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Vol. 46 No. 12

Program for General Meeting

John Chatterton

Speaking about his search for a Spanish treasure ship

John Chatterton is one of the world’s most accomplished and well known wreck divers. He was one of the co-hosts for 57 episodes of the History Channel’s Deep Sea Detectives television series, and has worked as a consultant to 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, and CBS. Prior to his career in television, John spent twenty years working as a commercial diver in and around New York City, and on September 11, 2001, was actually working on a project in the water underneath the World Financial Center, across the street from the Tower #1.

His passion has always been researching, locating, and diving the world’s shipwrecks. In 1991, the discovery and subsequent identification of the German submarine U-869, off the coast of New Jersey, was the subject of a television documentary, Hitler’s Lost Sub, a two hour special for the popular NOVA series on PBS. This same story was the subject of a Random House bestselling book by Rob Kurson, Shadow Divers. It has been published in more than 23 languages, as well as an audio book  The movie rights to the international bestseller have been purchased by a major studio.

There is much more to his biography here.

Presidents Waves

REMINDER: The December 6th meeting is in a different location.

Elections will be conducted at the General Membership meeting on December 6th at the Township Community Clubhouse, 2424 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek, FL  33063 (the corner of Copans Road and Lyons Road).

The Holiday party is at the Courtyard by Marriot on December 8th. Note that the election is at the free General Membership meeting on Thursday, not the Holiday Party for which we have to pay. The Board of Directors did not want members to have to pay to come to the election.

USA Dive Club Members:  Club Bylaws require that the Board’s proposed slate of officers be presented to you in both the November and December newsletters.  Presented for your consideration are the following:

 President:  Roger Cooper
 VP Programs:  Ken Glaser
 VP Overseas Diving:  Nils Jacobsen
 VP Local Diving:  Ryan Goheen
 VP Social:  Alan Feuerman
 Secretary:  Amy Wellman
 Treasurer:  Ronnie Farr

Volunteers Needed for 2019 Board Positions

  • Photographer - Takes pictures at club meetings and other events. Contact Ewa Tomas (awards@usadiveclub.org) for more details.
  • Promotions Coordinator - Runs the Lobster Pot drawings at meetings and collects prizes for the drawings. Contact Russ and Julie Manhold (promotions@usadiveclub.org) for more details.

Happy diving,

Roger Cooper

Overseas Dive Trips

Local Diving

  • No upcoming local dives


  • No upcoming mini-trips

Social events

  • No upcoming social events


The Board of Directors asks that anyone having concerns about the actions of an officer of the Club first discuss those concerns with the officer. If that discussion does not resolve the concerns, then those concerns should be presented for discussion at the next meeting of the Board of Directors.

Further, the Board of Directors asks everyone to remember that those who hold elected and appointed positions on the Board are volunteers. While we may have different ideas of how things should be done, we are all working to keep the Club going.

Hospitality Hut

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends and food.

I am pleased to inform you we had 3 first-time guests at the November meeting of the Under Sea Adventurers Dive Club.

Eric Delairue met some of us at the Museum of Discovery and Science social event in Fort Lauderdale.  Eric was certified in France in 1978 and has logged over 2000 dives.  He is a Dive Master and enjoys cave diving.

While searching for a dive club, Cheryl and Dan Rosen found us on the Internet.

Cheryl received her certification in Maryland. Since 2010 she has logged 350 dives. Dan was certified in Virginia and has 344 dives under his weight belt.

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 alook at the photo gallery and take a peek at past events.

I wish you all Happy Diving.I wish you all Happy Diving,

Clare Anthon

Hospitality Coordinator


Hello USA Divers,

Happy Holidays USA Divers,

The 2019 dues for most people are due January 1 so save some of that holiday money for the club!.

Membership would like to welcome three new members:  Gus Lowery has rejoined from his home in NC; Eugene Ryvkin from Boca has joined and Kimberly Lamaze from Coconut Creek.  Welcome to our great dive club.  The best way to get to know us is to participate in our activities, better yet volunteer to help with them.  We have a new application from Roy Harrington, thank you Roy.  

To Robert Horin:  if you are reading this, I need your contact information asap!

I hear the water is still warm enough for diving, come join us.  Please remember that the December general meeting will NOT be at the Marriott Courtyard.  Look for the address on the USA Dive Club Home page.

See you at the club Christmas Party December 8th at the Marriott! 

Best diving wishes,


Eunice Hamblen
Membership Coordinator

Lion Country Safari

Lion Country Safari on Saturday, November 10.

This trip was hugely successful and a lot of fun. We had approximately 31 people and thus the park loaned us 3 vans to tour the park.This allowed each van to take their time and stopping for photo opportunities along the route.

After the tour, everybody enjoyed a meal at the park restaurant together. We were able to secure numerous booths in one area so everybody could talk about what they saw and catch up some.

Please be sure to come out and enjoy our club companionship on future social events.

Chris Hardham
Newsletter Editor

We had visitors along the way

Of course some of these groups enjoyed a meal together like us

We saw groups out for the day like us

Upcoming events

    • December 16, 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Home of Roger Cooper and Amy Wellman


    Sunday, December 16th – at the home of Roger Cooper and Amy Wellman

    Catered Turkey and Ham provided

    Time:  4 pm - 8 pm

    BYOB and a covered dish to share.


    Please bring an optional gift valued at around $25.00 for our Chinese gift exchange.

    • January 31, 2019
    • February 18, 2019
    • Manta Bay Resort, Yap AND Ocean Hunter III, Palau

    Yap – Manta Bay Resort – Feb 03-10, 2019

    Ocean Hunter Liveaboard – Feb 11-18, 2019

    2019: We start from Home on Wednesday 1/31 from FLL on United – get to Honolulu (HNL) later the same day. On the current schedule (schedules – on United or any other airline – cannot be fully confirmed until 330 days before our return) we have time for an all morning visit to the Pearl Harbor museums. As soon as we have a confirmed group we will try to make a refundable booking for the tour – and if not possible - we will attempt to book the tour as soon as we confirm our airfare. We expect to leave HNL on the afternoon of Thursday 2/1 bound for Guam (GUM). If everything goes well we will stay in GUM for 26 hrs – and even if we misconnect along the way we still have 2 hrs for a “last call” connection. This itinerary is customized to serve dual purposes: we do not want to misconnect the flight late Saturday night 2/2 to YAP – arriving early Sunday morning in Yap – because the next flight is 3 days later! And doing it this way we will be in excellent “lack of jetlag” condition when we arrive …

    Details – Manta Bay Resort
    Sat night 2/2 we fly to Yap late pm. In Yap we go to Manta Ray Bay Resort / Yap Divers:

    • Ocean View upgrade package - w/ breakfast: 7 Nights/10 (15) Dives
      • Regular rooms are available at minimal saving only
      • (last time – 2017 – we all did upgrades – and loved it)
    • Non-diver with Diver 7 Nights $509
    • Add a 3rd tank, NITROX and lunch (served on the dive boat between the 2nd and 3rd dives) $259
      We all did that last time
    • land tours - not quoted yet/not included – we do the (first) tour on arrival Sunday
    • diving will be Monday to Friday – and departure for GUM will be slightly after midnight Sunday am

    Details – Ocean Hunter III
    Sunday evening flying to Palau - need overnight hotel in Koror (not quoted/included)

    • Monday 2/11 - noon – board Ocean Hunter III – we dive 2-3 dives the first day
    • We dive 7 days – up to 33 dives
    • Nitrox is included
    • This boat is backed by the biggest local dive shop – “Fish ‘n Fins”
      We can get “all the tanks” /combinations we want
    • permits Palau/Peleliu - $80 included
      (Jellyfish Lake – no word yet that JFL is guaranteed to open for us – add $50+)
    • dock Sunday 2/17 pm - leave Monday am (2/18)
    • day hotel – for midnight+ departure – Tuesday am 2/18 – with the ability to be in FLL on the same day (due to date line crossing)

    Ocean Hunter is “the old boat” – “the Grand Dame” in that region (same strategy as we used for Truk in 2017 – that that we all loved…).
    Water is 82-86.

    I encourage you to check out their websites for a lot of additional details.
    Not Included:
       Hotels in Hawaii, Guam, Palau (in and out) and transfers
       Pearl Harbor
       Any personal extensions/excursions – one or two in Yap …
       Dinners in Yap

    Price: $6000. This price is based on a DEMA special credit - $200 – for the double booking. For priority signup please make sure your form and check are submitted by 1/18/2018.

    As always, when you sign up for a trip please consider trip insurance, especially if tickets must be issued early. If you are interested, our agent will be happy to provide. For insurance purposes everybody’s confirmation date will be between 1/18-1/22/2018.


    Click here for the signup form.
    http://www.xray-mag.com/pdfs/xray66/X-Ray66_locked.pdf (pages 37-44)
    [PS: slow; full size PC/laptop recommended]

    http://www.xray-mag.com/pdfs/xray39/X-Ray39_locked.pdf (pages 45-66)
    [PS: slow; full size PC/laptop recommended]

    Questions: Contact Nils overseasdiving@usadiveclub.com
    Payment Schedule:

    • May 25, 2019
    • June 01, 2019
    • Little Cayman
    • 22

    IT’s Back!  It’s Bigger!  It’s Better!


    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:


    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:




    • 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


    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 ...



Past events

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
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.


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 $45.00
$20 off local dive donated by USA Dive Club
$20 off local dive donated by USA Dive Club
Bistro flatbread coupon donated by Courtyard by Marriott
Bistro flatbread coupon donated by Courtyard by Marriott
$5 discount off all dive charters donated by Force-E
Free 1-day tank rental from Force-E
Free tank refills, 2 each donated by Dixie Divers
Free 2-tank dive on Lady Go Diver from Dixie Divers
 T-shirt, Ocean Day, size XXL from Dixie Divers
DAN luggage tags, 2 each donated by USA Dive Club
 Book dive locations by Dr. Ray McAllister donated by Chris Hardham
Book “Pirate Hunters” by Robert Kurson donated by Stephanie Voris
 $10 gift card from Publix
Lobster tickle stick donated by Karen Hausheer
 T-shirt Dive logo, size XX from Shark Conservancy

Russ and Julie Manhold
Promotions Coordinators


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