Program for General Meeting
The speaker for our March meeting is Steve d'Oliveira. He will give a presentation about BugFest-By-The-Sea.Steve is the Public Information Officer for Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. He runs the town's annual BugFest-By-The-Sea mini-season Lobster Festival. He is a certified scuba diver and has lived in Florida since 1980. Prior to working for the town, he was a staff writer for the Fort Lauderdale News & Sun-Sentinel, where he covered diving and marine environmental issues.
My wife and I won four of the eight items in the February Lobster Pot drawings. The money the club receives selling Lobster Pot tickets is an important source of income to help offset our biggest expense - our hotel meeting room. I would like everyone to purchase more tickets, so in February I decided it was time to set a good example. Hopefully, in the coming months members will purchase more tickets, the winnings will be more evenly distributed, and the club will be the big winner thanks to your donations.
There is still one open spot for a female diver on the Bahamas Aggressor, April 14-21. Check it out. https://www.aggressor.com/bahamas.php
Also, I am surprised we have not yet filled the Bonaire trip, August 11-18. If you wonder why I am surprised, just check out these sites.
And check out the posts on our Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/usadiveclub) Howard just posted a link to an article about how some of the underwater photography was done for the movie The Shape of Water. I might have to watch the movie again just to see if I can pick out the scenes they are talking about.
Overseas Dive Trips
Greetings From The Hospitality Hut,
Spring is just around the corner and with it, hopefully, warmer bottom temps!
I am happy to report 1 new guest attended the March general meeting of the Under Sea Adventurers Dive Club.
Member Tom Stenger introduced Steve Peets to the club. Steve is an instructor and has been diving since 1977, He has logged over 1000 dives.
Please be sure to introduce yourself to guests when you see them at our meetings.
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.
March is supposed to roar, but February had its share of windy days. Seas were rough! USA Dive club still had fun with Monster Gooney Golf and the Manatee experience in Riviera Beach. Some of us like to kayak in protected waters when diving isn't possible. We welcome new members in all our activities!
Speaking of new members, Membership now has 7 new membership applications for the Board to review. That is a record! Most of them are out of state new members going on Nancy Styles Cozumel trip in June. I hope we get to see them on other trips as well.
If you are a certified diver and would like a fun group to dive, camp, kayak and socialize with, come to our meetings the first Thursday of each month. See for yourself that we are friendly and accepting people.
Remember guests are welcome to attend our general meetings too. We have a busy dive agenda as well as other fun activities.
I have had a few people ask me about putting on a CPR/ First Aid class for the club. As you may know I am a current Dive Instructor as well as CPR/ First Aid Trainer.
I wanted to get a feel for who may be interested. It was suggested that this could be done as a social event and that would be a great ideal.
I could either host it at a site down on Ft Lauderdale Beach for a minimal cost (paid to the building) at the USCG Auxiliary building followed by dinner down there on Ft Lauderdale Beach. It can also be hosted by a club member, if someone would like to host it at their home (my condo is too small)? Keep in mind that if we have a big turnout space may be tight. I teach at the USCG Auxiliary site and it can easily hold 50 people.
Although this would be a full certification class, you will not be issued a card. If you would like a card their is a fees, I have to pay to the certifying agency and if you would like to pay that I will issue you the card. The card is not necessary, but many need it to meet certain work requirements (IE: OSHA Standards, Daycare Workers, Boat Captains, Active Divemasters, ETC. )
The class would take about 4-5 hours (depending on how everyone is getting it) and would be scheduled on a Sun late Morning till the afternoon.
This is a great skill to have for your everyday life. If you are interested please email me and let me know it you want the card as well.
Russ and Julie Manhold
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