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December 2018 Newsletter

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Vol. 46 No. 12

Program for General Meeting

John Chatterton

Speaking about his search for a Spanish treasure ship

John Chatterton is one of the world’s most accomplished and well known wreck divers. He was one of the co-hosts for 57 episodes of the History Channel’s Deep Sea Detectives television series, and has worked as a consultant to 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, and CBS. Prior to his career in television, John spent twenty years working as a commercial diver in and around New York City, and on September 11, 2001, was actually working on a project in the water underneath the World Financial Center, across the street from the Tower #1.

His passion has always been researching, locating, and diving the world’s shipwrecks. In 1991, the discovery and subsequent identification of the German submarine U-869, off the coast of New Jersey, was the subject of a television documentary, Hitler’s Lost Sub, a two hour special for the popular NOVA series on PBS. This same story was the subject of a Random House bestselling book by Rob Kurson, Shadow Divers. It has been published in more than 23 languages, as well as an audio book  The movie rights to the international bestseller have been purchased by a major studio.

There is much more to his biography here.

Presidents Waves

REMINDER: The December 6th meeting is in a different location.

Elections will be conducted at the General Membership meeting on December 6th at the Township Community Clubhouse, 2424 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek, FL  33063 (the corner of Copans Road and Lyons Road).

The Holiday party is at the Courtyard by Marriot on December 8th. Note that the election is at the free General Membership meeting on Thursday, not the Holiday Party for which we have to pay. The Board of Directors did not want members to have to pay to come to the election.

USA Dive Club Members:  Club Bylaws require that the Board’s proposed slate of officers be presented to you in both the November and December newsletters.  Presented for your consideration are the following:

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

Volunteers Needed for 2019 Board Positions

  • Photographer - Takes pictures at club meetings and other events. Contact Ewa Tomas (awards@usadiveclub.org) for more details.
  • Promotions Coordinator - Runs the Lobster Pot drawings at meetings and collects prizes for the drawings. Contact Russ and Julie Manhold (promotions@usadiveclub.org) for more details.

Happy diving,

Roger Cooper

Overseas Dive Trips

Local Diving

  • No upcoming local dives


  • No upcoming mini-trips

Social events

  • No upcoming social events


The Board of Directors asks that anyone having concerns about the actions of an officer of the Club first discuss those concerns with the officer. If that discussion does not resolve the concerns, then those concerns should be presented for discussion at the next meeting of the Board of Directors.

Further, the Board of Directors asks everyone to remember that those who hold elected and appointed positions on the Board are volunteers. While we may have different ideas of how things should be done, we are all working to keep the Club going.

Hospitality Hut

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends and food.

I am pleased to inform you we had 3 first-time guests at the November meeting of the Under Sea Adventurers Dive Club.

Eric Delairue met some of us at the Museum of Discovery and Science social event in Fort Lauderdale.  Eric was certified in France in 1978 and has logged over 2000 dives.  He is a Dive Master and enjoys cave diving.

While searching for a dive club, Cheryl and Dan Rosen found us on the Internet.

Cheryl received her certification in Maryland. Since 2010 she has logged 350 dives. Dan was certified in Virginia and has 344 dives under his weight belt.

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 alook at the photo gallery and take a peek at past events.

I wish you all Happy Diving.I wish you all Happy Diving,

Clare Anthon

Hospitality Coordinator


Hello USA Divers,

Happy Holidays USA Divers,

The 2019 dues for most people are due January 1 so save some of that holiday money for the club!.

Membership would like to welcome three new members:  Gus Lowery has rejoined from his home in NC; Eugene Ryvkin from Boca has joined and Kimberly Lamaze from Coconut Creek.  Welcome to our great dive club.  The best way to get to know us is to participate in our activities, better yet volunteer to help with them.  We have a new application from Roy Harrington, thank you Roy.  

To Robert Horin:  if you are reading this, I need your contact information asap!

I hear the water is still warm enough for diving, come join us.  Please remember that the December general meeting will NOT be at the Marriott Courtyard.  Look for the address on the USA Dive Club Home page.

See you at the club Christmas Party December 8th at the Marriott! 

Best diving wishes,


Eunice Hamblen
Membership Coordinator

Lion Country Safari

Lion Country Safari on Saturday, November 10.

This trip was hugely successful and a lot of fun. We had approximately 31 people and thus the park loaned us 3 vans to tour the park.This allowed each van to take their time and stopping for photo opportunities along the route.

After the tour, everybody enjoyed a meal at the park restaurant together. We were able to secure numerous booths in one area so everybody could talk about what they saw and catch up some.

Please be sure to come out and enjoy our club companionship on future social events.

Chris Hardham
Newsletter Editor

We had visitors along the way

Of course some of these groups enjoyed a meal together like us

We saw groups out for the day like us


Health consideration in diving

 Please see Tom Stenger's SAFETY BLOG article located at https://www.usadiveclub.org/safety.


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 $45.00
$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
$5 discount off all dive charters donated by Force-E
Free 1-day tank rental from Force-E
Free tank refills, 2 each donated by Dixie Divers
Free 2-tank dive on Lady Go Diver from Dixie Divers
 T-shirt, Ocean Day, size XXL from Dixie Divers
DAN luggage tags, 2 each donated by USA Dive Club
 Book dive locations by Dr. Ray McAllister donated by Chris Hardham
Book “Pirate Hunters” by Robert Kurson donated by Stephanie Voris
 $10 gift card from Publix
Lobster tickle stick donated by Karen Hausheer
 T-shirt Dive logo, size XX from Shark Conservancy

Russ and Julie Manhold
Promotions Coordinators


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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



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

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