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Vol. 46 No. 5

Program for General Meeting

David Kaplan, South Florida Reef Research Team

Our speaker will be David Kaplan, Director of the South Florida Reef Research Team, Inc. (SFRRT) He will be talking about the organization and the equipment they use to collect data at three sites off Broward County they visit four times each year. The next dive is May 27th and he is looking for volunteers to fill four spots for advanced divers.

Click here for a link to a video that shows the kinds of things they do.

David Kaplan as been a diver since 1998. He is a NAUI, PADI Divemaster, commercial hard hat diver, tug boat captain, founding member of the South Florida Reef Research Team, and Director of SFRRT for the last 16 years. He presently works for an engineering firm for FDOT on I-95 road and bridge projects.

David Kaplan

Presidents Waves

We have been back from the Bahamas Aggressor for a week. It was difficult to get back into the routine of normal life without the wonderful snacks, the excellent meals, and the diving we enjoyed in the Bahamas. Nils and I did every dive, including the last night dive at the Blue Hole (yes, there is a Blue Hole in the Bahamas), which was spectacular. We did a tour around the top of the hole, finding turtles coming right up to us, stingrays, lobsters, barracudas feeding, and sharks chasing barracuda away to steal their meal. (!!) Exciting!

Please remember to check the Photos page to see pictures from recent social events and local diving. So far this year, we have added albums for the following events.

And don't forget to keep checking the club Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/usadiveclub) Howard has posted a few pictures of the Bahamas Aggressor visit with the swimming pigs, and has provided some local diving reports that should make you want to jump in.

Happy diving,

Roger Cooper

Overseas Dive Trips


  • No upcoming mini-trips

Local Diving

Hospitality Hut

Greetings From The Hospitality Hut,

At the April general meeting of the Under Sea Adventurers Dive Club one former member was introduced.

Bruce Fuller was an active member back in 1997.  He was certified in 1987 and has logged 250 dives.  It is always a treat to see friends from the past.  Be sure to welcome Bruce at future 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,

Clare Anthon

Hospitality Coordinator


Hello May Divers,

We are very proud to have 8 new members, 3 of which are Floridians.  Welcome aboard.   The social chairperson has been very busy creating fun opportunities outside of diving.  I can not wait to see the pictures of the SKYDIVING experience!

Our local dive chairperson is also busy lining up local dives so get your equipment ready and dive dive dive.

Guests are welcome to our general meetings. Next one is May 3rd.  Come introduce yourself.  Stay for our interesting programs and meet some of our fun members.  We have a great group of people.


Eunice Hamblen
Membership Coordinator

Social events

  • No upcoming social events

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Social Event - Report

On Sunday, April 29th, USAers and friends gathered at the new iFLY indoor skydiving facility in Fort Lauderdale for a thrilling USA Dive Club social event.

Appearing below is the list of tunnel flyers, each of whom enjoyed two tunnel flights, accompanied by an iFLY Instructor.  Next to each name is the exact time in the video clip where you can find each person’s first flight.  Just slide the time bar at the bottom of the video presentation to the different times for each individual tunnel flyer:

  • MaryAnn Braun 1:12
  • Jeanne Belus 3:14
  • Ethan Peltcs 5:25
  • Holden Price 7:36
  • Bobby Lucas 9:48
  • Patrice Marker 11:57
  • Kathi McCutcheon 14:13
  • Pat Schwab 16:47
  • Russ Manhold 19:00
  • Alan Feuerman 21:05
  • Frank Morgan 23:23
  • Roman Boszko 25:32

Click on the link below to view the Vimeo video clip which runs for 28 minutes and 28 seconds.  The video is “high definition”, best when viewed full screen or on your computer or TV monitor.  Speakers on.


Our USA tunnel flyers enjoyed a group lunch afterward at Ruby Tuesday located next to iFLY.

Interested in making an indoor skydive?  Click here for more info.

Please share this message with friends and family, and any other hearty souls who always wanted to experience the thrill of indoor skydiving.

Remember to Use Your Signals

by Tom Stenger
Safety Coordinator

Hello Everyone,

     Unless you invest in the fancy full face mask and U/W comms system, you are probably using hand signals? But, just like different languages, hand signals may get a bit confusing and the last thing you need is to send out mixed signals.

     So lets review some of the basic signals right from the Open Water Dive Manual. 

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Here are some for Marine Life. 

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      As we begin the summer dive season be sure to refresh on you signals and before every dive brief your buddy on any special signals you may use. That way when you give them some weird signal, they don't look at you like a confused minion. 

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Tom Stenger
Safety Coordinator


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 sales 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 $78.00 donated by Club
  Kim Whaley
$20 off local dives donated by Club
  Amy Wellman and Maciej Znaniecki
$10 Toojay's gift certificate
  Eunice Hamblen and Ryan Goheen
Bistro flatbread coupon by Courtyard of Marriott
  Carrol Frederick (won 2)
$5 discount for all dive charters by Force-E
  Alan Feuerman
Palm Beach County Diving Locations book from Chris Hardham
  Jim Guld
Reef Fish Identification book by Paul Humann from Chris Hardham

Ryan Goheen
Florida Panthers T-shirt donated by member
  Amy Wellman
T-shirt from Force-E
  Jim Guld
 Free one-day tank rental from Force-E
   Pat Schwab

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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