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Vol. 52 No. 06

Wide Angle Shark Photography - Not Just Another Portrait
(In-Person Speaker)

Often, when I look at shark photography on social media, in magazines, or at many presentations, I have noticed that although the photos are of interesting sharks, and technically excellent, they lack sizzle – the wow factor! Why is that? Most underwater photographers are so caught up in the capture, that they forget about creating a story or an imaginative and artsy photograph, and just photograph the standard side view portrait. Granted, many underwater photographers have taken a huge step out of their comfort zone, just to dive with and photograph sharks. I will be discussing the next step(s) and will explain how I plan, set up, design, and photograph sharks in the wild.

Gary's pictures are found at

Gary Rose MD has been a certified diver for over 45 years and is a PADI OpenWater Instructor. As a Plastic Surgeon and former Associate Professor of Microbiology and Surgery at the College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, he has fulfilled his life passion as a marine biologist with his research on marine microorganisms, as well as large ocean apex predators.  Dr. Rose lectures all over the world on “Shark Identification and Behavior” and gives seminars on “Updates On Diving Medicine”. An avid underwater photographer, his articles appear in Alert Diver and X-RAY magazines.   Dr. Rose is a member of the Divers Alert Network and The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. You can find him on weekends diving our local waters and photographing our plentiful and diverse sharks. You can reach him at

Overseas Diving Update

Upcoming trips 2024:

  • Little Cayman Beach Resort July 6-13, 2024 - This trip is officially closed - but on request we might still be able to sell "filled rooms" - please inquire with Marie or Nils
  • Solomon Islands: Bilikiki live aboard, New dates: July 24 - Aug 3, 2024
    • We have found a land based extensions in PNG - 10 days after Bilikiki: Tufi Resort - very close to Port Moresby - and serviced by a private airline (good for our photographer's luggage)
    • At this time Nils wants to hear from everybody interested...
    • The airfare from Fiji to Solomon and back is selling out fast
    • Updated trip details - see overseas travel pages or click here: Trip details _ 2024
    • We have added a recent Under Current article to the trip description - downloadable pdf.

The "far-out" future - 2025 and beyond

  • Before we make commitments and decisions on behalf of the club we are interested in hearing from our past travelers - say Fiji and Indonesia: How likely are you to join the club on another exotic trip - and if you are interested - what destinations?

Upcoming trips 2025:

TENTATIVE - Philippines - in Q2/Q3 - land and liveaboard. Please let me know if you would be interested:

CONFIRMED - Roatan Aggressor - Sept 6-13, 2025. Will be advertised for sale in the fall (Sept/Oct)

    Nils Jacobsen
    VP Overseas Diving

      Presidents Waves

      Hello from Bali. Our summer travel for the club has started with the BVI trip. Looking forward to pictures and the trip report.

      Spring has sprung and the weather is ready to cool off diving. Ryan has a lot of local dives scheduled, come out and look for the flora and fauna we hear about in our monthly presentations. Many of our members are diving actively currently in addition to our dedicated bridge divers. Please keep an eye on upcoming dives and join in if you are inclined. It is always a lot of fun catching up on the boat and having lunch afterward with friends.

      There are several positions on the Board of Directors where help would be greatly appreciated. It is a great opportunity to learn about the club and our membership. The members that volunteer their time would appreciate some new blood to join the BoD and help guide the club into the future.

      Our overseas participation has dropped this year compared to last year, this is a major benefit of our club and source of revenue. If you have locations you would like to visit, please let Nils know so he can look for good deals at DEMA this fall.

      The club has been growing at a faster rate than since I joined the club, please come to meetings and help our club grow.

      Happy diving,

      Chris Hardham

      Hospitality Hut

      Greetings From The Hospitality Hut,

      At the May general meeting of our Club, one first time guest was introduced.

      Jeb Zella found us on the Internet.  He was certified in Orlando in 1992 and has logged 500 dives as an Advanced Open Water diver.

      I encourage you to visit our home page  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


      Local Diving

      Overseas Dive Trips

      Educational Blog

      This article represents the views of the author.  The article has not been fact checked by myself, the Board of Directors or any member of the USA Dive Club.

      Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing.


      by Gareth Lock

      Do we learn from accidents as a diving culture and, as a result, take the actions, where needed, to improve divers’ safety? Though we might like to think that’s the case, the reality is more complicated as human factors coach Gareth Lock explains in some detail. Lock offers a broad six-point plan to help the community boost its learning chops. We gave him an A for effort. See what you think.

      For the complete GUE article, please use the following link.

      Does The Sport Diving Community Learn from Accidents? - InDepth (

      Last dinner in BVI - 2024


      Nick Nash resides on the west coast of Florida, specifically the Fort Myers area.  He discovered the USA Dive Club while searching for a dive club on the Internet.  Although he is new to the sport, he has cherished the dream of becoming a scuba diver since childhood.  Therefore, he considers his first dive as his most memorable dive, having finally accomplished something he has wanted to do all his life.

      He has a long list of diving destinations he would like to explore including the Red Sea, diving in Mexico while on a cruise vacation, visiting the Florida springs such as Devil's Den, diving with the grouper in West Palm Beach, and lobster hunting in the Keys or Miami. 

      Nick spent eight years working as a nurse before making a recent career change. He is now a real estate sales associate and is working in property management.  Apart from scuba diving, Nick has a few other interests including a love of cars, particularly the Mercedes Benz.  He is also a fan of tattoos and dogs and helps animals whenever he can.  You can find Nick exercising at the gym, fishing, and taking nature walks.  Additionally, neurochemistry and psychology are some of his top interests. 

      Mark Osherow was recommended to join the USA Dive Club by a friend.  He is a Master Diver with over 300 dives and holds 11 certifications.  Mark is excited to participate in the diving opportunities provided by the Club and is currently working towards completing his Divemaster certification. 

      Mark cherishes every dive but Round Rock in Grand Cayman is his most memorable one.  When not diving, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, swimming, cycling, and watching movies. 

      He loves taking underwater videos and has uploaded some of his work on YouTube under the name @seadeepdivingFL. You are welcome to check them out. 

      Jack Halpern was recommended to the USA Dive Club by other divers in the area.  A Bronx, NY native, he started diving in New York in 1963.  He holds YMCA and PADI Advanced Open Water diving certifications and has completed hundreds of dives, many of which were in cold, northern waters.  In 1996, Jack moved to Highland Beach, FL with his wife Joan, who is also a diver along with three of their children and two of their grandchildren.

      His most memorable dive was in Tahiti on a ship with 350 other people, only a small number of whom were divers.  The divers would board tenders and go diving on the beautiful Tahitian reefs.  One of Jack’s favorite places is Looe Key Marine Sanctuary in the Florida Keys.

      Jack is a mining engineer with two advanced degrees in geotechnical engineering.  His consulting business of over 50 years was interrupted in 2017 by Hurricane Irma, which flooded his home and convinced Jack it was time to retire.  After retiring, he joined the Guardian Ad Litem Program and cared for 10 foster children.

      When not diving, Jack volunteers for the community in many capacities.  In the past, he was active for five years as Turtle “Handmaiden” for the northern 3/4 mile of Highland Beach.  Additionally, he is a board member of his condominium association and has been involved in various other commissions and citizens groups.  He also has a keen interest in the sport of archery.

      Jack is looking forward to joining the Club activities and getting back to diving on a more regular basis.

      The USA Dive Club is pleased to welcome Nick, Mark and Jack, as its newest members and wishes them an enjoyable experience with the club.

      As always, we invite you to browse through our extensive Photo Gallery to take a look at our social and diving activities.



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