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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
 Photographer  
 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
President

Overseas Dive Trips

Local Diving

  • No upcoming local dives

Mini-Trips

  • 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





Membership

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,

Enjoy,

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!


SOCIAL EVENT January 27

LUNCH at FLIP FLOPS

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.



Upcoming events

    • March 07, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Courtyard Marriott Ft. Lauderdale North

    Courtyard Marriott North Ft Lauderdale
    2440 W. Cypress Creek Road

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309-1829

    Feel free to join us for dinner @ 6:00 PM in The Bistro, food and beverage service provided, located in the Courtyard By Marriott North Fort Lauderdale/Cypress Creek.  Social Time begins around 7:00 PM in the Florida Room.  The general meeting starts at 7:30 PM with current events, announcements of local dives, mini-trips, status of overseas trips, announcements of social activities, and the Lobster Pot! Then our monthly guest speaker takes center stage for an informative, often educational, definitely entertaining presentation on a dive subject, exotic dive destination, or perhaps new equipment.  Please come to one of our meetings the first Thursday of each month.  Visitors and guests are welcome.

    • March 09, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Kathi McCutcheon's house

    Potluck Dinner and Pool Party

    Saturday, March 9, 2019 starting at about 4:00 pm at Kathi McCutcheon's house

    Bring a dish to share and BYOB.  Join the activities such as swimming in the pool, playing volleyball or badminton. Enjoy the food and drinks.  After nightfall, enjoy the fireworks display put on by the city for Founders Day.

    More details and a signup sheet will be provided at the general meeting in February. Be sure to let us know what dish you will be bringing so we do not have too many duplicates. Thanks.

    Hope to see you there.

    Alan Feuerman
    VP of Social Events

    • April 04, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Courtyard Marriott Ft. Lauderdale North

    Courtyard Marriott North Ft Lauderdale
    2440 W. Cypress Creek Road

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309-1829

    Feel free to join us for dinner @ 6:00 PM in The Bistro, food and beverage service provided, located in the Courtyard By Marriott North Fort Lauderdale/Cypress Creek.  Social Time begins around 7:00 PM in the Florida Room.  The general meeting starts at 7:30 PM with current events, announcements of local dives, mini-trips, status of overseas trips, announcements of social activities, and the Lobster Pot! Then our monthly guest speaker takes center stage for an informative, often educational, definitely entertaining presentation on a dive subject, exotic dive destination, or perhaps new equipment.  Please come to one of our meetings the first Thursday of each month.  Visitors and guests are welcome.

    • May 02, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Courtyard Marriott Ft. Lauderdale North

    Courtyard Marriott North Ft Lauderdale
    2440 W. Cypress Creek Road

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309-1829

    Feel free to join us for dinner @ 6:00 PM in The Bistro, food and beverage service provided, located in the Courtyard By Marriott North Fort Lauderdale/Cypress Creek.  Social Time begins around 7:00 PM in the Florida Room.  The general meeting starts at 7:30 PM with current events, announcements of local dives, mini-trips, status of overseas trips, announcements of social activities, and the Lobster Pot! Then our monthly guest speaker takes center stage for an informative, often educational, definitely entertaining presentation on a dive subject, exotic dive destination, or perhaps new equipment.  Please come to one of our meetings the first Thursday of each month.  Visitors and guests are welcome.

    • May 25, 2019
    • June 01, 2019
    • Little Cayman
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    IT’s Back!  It’s Bigger!  It’s Better!

    LITTLE CAYMAN!

    2019, May 25 – June 1st!

    We have two places to stay at!  You can choose from a double room at the Little Cayman Resort (20 spots), and for a limited number of divers, we have two luxury condos, each for four people (8 spots) available at the ‘Club at Little Cayman’, which is just a short stroll down the beach from our dive shop.

    Spend a relaxing week at the premier, deluxe, full service resort(s) on Little Cayman Island.  We have been there multiple years running, and we’re going back again – because it’s just that good!  Rated as the number one destination in the Caribbean for wall diving, number two for favorite reef diving, the sea life and underwater photography, the dive sites, water temps and visibility are outstanding, never to be forgotten by those who have experienced them.  For those of you who have not experienced the diving at Little Cayman, it’s everything you can dream about, dramatic vistas, amazing photo opportunities/views, wildlife that must be seen to be believed (like the friendly groupers that follow you like a puppy everywhere)!

    Divers don’t have to lug gear every day from their rooms or even onto the boat. Your gear will be collected once you arrive and stored at the shop next to the dock. You set up your gear the first day on the boat and after that, the Reef Diver crew set up your gear and change your tanks for you. You need only to stroll down the dock, jump on a boat (the large, comfortable, covered boats!) and go diving. The four boats are 42 to 46 ft long and 16 ft. wide and have freshwater showers and restrooms.  Rinse tanks and a drying room are on the dock for mask, fins and wet suits. 

    Ryan Goheen will be your trip leader (ozarkdivemaster@gmail.com).  The trip starts at Miami airport, flying to Grand Cayman, then catching Cayman Airway’s flight to Little Cayman.  Little Cayman is instituting a $25 fee for luggage.  Here is the link to the Cayman Airways new baggage fee structure as well, so as always, pack light, but the good news is that they have reduced their extra baggage fees:

    https://www.caymanairways.com/NewBaggageFeeStructure

    Once there, we dive, eat, relax, and just generally have a fantastic time for the whole week!  There are pools at both resorts, wi-fi, beach chairs and hammocks, and you can rent kayaks, sailboats, and paddleboards as well.  All diving and dining will be done at the Little Cayman Resort.  Nitrox comes included!  And you can also purchase extra afternoon dives either as a package or as individual add-ons (although without the discount in that event).

    If you want to sign up, click here to down load the signup sheet:  2019 LCBR signup v1.10.pdf, fill it out, then mail it with a check and with copies of your Certification Card and diver's insurance to the Club Treasurer, Ronnie Farr.

    It’s always wise to purchase travel insurance for any trip. Here are a few links you can use if interested:

    https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/

    https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/travel/

    http://www.mhross.com/



    • June 06, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Courtyard Marriott Ft. Lauderdale North

    Courtyard Marriott North Ft Lauderdale
    2440 W. Cypress Creek Road

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309-1829

    Feel free to join us for dinner @ 6:00 PM in The Bistro, food and beverage service provided, located in the Courtyard By Marriott North Fort Lauderdale/Cypress Creek.  Social Time begins around 7:00 PM in the Florida Room.  The general meeting starts at 7:30 PM with current events, announcements of local dives, mini-trips, status of overseas trips, announcements of social activities, and the Lobster Pot! Then our monthly guest speaker takes center stage for an informative, often educational, definitely entertaining presentation on a dive subject, exotic dive destination, or perhaps new equipment.  Please come to one of our meetings the first Thursday of each month.  Visitors and guests are welcome.

    • July 06, 2019
    • July 13, 2019
    • 2019 Liveaboard - Jardines Aggressor II

    Cuba – Garden of Queens – July 6-13, 2019 Liveaboard - Jardines Aggressor II

    We are travelling on an “Oceans For Youth Foundation, People to People Program”

    We will fly – direct from Miami on a group booking - to either Santa Clara [or Camaguey] (no Havana, no land based hotels). Then drive 3 hrs to the harbor and board the boat. On return to the airport there is a stop for a free lunch. 5 days of 4 dives a day, 2 dives on Friday. Please see the articles below for what to expect to see, or I have more articles in .pdf format that I can send you on request …

    We got a special DEMA deal with a $500 discount so far

    We do not have a normal payment schedule or procedure – please get special instruction from me before writing checks. Also we are making “personal bookings” with “Oceans for Youth” - cancellation policy as for individuals - hence cancellation insurance might be more important than normal – Provided by Allianz and AG (both European companies). To hold the bookings each diver need to provide a personal check in the amount of $1560 – by 9/22. Port and Environmental fees - $290 – you pay directly in the guest registration process


    VP Overseas Diving
    Nils Jacobsen - overseasdiving@usadiveclub.com

    Links:

    Contact Nils Jacobsen at overseasdiving@usadiveclub.com for more information!  Download the attached files for Cuba Signup!

    2019 Cuba signup v1.10.pdf

    Cuba NL 0906.pdf

    Aggressors website: http://www.oceansforyouth.org/gardens-queen.php - then click buttons both above and below the pictures

    X-ray magazine have these two articles - I say download and read on a full size computer ...

    https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/articles/Travel_Cuba_MatthewMeier_58_locked.pdf

    https://xray-mag.com/pdfs/articles/Travel_Cuba_LarryCohen_58_locked.pdf


    • August 01, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Courtyard Marriott Ft. Lauderdale North

    Courtyard Marriott North Ft Lauderdale
    2440 W. Cypress Creek Road

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309-1829

    Feel free to join us for dinner @ 6:00 PM in The Bistro, food and beverage service provided, located in the Courtyard By Marriott North Fort Lauderdale/Cypress Creek.  Social Time begins around 7:00 PM in the Florida Room.  The general meeting starts at 7:30 PM with current events, announcements of local dives, mini-trips, status of overseas trips, announcements of social activities, and the Lobster Pot! Then our monthly guest speaker takes center stage for an informative, often educational, definitely entertaining presentation on a dive subject, exotic dive destination, or perhaps new equipment.  Please come to one of our meetings the first Thursday of each month.  Visitors and guests are welcome.

    • September 05, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Courtyard Marriott Ft. Lauderdale North

    Courtyard Marriott North Ft Lauderdale
    2440 W. Cypress Creek Road

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309-1829

    Feel free to join us for dinner @ 6:00 PM in The Bistro, food and beverage service provided, located in the Courtyard By Marriott North Fort Lauderdale/Cypress Creek.  Social Time begins around 7:00 PM in the Florida Room.  The general meeting starts at 7:30 PM with current events, announcements of local dives, mini-trips, status of overseas trips, announcements of social activities, and the Lobster Pot! Then our monthly guest speaker takes center stage for an informative, often educational, definitely entertaining presentation on a dive subject, exotic dive destination, or perhaps new equipment.  Please come to one of our meetings the first Thursday of each month.  Visitors and guests are welcome.

    • October 03, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Courtyard Marriott Ft. Lauderdale North

    Courtyard Marriott North Ft Lauderdale
    2440 W. Cypress Creek Road

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309-1829

    Feel free to join us for dinner @ 6:00 PM in The Bistro, food and beverage service provided, located in the Courtyard By Marriott North Fort Lauderdale/Cypress Creek.  Social Time begins around 7:00 PM in the Florida Room.  The general meeting starts at 7:30 PM with current events, announcements of local dives, mini-trips, status of overseas trips, announcements of social activities, and the Lobster Pot! Then our monthly guest speaker takes center stage for an informative, often educational, definitely entertaining presentation on a dive subject, exotic dive destination, or perhaps new equipment.  Please come to one of our meetings the first Thursday of each month.  Visitors and guests are welcome.

    • November 07, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Courtyard Marriott Ft. Lauderdale North

    Courtyard Marriott North Ft Lauderdale
    2440 W. Cypress Creek Road

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309-1829

    Feel free to join us for dinner @ 6:00 PM in The Bistro, food and beverage service provided, located in the Courtyard By Marriott North Fort Lauderdale/Cypress Creek.  Social Time begins around 7:00 PM in the Florida Room.  The general meeting starts at 7:30 PM with current events, announcements of local dives, mini-trips, status of overseas trips, announcements of social activities, and the Lobster Pot! Then our monthly guest speaker takes center stage for an informative, often educational, definitely entertaining presentation on a dive subject, exotic dive destination, or perhaps new equipment.  Please come to one of our meetings the first Thursday of each month.  Visitors and guests are welcome.

Past events

February 07, 2019 February General Meeting
January 31, 2019 Yap - Palau, Feb. 2019
January 27, 2019 Lunch at Shooters followed by Intercoastal Boat Tour
January 10, 2019 Board of Directors meeting
January 03, 2019 January General Meeting
December 16, 2018 Board of Directors meeting
December 08, 2018 USA Dive Club Holiday Party
December 06, 2018 December General Meeting and Elections
November 10, 2018 Lion Country Safari
November 08, 2018 November Board of Directors meeting
November 01, 2018 November General Meeting
October 18, 2018 Board of Directors meeting
October 14, 2018 Oct 14th with Diversity
October 13, 2018 October 13th with Scuba Tyme
October 07, 2018 Coral Reef Day at Museum of Discovery & Science
October 06, 2018 October 6th with Parrot Island
October 04, 2018 October General Meeting
September 29, 2018 Key Dives in Islamorada
September 23, 2018 September 23rd with Scuba Tyme
September 22, 2018 Funky Buddha Brewery
September 15, 2018 September 15th with Diversity
September 13, 2018 Board of Directors meeting
September 06, 2018 September General Meeting
August 19, 2018 August 19th with Scuba Tyme
August 11, 2018 Bonaire - Divi Flamingo Resort - August 11-18, 2018
August 09, 2018 Board of Directors meeting
August 05, 2018 August 5th with Loggerhead
August 02, 2018 August General Meeting
July 28, 2018 Tour of Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse & Lunch at Two Georges at the Cove
July 21, 2018 July 21st with Diversity
July 12, 2018 July Board of Directors meeting
July 08, 2018 July 8th with South Florida
July 05, 2018 July General Meeting
July 01, 2018 Wine tasting and Dinner at CoopersHawk Restaurant
June 30, 2018 June 30th with Odyssey Divers
June 24, 2018 June 24th with Scuba Tyme
June 16, 2018 Cozumel - Iberostar June 16 - 23, 2018
June 14, 2018 Board of Directors meeting
June 09, 2018 June 9th with Loggerhead Divers
June 07, 2018 June General Meeting
June 02, 2018 COBALT COAST DIVE RESORT, GRAND CAYMAN
May 26, 2018 May 26th with Odyssey Divers
May 16, 2018 Mini-Trip to Bimini
May 12, 2018 Kayaking event - Winton Manners Loop
May 10, 2018 Board of Directors meeting
May 05, 2018 CANCELLED - May 5th with Parrot Island Scuba
May 03, 2018 May General Meeting
April 29, 2018 iFly Experience and Lunch
April 23, 2018 April 22nd with Logerhead
April 14, 2018 BAHAMAS AGGRESSOR - April 14-21, 2018
April 10, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting
April 07, 2018 April 7th with Diversity
April 05, 2018 April General Meeting
March 31, 2018 Kayaking in the Keys!
March 17, 2018 March 17th with Scuba Tyme
March 10, 2018 Potluck Dinner with Fireworks
March 08, 2018 Board of Directors meeting
March 01, 2018 March General Meeting
February 03, 2018 Manatee Festival 2018 at Manatee Lagoon
February 01, 2018 February General Meeting
January 27, 2018 Kayaking - Jonathan Dickinson State Park
January 21, 2018 Monster Miniature Golf & Lunch at Casa Tequila
January 17, 2018 Tommy Younger - Celebration of Life
January 11, 2018 Board of Directors meeting
January 04, 2018 January General Meeting
December 07, 2017 2017 Holiday Party
November 09, 2017 Board of Directors meeting
November 02, 2017 November General Meeting
October 22, 2017 Eat, Drink and Play
October 14, 2017 Diving with Starfish
October 07, 2017 Diving with Diversity
October 05, 2017 October General Meeting
September 29, 2017 Black Fin Resort in Marathon ** CANCELED **
September 23, 2017 Diving with Scuba Tyme
September 17, 2017 Diving with Dixie Divers
September 10, 2017 Diving with Kyalami ** CANCELED **
September 07, 2017 September General Meeting ** CANCELED **
August 26, 2017 Diving with Odyssey
August 12, 2017 Diving with Loggerhead
August 12, 2017 Cozumel - August 12-19, 2017
August 05, 2017 Diving with Starfish
August 03, 2017 August General Meeting
July 22, 2017 Mini-Trip to Islamorada
July 11, 2017 South Florida Underwater Photography Society meeting
July 08, 2017 Diving with Parrot Island Scuba
July 06, 2017 July General Meeting

 

Health consideration in diving

 Please see Tom Stenger's SAFETY BLOG article located at https://www.usadiveclub.org/safety.

LOBSTER POT WINNERS

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



ITEMS FOR SALE OR RENT OR FREE

For SALE:

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

ITEM FOR SALE

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




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