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Vol. 49 No.02

 February 2021 Program

CORAL RESTORATION FOUNDATION

By Jeremy Goodsnyder

Jeremy Goodsnyder is a Coral Restoration and Reef Conservation Lead Intern at the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF). He has been working for the CRF since September, 2020 and loves every second of the time has spent above and below the surface during his time at CRF. Jeremy graduated from Brandeis University in May, 2020 with honors, majoring in Environmental Studies as well as Anthropology. He has been scuba diving since he was 12 years old and has been fortunate enough to dive all over the world from the Florida Keys, to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Red Sea, the Caribbean, and even balmy Lake Michigan! When it came to working for CRF, Jeremy knew he had to give back to the coral reefs, the one thing that has given him so much joy in his life, he decided to join CRF to fulfill that dream so that future generations can enjoy what he has been fortunate enough to see in life so far was an obvious choice. Jeremy has dabbled here and there in regards to dive experience from recreational, to commercial diving, and even underwater archaeology as well. With experience working at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, as well as diving in the states as well as abroad, his path naturally led to his dream position here with the Coral Restoration Foundation. He is extremely excited to share his knowledge, experiences, and time with the Under Sea Adventurers Dive Club, this February 4th!

Presidents Waves


Welcome to February everybody. During our social conversations before the last Membership meeting it was promising to hear how many of our members have received vaccines and them sharing tips for others to get theirs, hopefully we will be able to semi return to a more social lifestyle.

During our January Board Meeting, we confirmed the following appointed positions:

  • Hospitality                  Clare Anthon
  • Membership                Stephanie Voris
  • Newsletter                   Roger Cooper
  • Education Coord         Howard Ratsch
  • Historian                     Robert Shearer
  • Photographer              Laura Moran
  • Social Media               Russ Manhold
  • Photo Gallery Coord    Julia Manhold

The board has approved Club Rules update as proposed by the Membership Committee

ARTICLE II: APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: Applications for membership must be submitted along with annual dues, a signed Membership Agreement, and proof of certification from a globally recognized S.C.U.B.A. diving certification training agency.

Section 2: All dues and/or fees shall be established by the Board of Directors.

Section 3: Applications for membership shall be reviewed and approved by a committee designated by the Board of Directors.

Please follow our Social Media and webpage for updates during the month. We would love to hear suggestions for ways to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary this year.

If you would like to view free Zoom tutorials, you can find them here. Or you can take a free Zoom class from Geeks On Tour here.

Don't forget to keep checking our Facebook page for the interesting articles Russ is posting. https://www.facebook.com/usadiveclub

Happy diving,
Chris Hardham
President


Overseas Dive Trips

Local Diving

  • No upcoming local dives

Mini-Trips

  • No upcoming mini-trips

Social events

  • No upcoming social events

Hospitality Hut

Clare Florio Anthon

Salutations From The Hospitality Hut,

UNDER SEA ADVENTURERS DIVE CLUB

IS CELEBRATING IT’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY  

THIS YEAR!!!

YES, my fellow club members, it's true. 2021 is the GOLDEN Anniversary year of our club.

Ten years ago, Julie and Russ Manhold and yours truly planned the 40th Anniversary Party at Ellies' 50's Diner in the Flamingo Ballroom.  The gala was a huge success with nearly 100 people in attendance.  The dance floor was rockin' and rollin' all night.  Take a peek at the fun we had! Here is the link to the 40th Anniversary https://goo.gl/photos/uyU2n1uv1kNrcHgE8 

Now it's February 2021, one year since the virus came into our lives.

We are continuing our ZOOM meetings and have had wonderful presentations. Our VP of Programs is planning many more informative speakers and I encourage all to participate. Take a brief ZOOM tutorial and you will see how user friendly ZOOM is.

As we can't meet in person, I have a feeling many of you may have happy news you would like to share with fellow members. If that is the case, please email me at hospitality@usadiveclub.org and I will be happy to post your news here, in the Hospitality Blog.  

I encourage you to visit our website 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

 

Membership

Hello fellow divers. I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful weather we're having, albeit a bit chilly at times. I have been doing a little bit of local diving to support the charters but it is cool now, 72-74 degree water temperatures. It takes more than one layer of wetsuit this time of year. Visibility has been very good due to no rain and runoff. I see our flyers in Force-E Pompano and hope it generates interest for more members. I have had an inquiry or two during this non-gathering time.

Happy Bubbling,
Stephanie Voris

Membership Coordinator

Come join the fun. 

USA Club Announcements Alert

Please check your spam folder for club emails that coming from our Google Groups email system. Several members have commented that they are not receiving certain announcements that have been sent out. Spam filters are triggered by emails that are sent to numerous email addresses with the same content.

This may be where your club communications are.

Upcoming events

    • March 04, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • Zoom meeting

    USA Dive Club members and their guests are invited to attend a virtual meeting using Zoom.

    You must register in advance for this meeting. Click on the link below to register. Members bringing a guest should send the guest's name and email address to president@usadiveclub.org so the guest's registration will be approved. Members and guests must register using this link.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItcu6trjsiHNNVCCBeWvjowdrKtgSiLCRB

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to click when it is time to join the meeting. You must register before 5:00 PM on the day of the meeting.

    Please join the meeting a little early to allow time to admit people from the waiting room before the meeting starts.

    We will start the meeting with 10 minutes of social time so we can catch up with our friends. Then we will turn the meeting over to our speaker.

    Program:

    Jewels on the Reef: Florida's Hawksbill Turtles

    Dr. Larry Wood has been working with sea turtles in Florida for over 25 years.  His lifelong interest in biology, particularly reptiles, brought him to Juno Beach Florida, where he undertook sea turtle nesting beach surveys, helped develop a sea turtle rehabilitation facility, and created numerous public awareness and marine education programs.  In 2004, he established the Comprehensive Florida Hawksbill Research and Conservation Program, which is the first and only long-term study of hawksbill turtles in Florida.  Dr. Wood has contributed to sea turtle conservation in many ways in Florida and elsewhere through his publications, contributions to symposia, and student/volunteer mentorships.  He is currently pursuing his research and public education interests with the National Save The Sea Turtle Foundation located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


     
    • April 01, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom meeting

    USA Dive Club members and their guests are invited to attend a virtual meeting using Zoom.

    You must register in advance for this meeting. Click on the link below to register. Members bringing a guest should send the guest's name and email address to president@usadiveclub.org so the guest's registration will be approved. Members and guests must register using this link.



    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to click when it is time to join the meeting. You must register before 5:00 PM on the day of the meeting.

    Please join the meeting a little early to allow time to admit people from the waiting room before the meeting starts.

    We will start the meeting with 10 minutes of social time so we can catch up with our friends. Then we will turn the meeting over to our speaker.

    Program:


     
    • May 06, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom meeting

    USA Dive Club members and their guests are invited to attend a virtual meeting using Zoom.

    You must register in advance for this meeting. Click on the link below to register. Members bringing a guest should send the guest's name and email address to president@usadiveclub.org so the guest's registration will be approved. Members and guests must register using this link.



    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to click when it is time to join the meeting. You must register before 5:00 PM on the day of the meeting.

    Please join the meeting a little early to allow time to admit people from the waiting room before the meeting starts.

    We will start the meeting with 10 minutes of social time so we can catch up with our friends. Then we will turn the meeting over to our speaker.

    Program:


     
    • June 03, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom meeting

    USA Dive Club members and their guests are invited to attend a virtual meeting using Zoom.

    You must register in advance for this meeting. Click on the link below to register. Members bringing a guest should send the guest's name and email address to president@usadiveclub.org so the guest's registration will be approved. Members and guests must register using this link.



    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to click when it is time to join the meeting. You must register before 5:00 PM on the day of the meeting.

    Please join the meeting a little early to allow time to admit people from the waiting room before the meeting starts.

    We will start the meeting with 10 minutes of social time so we can catch up with our friends. Then we will turn the meeting over to our speaker.

    Program:


     
    • July 01, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom meeting

    USA Dive Club members and their guests are invited to attend a virtual meeting using Zoom.

    You must register in advance for this meeting. Click on the link below to register. Members bringing a guest should send the guest's name and email address to president@usadiveclub.org so the guest's registration will be approved. Members and guests must register using this link.



    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to click when it is time to join the meeting. You must register before 5:00 PM on the day of the meeting.

    Please join the meeting a little early to allow time to admit people from the waiting room before the meeting starts.

    We will start the meeting with 10 minutes of social time so we can catch up with our friends. Then we will turn the meeting over to our speaker.

    Program:


     
    • July 24, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • July 31, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Belize Aggressor IV

    DEMA Special

    New Date due to pandemic: July 24 - 31, 2021

    Based on space available

    $2850 without air

    Includes:

    • Accommodations aboard the yacht
    • Diving - up to 5 dives a day – 5.5 days
    • Tanks, weights, belts
    • Airport and/or Hotel transfers on day of charter
    • All meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer and wine
    • Tips

    Does not include:

    • Nitrox $100
    • Port Fee $110
    • Airfare: FLL-BZE - Please book your own flights but wait till we check the status of Southwest as a carrier in March/April
      • Southwest is preferable from Ft. Lauderdale due to cost.
      • We can board on arrival at the dock - after 3pm.
    • Friday Night Dinner - We are on our own in town.

    We can board on arrival at the dock, after 3 pm.

    Your passport must be valid until at least 1/31/2022.

    This is a trip that the club has done several times – but not as often as we would have liked due to high airfare cost. Now with Southwest as the second carrier the prices for air have dropped 60% or more. Together with the DEMA special pricing ($600 rebate) we are able to offer this trip at a very attractive price point. We are likely to be greeted by a known face - Captain Dennis Gautreau – who was our captain in Bahamas in 2014.

    Most of the diving will be off Lighthouse Reef, but we will occasionally also do Turnefe. Expect to see both large and small animals: Tarpon, Grouper, Eagle Rays, Squid, Octopi, Seahorses, Frogfish, etc.

    Boat-site: https://www.aggressor.com/belize-iv.php

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

    To see some photos from prior trips - BZE AGG III - 2015
    https://usadiveclub.org/Photos - and check out 2015

    Trip Prices / payment schedule:  Use for new sign-ups only. Existing travelers please hold remaining payments until otherwise instructed.

    Click here for the signup form.

    Trip Lead: Nils: overseasdiving@usadiveclub.org

    • August 05, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom meeting

    USA Dive Club members and their guests are invited to attend a virtual meeting using Zoom.

    You must register in advance for this meeting. Click on the link below to register. Members bringing a guest should send the guest's name and email address to president@usadiveclub.org so the guest's registration will be approved. Members and guests must register using this link.



    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to click when it is time to join the meeting. You must register before 5:00 PM on the day of the meeting.

    Please join the meeting a little early to allow time to admit people from the waiting room before the meeting starts.

    We will start the meeting with 10 minutes of social time so we can catch up with our friends. Then we will turn the meeting over to our speaker.

    Program:


     
    • September 02, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom meeting

    USA Dive Club members and their guests are invited to attend a virtual meeting using Zoom.

    You must register in advance for this meeting. Click on the link below to register. Members bringing a guest should send the guest's name and email address to president@usadiveclub.org so the guest's registration will be approved. Members and guests must register using this link.



    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to click when it is time to join the meeting. You must register before 5:00 PM on the day of the meeting.

    Please join the meeting a little early to allow time to admit people from the waiting room before the meeting starts.

    We will start the meeting with 10 minutes of social time so we can catch up with our friends. Then we will turn the meeting over to our speaker.

    Program:


     
    • September 11, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • September 18, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Little Cayman Beach Resort

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

    LIttle Cayman Beach Resort

    On a new date!

    Sept 11 – 18, 2021!

    DEMA special = free Nitrox

    DEMA special = 5 free Afternoon dives

    Price is based on a $100 repeat customer discount

    UPDATE – Dec 2020 – due to Covid-19 – the trip was rescheduled to allow time for vaccinations.
    We have room for more divers – on a first come basis. We also have airline tickets for more divers. We will add rooms only as they sell. Some uncertainty about the price of airfare. We have Ocean View upgrades available.

    Spend a relaxing week at the premier, deluxe, full service resort 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 - 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.

    Ronnie will be your trip leader. The trip starts at Miami airport, then to Little Cayman. Little Cayman Airways 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

    Interested in cutting down on your luggage fees – Ronnie does have a price list for rental gear …

    Once there, we dive, eat, relax, and just generally have a fantastic time for the whole week! There is a pool, 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 is included and 5 afternoon dives are included!

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

    To see some photos from prior trips – go to:

    Trip Prices / payment schedule:

    New signups: $400 Deposit
    Already signed up: Suspend payments until further notice

    Click here for the signup form.

    Airfare is estimated high compared to normal prices – but could increase if there are mandated changes to seating arrangements. Your passport must be valid until at least 3/18/2022.

    Trip Lead: Ronnie: treasurer@usadiveclub.org

    • October 07, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom meeting

    USA Dive Club members and their guests are invited to attend a virtual meeting using Zoom.

    You must register in advance for this meeting. Click on the link below to register. Members bringing a guest should send the guest's name and email address to president@usadiveclub.org so the guest's registration will be approved. Members and guests must register using this link.



    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to click when it is time to join the meeting. You must register before 5:00 PM on the day of the meeting.

    Please join the meeting a little early to allow time to admit people from the waiting room before the meeting starts.

    We will start the meeting with 10 minutes of social time so we can catch up with our friends. Then we will turn the meeting over to our speaker.

    Program:


     
    • November 04, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom meeting

    USA Dive Club members and their guests are invited to attend a virtual meeting using Zoom.

    You must register in advance for this meeting. Click on the link below to register. Members bringing a guest should send the guest's name and email address to president@usadiveclub.org so the guest's registration will be approved. Members and guests must register using this link.



    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to click when it is time to join the meeting. You must register before 5:00 PM on the day of the meeting.

    Please join the meeting a little early to allow time to admit people from the waiting room before the meeting starts.

    We will start the meeting with 10 minutes of social time so we can catch up with our friends. Then we will turn the meeting over to our speaker.

    Program:


     
    • December 02, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • Zoom meeting

    USA Dive Club members and their guests are invited to attend a virtual meeting using Zoom.

    You must register in advance for this meeting. Click on the link below to register. Members bringing a guest should send the guest's name and email address to president@usadiveclub.org so the guest's registration will be approved. Members and guests must register using this link.



    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to click when it is time to join the meeting. You must register before 5:00 PM on the day of the meeting.

    Please join the meeting a little early to allow time to admit people from the waiting room before the meeting starts.

    We will start the meeting with 10 minutes of social time so we can catch up with our friends. Then we will turn the meeting over to our speaker.

    Program:


     
    • May 10, 2022
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • May 17, 2022
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • Volivoli Resort, Fiji

    Volivoli Resort, Fiji

    May 10-17, 2022

    Rescheduled from March, 2020,

    and then a second time from May 2021

    2022: We start from home on Thursday 5/8 from MIA(FLL) to Los Angeles (LAX) and continue later the same day to Nadi, Fiji. Airfare LAX-NAD-Solomon is quoted in the Solomon/Bilikiki trip – or check out the Brisbane option. Business upgrade is available – but expensive. Volivoli will pick us up on arrival – no need for Raffles this time, and drive us back to the airport for the departure to Solomon. At present we are 5-8 people travelling on the vouchers from 2020. This is to allow for new signups – either just Fiji or as an add-on to Solomon.

    DetailsVolivoli - Resort on the north shore of main Island Viti Levu – recently remodeled – it looks great - we spent 2 days there as part of the March 2020 evacuation:

    • Premium Ocean View Villas – ground level
    • Welcome drink on arrival
    • Beach BBQ (Tuesdays)
    • Traditional Meke performance (Thursdays)
    • Double occupancy
    • All taxes and tip included
    • All ground transfers
    • Free use of kayaks and participation in a variety of complimentary resort activities
    • Unlimited shore diving (reserve tanks 24 hours prior) – they have about 5 resident seahorses
    • Full meal plan – 3 meals daily with juice, milk, rain water, coffee, and tea at breakfast
    • 3 days of 2 tank boat diving & 2 days of 3 tank boat diving

    Not Included:

    • Nitrox
    • Airfare MIA(FLL)<->LAX

    Signup is first come first serve – Nils will request to add the rooms only as they sell. If you sign up by 7/23 the club will cover any potential “single supplement”.

    Please click here to see the full trip details, including costs.

    Please click here to download the signup form.


    • May 17, 2022
    • (EDT)
    • May 27, 2022
    • (EDT)
    • Solomon Islands

    Solomon Islands

    Bilikiki Live aboard – May 17 May 27, 2022

    The Solomon Islands is an interesting tropical destination inside the Triangle of Diversity. Biodiversity example – they have 50 species of seahorses. Solomon is located south of Equator, closer to PNG than to Fiji. The latitude is very similar to Micronesia. This is in more ways than one a “trip of a lifetime” Our club in our 49 year history has never been there. And if you look at a list of places that might not be here in another 100 years due to sea level raising Solomon is on top of that list! Solomon Islands are the third largest group of islands in the Pacific. We are going there in the dry season – for visibility.

    Click here to see full details of the trip.

    Click here to download the signup form.

Past events

February 11, 2021 February Board of Directors meeting
February 04, 2021 February General Meeting
January 14, 2021 January Board of Directors meeting
January 07, 2021 January General Meeting
December 03, 2020 December General Meeting
December 02, 2020 December Board of Directors meeting
November 12, 2020 November Board of Directors meeting
November 05, 2020 November General Meeting
October 08, 2020 October Board of Directors meeting
October 01, 2020 October General Meeting
September 14, 2020 September Board of Directors meeting
September 03, 2020 September General Meeting
August 20, 2020 Board of Directors meeting - Discuss new bylaws
August 13, 2020 August Board of Directors meeting
August 06, 2020 August General Meeting
July 16, 2020 July Board of Directors meeting
July 09, 2020 July General Meeting
June 11, 2020 June Board of Directors meeting
June 04, 2020 June General Meeting
May 07, 2020 May General Meeting
March 28, 2020 March 28th, Loggerhead, 10 spots at 7am - $60
March 20, 2020 Bowling for Turtles
March 14, 2020 Founder's Day Party at Kathi's House
March 12, 2020 Fiji - March 2020
March 05, 2020 March General Meeting
February 19, 2020 Bimini Mini Trip - Dive with Hammerheads!
February 16, 2020 Feb 16th with Scuba Tyme, 7:30 AM, $55, 5 spots
February 15, 2020 Visit the Bonnet House
February 13, 2020 February Board of Directors meeting
February 08, 2020 Manatee Swim in Crystal River
February 06, 2020 February General Meeting
January 16, 2020 Board of Directors meeting
January 09, 2020 January General Meeting
December 14, 2019 December Board of Directors Holiday Party
December 07, 2019 Christmas Party
November 21, 2019 November Board of Directors meeting
November 10, 2019 Potluck Picnic/BBQ
November 07, 2019 November General Meeting
October 26, 2019 Sat Oct 26th - Blue Heron Bridge 6:33 PM to 8:33 PM
October 17, 2019 October Board of Directors meeting
October 06, 2019 Oct 6th w/ Scuba Tyme
October 03, 2019 October General Meeting
September 28, 2019 Flagler Museum Tour and Lunch - New Date and Time
September 27, 2019 September 28-29th In Islamorada
September 15, 2019 Sept 8th - GOLIATH GROUPERS! with Jim Abernanthy!
September 14, 2019 Sept 14th - Loggerhead
September 12, 2019 September Board of Directors meeting - Canceled
September 05, 2019 September General Meeting - Canceled
August 24, 2019 August 24-25th With Sea Dwellers in Key Largo
August 17, 2019 August 17th w/ Starfish
August 14, 2019 August Board of Directors meeting
August 11, 2019 August 11th w/ Parrot Island - LOBSTER!
August 01, 2019 August General Meeting
July 21, 2019 Scuba Tyme, July 21st
July 20, 2019 Scuba Tyme, July 20th
July 17, 2019 July Board of Directors meeting
July 13, 2019 Loggerhead, July 13th
July 06, 2019 Cuba – Garden of Queens – July 6-13
June 30, 2019 June 30th, Odyssey Divers
June 22, 2019 June 22nd, Parrot Island
June 19, 2019 June Board of Directors meeting
June 09, 2019 June 9th, ScubaTyme
June 06, 2019 June General Meeting
May 25, 2019 Little Cayman, May 25 - June 1st
May 19, 2019 Silverball Museum followed by Lunch at Bru's Room
May 18, 2019 May 18th, Dive Boat Diversity
May 09, 2019 May Board of Directors meeting
May 04, 2019 May 4th with Loggerhead
May 02, 2019 May General Meeting
April 27, 2019 Water Taxi Tour & Lunch in Fort Lauderdale
April 20, 2019 April 20th with Splashdown, 7:30 A.M.
April 11, 2019 April Board of Directors meeting
April 06, 2019 April 6th with Scuba Tyme, 7:30 A.M.
April 04, 2019 April General Meeting
March 29, 2019 Bowling for Turtles with Force-E
March 14, 2019 March Board of Directors meeting
March 09, 2019 Potluck Dinner & House/Pool Party at Kathi's
March 07, 2019 March General Meeting
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
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5-Year Trends in the Dive Industry

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5-Year Trends in The Dive Industry: Scuba Gear, Dive Travel & Certifications | by Darcy Kieran | Scubanomics | Oct, 2020 | Medium

DEMA recently published the results of its 2020 ‘Dive Behavioral Research Project’ from a survey conducted in 2019. A previous dive behavioral research was conducted in 2014.

We have reviewed the results of both the 2019 and the 2014 studies to identify key pieces of information to help you manage your dive business. We are especially interested in changes between these 2 reports to identify trends in the scuba diving industry.

ABOUT DEMA’S DIVE BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH PROJECT

The goal of the project to analyze and understand the demographics and psychographics of scuba divers as it pertains to dive travel, scuba diving equipment purchases, and scuba courses.

DEMA is the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association commonly referred to as our dive industry trade association.

The data collection for the DEMA Dive Behavioral Research Project was done through an online survey.

In 2014, 24000 divers responded to the survey with more than 2000 from Canada, about 13000 from the USA, and the remainder from countries across the planet.

In 2019, only 9700 scuba divers responded to the survey with about 1000 from Canada, almost 5000 from the USA, and the rest from countries around the globe.

Available Data Sets and Reports from The Dive Behavioral Research Project

So far, DEMA released 2 sets of data from the 2019 survey:

·                     2020 results from all responding countries

·                     2020 results from USA participants

A Canadian report is forthcoming.

Shortcomings of DEMA’s Reports on Scuba Diver Demographics and Psychographics

There is a serious issue with the 2019 survey besides the fact that the data set was significantly smaller (about 9000 respondents vs. 14000 in 2014).

In the 2019 survey, more than 40% of the respondents were dive professionals: divemasters, assistant instructors, and scuba diving instructors. If we are interested in understanding the behavior of ‘scuba divers’, the 2019 data set is highly unreliable as almost half of the respondents were scuba diving professionals.

We know dive professionals have a behavior that can be significantly different than that of the average Joe Diver. For instance, typically, scuba instructors dive more frequently and purchase more dive gear.

Furthermore, when comparing the two sets of data (2014 vs 2019), we are facing a double problem in regards to dive professionals. In the 2014 study, less than 10% of the respondents were scuba diving professionals (divemaster and up) while there were more than 40% in the 2019 survey

Therefore, we are facing the following 2 serious issues with this DEMA study on scuba diver demographics and psychographics:

·                     We can’t use the results to understand the behavior of a ‘scuba diver’ as both reports include dive professionals that are much more committed to scuba diving than the average scuba diver — which is especially true in the 2019 set of data with more than 40% of the respondents being dive professionals.

·                     We can’t fully rely on trends identified in changes from 2014 to 2019 since we would be comparing oranges to electric cars.

It is fair to assume that dive professionals are more ‘core’ divers than ‘casual’. In fact, we see that the average number of dives completed by 2019 respondents is higher than it was in the 2014 study. Learn more about core and casual divers on Scubanomics.

We’ve contacted DEMA to request a version of both reports (2014 and 2019) excluding all dive professionals, so we can better understand the behavior of scuba divers in regards to dive travel, scuba gear, and dive certification courses. Tom Ingram, head of DEMA, assured us that they “have plans for additional segmentation of the consumer data, including based on certification levels”.

We hope DEMA will quickly produce 2014 and 2019 reports excluding dive professionals as this would be highly valuable to its members trying to understand the behavior of scuba divers.

In the meantime, let’s see what information we can extract from the currently available reports mixing scuba divers and dive professionals.

KEY SCUBA DIVER DEMOGRAPHICS AND PSYCHOGRAPHICS 2014 VS 2019

Two interesting trends identified in our review of these 2 studies relate to eLearning and rebreathers.

Scuba Diving Certification Courses at Home, in a Resort, and via eLearning

An assumption often discussed in the dive industry is that online learning is hurting local dive centers because it becomes easier to bypass the local dive center by completing the ‘theory’ part of the course and then flying to an exotic dive destination to complete the ‘pool’ and ‘open water’ parts of the scuba diving certification course.

This appears to be partially true but not as major as we usually assume it to be.

·                     The number of scuba divers who have completed the ‘theory’ part of the course online with no interaction with a local dive shop before flying to a dive resort to complete the ‘pool’ and ‘open water’ parts of the course has increased by less than 1%: from 6% to 6.89%

Meanwhile, we observe more significant changes in the following modes of completing the entry-level open water diver certification:

·                     The number of scuba divers who have completed all parts of the scuba course while in a vacation setting has declined from 23.9% to 18.7%.

·                     The number of scuba divers who have completed the ‘theory’ and ‘pool’ parts of the course before going on a trip has increased from 14.6% to 17.6%.

Therefore, it appears there is no reason to fear that eLearning is encouraging scuba divers to bypass the local dive shop. On the contrary, eLearning seems to have increased the number of people completing the ‘pool’ part of the course at home before going on a trip.

It may be more accurate to assume that the online high visibility of eLearning is actually encouraging people to find a local dive shop to complete their pool sessions locally. It’s reducing the number of people going straight to a dive resort to complete the entirety of the entry-level open water certification course.

Increased Interest for Rebreather, Sidemount, and Freediving

There is a huge shift between 2014 and 2019 on the next courses respondents were most interested in taking.

In 2014, the courses in which respondents were most interested in taking next were rescue diver, wreck diver, divemaster, and underwater photographer. This significantly changed in the 2019 survey.

Not only the list of courses has changed but the level of interest has skyrocketed.

We must urge caution with these numbers. As mentioned earlier, the 2019 sample included more than 40% of dive professionals who are much more committed to scuba diving than the average Joe Diver.

Typically, scuba diving instructors have been a good target market for tech diving as they are looking for more challenges after reaching the pinnacle of recreational diving. Therefore, it is unlikely that there is an 84% interest in rebreathers in the general population of scuba divers.

However, these numbers do indicate a significant increase in interest toward tech diving (rebreather, side-mount, other mixed gas) and freediving.

Freediving has seen steady growth over the last few years. Dive gear manufacturers carrying freediving equipment have reported growth in their freediving line of products even when scuba gear sales were down. Both Mares and Aqualung have made significant investments in developing their freediving line of products.

It appears freediving is appealing to the newer generations. It is challenging without requiring you to carry all the cumbersome equipment required for scuba diving. It also makes for great Instagram look-how-cool-I-am pictures!

Role of The Scuba Diving Instructor

The most significant information source for scuba divers to decide what they want to do next remains the dive instructor and divemaster. Instructor/Divemaster gets a score of 4 on 5 while the local dive shop gets a 2.9.

As we’ve stated before, there is a continued need for local scuba diving activities but the focus should be on the action of scuba diving, not on trying to sell dive gear in an understock retail store. We believe that in the years to come, the role of local dive instructors will become more significant while local dive shops redefine their mission and business model.

Related article: A New Paradigm for the Scuba Diving Industry: It’s about diving!

WHAT’S NEXT?

Once DEMA releases the 2014 and 2019 survey results for ‘scuba divers’, excluding dive professionals, we will be able to get more valuable information out of these reports.

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