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Vol. 47 No.6

Program for General Meeting

May 29, 2019 1:10 PM    Roger Cooper

Making Friends With Sharks Without Feeding Them
By Jim Abernethy

Jim Abernethy, an award-winning underwater photographer, author, filmmaker and conservationist. He is a pioneer in large predatory cageless shark encounters with some of the world's most notorious sharks. Scuba diving since his youth inspired his life's mission to spread the word about the importance of worldwide ocean conservation.

For decades, Abernethy has been running photography/video expeditions to guide encounters with the world's largest predatory sharks. He pioneered shark encounters without a cage (day and night) with tiger sharks, great hammerheads, oceanic white tips, bulls, and lemon sharks. Jim’s tireless efforts to help save sharks around the world were part of the reason why the Bahamian waters were recognized as a shark sanctuary, in July 2011. This was a huge victory for sharks around the world.

His award-winning marine life images are represented in galleries, nature & photography magazines, as well as his stock agent, National Geographic. Raising awareness about the need for conservation remains Abernethy’s primary focus when aiming his camera at wildlife subjects. Additionally, he has launched two separate series of books, in collaboration with award-winning author Jennifer R. Nolan, that seek to educate and empower others to join in key conservation efforts.

Abernethy has hosted and been featured in many of the world's top nature filmmakers shows, such as Imax, National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Animal Planet, and the Discovery Channel. His images are available at National Geographic Image Library. He owns the "Marine Life Art Gallery" in West Palm Beach, FL, where his captivating images and unique and educational books are available as well. When he's not below sea level, Jim is often seen piloting his flying inflatable boat (ultra-light), "Oversear," in order to capture nature at sea with his lens from an aerial perspective.

While Abernethy is well known as a world-class photographer and passionate conservationist, it's his unique ability to bring divers up close to some of the largest predatory sharks safely, in turn inspiring them to become vocal and passionate ambassadors to save the sharks, that separates him from the rest.

Abernethy is best known for the relentless pursuit of his life's mission: to save the planet's ocean creatures, starting with sharks, through his photography, books, films, and presentations. His colleagues have recognized Abernethy with four lifetime achievement awards for his relentless dedication to ocean conservation and the protection of sharks. He was the recipient of the Eleanor Fletcher Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award at the Go Blue Event in 2011, the Crest Award from Gumbo Limbo in 2013 and was honored with The Wyland Icon award in 2011. Last year he received the Shark-Con 2018 Conservation award for his relentless efforts saving sharks!

Jim is the founder of three ocean conservation-based non-profits Operation Blue Pride, WildlifeVOICE and Project Seahorse for Kids. Operation Blue Pride helps veterans learn to scuba dive, while forming an army of advocates to take on ocean issues. WildlifeVOICE works with many entities, giving a voice for those who cannot speak. Presently, WildlifeVOICE is working to protect wildlife in the state of Florida from the Red Tide issues. WildlifeVOICE was the driving force in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWCC) April 2018 decision to continue protecting the critically endangered goliath grouper.

Believing that science is critical to saving our wildlife, Jim works with a number of scientists by providing them with the resources necessary for the collection of marine science data. To date, the fields of research to which Jim’s company has been able to assist include formal and informal studies of: sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, cephalopods, reef ecosystems and coral reefs just to name a few.

Jim lives primarily at sea, in the Bahamas, running shark expeditions and wild dolphin encounters year-round on his boat, "Shear Water." He can also be found in Mexico running eco-tourism expeditions for whale sharks and manta rays. His dive business, Jim Abernethy's Scuba Adventures Inc., is based in West Palm Beach, FL. For more information you are invited to visit: www.scuba-adventures.com.

Presidents Waves

May 29, 2019 8:53 PMRoger Cooper

Let's take a brief look at our website, usadiveclub.org. Over on the far right of the main menu you will find Web Links. If you look at that page, you will find links to our sponsors as well as useful links for divers. There are several links for weather, including a link to the NOAA local marine forecast.

There are several links for webcams around South Florida, in case you want to check how the beaches look from the comfort of your home.  We have links to safety information, and to South Florida diving information. We have links to scuba organization like NAUI and PADI, and we have links to other scuba clubs. We also have links to internationally known web resources related to scuba diving.

The most recent addition to our Web Links page is a link to a shop (One World - Zero Waste) that sells reusable items (e.g., metal drinking straws, bamboo eating utensils) which replace single use plastic items. If you know of any other web links that might be of general interest, please let me know.

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

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Hospitality Hut

May 15, 2019 11:35 AM   Clare Florio Anthon

Greetings From The Hospitality Hut,

I hope the ocean is warming up so all of the warm water divers can Dive, Dive, Dive!

I am pleased to report 2 first-time guests attended the May general meeting of the Under Sea Adventurers Dive Club.

Member Gary S. introduced Kristy Padron to the club. Kristy was certified in 2005 and has logged 50 dives.  She enjoys recreational drift diving.

Member Ronnie F. was accompanied by Gina Sawat.  Gina is not a diver. She came along to enjoy our wonderful guest speaker from the Diving Museum.

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


May 29, 2019 11:24 AMEunice Hamblen

Hello Summer Divers!

Membership would like to welcome Kimberly Oberst as our latest new member.  Thank you Don Chalaire for your referral.  

While I write this many of our members are enjoying the Little Cayman dive trip.  This being one of our most popular club destinations.   Summer is our most active dive season since we love the warmer waters. We will have Caribbean trips as well as local diving.  Several years ago we added "mini" trips which may include a weekend in the keys are the Bahamas.  In addition to the diving we have many social activities during the year.

Interested dive folks are invited to our general meetings the first Thursday of the month.  You are welcome to join in our activities as a guest or download our membership application from the main page and see us at the meeting.  We welcome new members.  

Come join the fun. 

Eunice Hamblen                                Stephanie Voris
Membership Coordinators

May 02, 2019 2:38 PMRoger Cooper

We gathered at the dock behind Shooters in Ft. Lauderdale to catch a water taxi at 10 am. The taxi was late, but that gave us time to talk and hit the restrooms before jumping on a boat for the three hour round trip. It was a fun trip with lots to see. On the outbound leg, the boat captain told a few jokes. Then when we stopped in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, we picked up an official announcer, who entertained us with information about history, houses, and yachts on the way back.

During the ride, we saw:

 the water taxi,
 little boats,
 big boats,
 houses with art,
 houses with boats,
 and boats with boats.

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.


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 $50.00 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
One free tank rental for air or for Nitrox donated by Force-E
Two free boat dives donated by Dixie Divers
Two Wakatobi grab bags
Two (2) free dive trips donated by Scuba Tyme
Ten free Nitrox fills when you purchase ten donated by Scuba Network
Five free air fills from Scuba Network
 One (1) charging station donated by Larry Townsend
Black Water Dive Book donated by Linda Ianniello
 -Five free T-shirts donated by I-Heart Music Festival

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

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