mackerel, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Spotted Eagle Rays, Octopus, Squids, however the highlight at least for this guest was when a Juvenile Loggerhead swam just inches from his mask for a closer look.  When you take your time and move slowly underwater you never know what the Marine Life will do and here it paid off for our guest!

Tuesday July 27th

In 1971 ocean pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau declared the Blue Hole one of the Top Ten Dive Sites in the World.  Today this 1000 foot across and over 400 feet deep site is still visited by thousands of divers each year.  On this Tuesday it was the guests on the Belize Aggressor IV Exploring This Famous Dive Site First Thing in the Morning!  Swimming around the Huge Stalagmite and Stalactite was the Perfect Way to start the day!  For the afternoon we made our way back to the Long Caye Area and the Dive Site called Uno Coco.  Divers enjoyed a Very Colorful Wall, Large Deep Water Fans and Barrel Sponges; from the small Arrow Blennies to the Large Loggerhead Turtle guest enjoyed a Huge Variety of Marine Life.  Other Creatures and Fish that we enjoyed was Large Black Groupers, Snappers, Spotted Moray Eels, Feeding Tarpon, Atlantic Thorny Oysters, Trumpetfish and Several Caribbean Sharks coming Close for a look.  An Excellent Day of Diving! 

Wednesday July 28th

Today we started at the dive site called Silver Cave.  Silver Cave is a Colorful Wall where a small swim thru is located in the wall, normally filled with Hundreds of Silversides.  While we only had a few Silversides we did have a very colorful dive encountering Small Loggerhead and Hawksbill Turtles, Queen Angelfishes, Schooling Creole Wrasses, Neck Crabs, Caribbean Reef Sharks and Spotted Eagle Rays.  For the afternoon we visited one of my personal favorite dive sites in the Caribbean, called Quebrada.  This dive site is always Amazing, with a Huge Array of Gorgonians.  You can open up any Reef Coral Book and pick something and it can be found on Quebrada.  I love swimming next to the Large Busy Black Coral or the Colorful Rope Sponges.  We also swam near Caribbean and Spotted Spiny Lobsters, Goldentail Moray Eels, Atlantic Thorny Oysters, Spotted Drums, Caribbean Reef Sharks, stuck in the middle of a school of 16 Big Tarpon, Octopuses and Squids.  Like all the days before we ran out of time before we ran out of Marine Life to Enjoy!

Thursday July 29th

For our last full day of diving our dive sites along Long Caye were Long Caye Ridge, Painted Wall and Cathedral.  While exploring these three Colorful Dive Sites we Enjoyed Painted Tunicates, Magnificent Urchins, Atlantic Thorny Oysters, Rough Fileclams, Busy Black Corals, Colorful Rope and Tube Sponges, Reef Sharks, Queen Angelfish, Juvenile Spotted Drums, Nassau and Tiger Groupers, Hawksbill Turtle, Large Barrel Sponges, Boulder Brain Corals, During The Day Dives Free Swimming Green Moray Eels, Dimpled Sheet Corals, Spotted Eagle Rays.  However the highlight of the day was when a Small Hawksbill Turtle swam up to our guest and was face to face almost look like it gave her a small kiss.  Another Adventurous Full Day Of Diving! 

Friday July 30th

Our final dive site to visit was Amberhead South.  Divers enjoyed a relaxing dive swimming with schools of Snapper, Big Channel Clinging Crabs, Spotted Moray Eel and Free Swimming Green Moray Eel, Tiger and Nassau Grouper, Huge barrel Sponges and Array of Soft and Hard Corals, Indigo Hamlets, and a Huge Variety of Marine Life.  It was the perfect relaxing dive to end an Amazing Week Exploring the Underwater World of Belize With the Likes of Moray Eels, Sharks, Turtles, Eagle Rays and Dolphins.  Only on the Belize Aggressor IV Can Enjoy A Exciting Adventure and Relax At The Some Time.  See You Soon!!

The Crew Would Like To Thank Everyone For Joining Us On The Belize Aggressor IV!!!

Until The Next Time Safe Travels…
Best Fishes,
Belize Aggressor IV Crew


(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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