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February 2019 Newsletter

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Vol. 47 No.2

Program for General Meeting

A Trip to Guadalupe Island – Diving With The Great White Sharks

Dr. Gary Rose will take you to Guadalupe Island on his dive with the Great White Sharks. The journey will also review logistics, the do’s and don’ts, and survival tips.  He will also give you an entertaining overview of what makes sharks such great survivors – how their multiple senses are so different than our own.

Gary Rose MD has been a diver for over 45 years and is a PADI Open Water Instructor. As a Plastic Surgeon and Associate Professor of Microbiology at the College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University he has fulfilled his life passion as a marine biologist with his research, including marine microorganisms, as well as large ocean apex predators.  Dr. Rose lectures all over the world in an interactive and entertaining style. His years of experience are evident in the many stories and anecdotes he relates. Dr. Rose is a member of the Divers Alert Network and The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. You can find him on weekends diving with the sharks and pursuing his love of underwater photography.

Presidents Waves

At the Board of Directors meeting in January, the following people were appointed to positions on the Board of Directors. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered time and effort to work for our club.

Appointed Position Name
 Audio/Video Coordinator  Roman Boszko
 John Ficarra
 Membership Coordinator  Eunice Hamblen
 Stephanie Voris
 Hospitality Coordinator  Clare Anthon
 Social Media Coordinator  Howard Ratsch
 Promotions Coordinator  Alan Feuerman
 Ken Glaser
 Newsletter  Chris Hardham
 Webmaster  Roger Cooper
 Historian  Robert Shearer
 Mini Trip Coordinator  Ryan Goheen
 Safety Coordinator
 Tom Stenger

We are still looking for a volunteer to be club photographer. If you like taking pictures at events, then please volunteer to help. You do not have to attend every event or attend Board meetings. If we could find multiple people to switch off taking pictures at events, that would be great too. Please contact me or any Board member if you would be willing to help us record the history of our club.

While we have no official photographer, the Board asks every event organizer to find someone willing to take pictures at the event, and send the pictures to Julie Manhold. If the event organizer is not too busy during the event, they can take the pictures. Thanks for helping us keep a record of the fun we have.

In the January meeting, I asked how many people like to see sharks while diving. Quite a few hands went up. Therefore, in an effort to show what you are missing if you don't go to Cuba, here are some links to short videos I shot while in Cuba.   Facebook Video 1  Facebook Video 2  And a photo album.

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

Overseas Dive Trips

Local Diving

  • No upcoming local dives


  • No upcoming mini-trips

Social events

Hospitality Hut

Greetings From the Hospitality Hut,

Unfortunately I have no first-time guests to report.  However, all the first-time guests, from previous months, have completed membership applications. Our numbers are growing!

Please remember to greet guests and new members and introduce yourself to them.  Guests are easily spotted by the familiar "Hello My Name Is" tag.

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


Hello USA Divers,

February brings cooler seas and only the strong of heart are diving locally.  That is OK since our dive club has many social activities planned so check them out.   Membership would like to welcome Dan and Cheryl Rosen as our latest new members.  I believe they won the lobster pot at their first meeting.  

Remember all guest are welcome to our general meeting.  Guest are also welcome to our social events when accompanied by a member.  We also encourage members to get involved in planning club activities.  We are all volunteers.  That makes a great club!

Best diving wishes,


Eunice Hamblen
Membership Coordinator

USA's newest Hall of Fame member

Ewa Tomas has been approved as our latest HoF member, please congratulate Ewa next time you see her and appreciate all of the hard work she has done for our club.

USAers Down Under

What better way to vacation in January than diving the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

USA Dive Club members Chris and Jim Guld preparing to dive… Chris wearing a familiar T-shirt!



Unfortunately the weather wasn't cooperating Sunday, so the tour on the water taxi was postponed. 14 fellow USA members did enjoy lunch and socializing. We hope everybody will come out when the water taxi tour is rescheduled.


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 $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
DAN luggage tags, donated by the club
Bistro flatbread coupon donated by Courtyard by Marriott
Bistro flatbread coupon donated by Courtyard by Marriott
Coupon for $25% off on services, donated by Force-E
Free 1-day tank rental from Force-E
Event Passport (buy 8 dives, get $50 gift card) donated by Force-E
 Free air fills, 2 each donated by Dixie Divers
Free 2-tank dive on Lady Go Diver from Dixie Divers
 Pelican case, donated by Karen Hausheer
Dive T-shirt, donated by Shark Conservancy
 TherOcline Gloves, donated by Marc Cohen
“Diving Palm Beach County Locations”, donated by Chris Hardham
 REAL.FUN DIVING T-shirt, size XL, donated by Ken Glaser
 Rolling Scuba Travel Bag by Akona with DAN Luggage Tag, donated by Chris Hardham
 Luggage Wrap, donated by guest speaker Bonnie Barnes

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.


Octomask GoPro mask. Used twice, like new. I'm asking $60. Stephanie Voris

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