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  • December 19, 2020 2:56 PM | Eunice Hamblen

    Hello Members and visitors,

    Welcome to the USA Dive Club in 2021.  We look forward to seeing each other this year!  And club dives and club trips etc.   When we resume our in person general meetings remember to bring a friend to enjoy our speakers and social activities.  In the mean time please continue to attend our zoom meetings and support this very special club.  If you want to join, please download our membership application and send to club membership.  You will find this information on the home page.   Cheers to a new and better year to come.   Eunice & Stephanie

  • November 19, 2020 9:30 AM | Eunice Hamblen

    Hello Dive Club Members and Visitors,

    You may ask how can we run a club during a pandemic.  It takes volunteers who work behind the scenes to arrange for speakers on Zoom, process new membership applications electronically as well as collect dues electronically.  Speaking of dues......your dues will NOT be due January 1 for 2021 under the current circumstances but we are accepting donations to keep our basic services in operation. Please use Zelle to send donations to Thank you.

    While the club will not have sponsored dives during this time,  members are going diving together on local dive boats and getting together in small groups outside for other activities.  Stay in touch and stay safe.  

    Eunice & Stephanie

  • October 19, 2020 9:49 AM | Eunice Hamblen

    Hello November Divers,

    We have made it through another hurricane season unscathed.  Wish I could say the same about the pandemic.  Hopefully you all have been safe and well.

    Fall is here and the winds are shifting. Several dives have been canceled due to sea conditions but the water temperature is still 81 and the lobsters are out there. We've had 4 new members since the pandemic started but looking forward to meeting in person again and meeting our new members face to face.

    I have seen a few underwater pictures of you diving at a grouper gathering and at the Blue Heron bridge.  Several of our members took off for a kayak trip that covered some of the Central Florida Springs & rivers.   Staying in touch with the club virtually and exploring the outdoors are safe and rewarding activities.  Keep wearing your masks and join us for our online meetings.  Best wishes, Eunice & Stephanie your volunteer membership coordinators.

  • September 19, 2020 5:23 PM | Eunice Hamblen

    Happy October Divers!

    Thank you all who voted to update our bylaws making our club operations easier for all concerned.  Be sure to attend the October 1st General Meeting Virtually and you are welcome to attend the Board Meeting on October 8th.  

    We have been diving on a non-official club basis, just dive friends getting together on local dive boats which are only allowing half the occupants. Other members have put together a lengthy kayak trip in north central FL with other friends participating when they can for the next three weeks.  

    Don't forget that newly certified divers (in the past 12 months) can join our club for free!!  Our dues are $50 a year later.

    Remember you still need to wear your masks.  Stay well.

    Eunice & Stephanie, Membership Chairs

  • July 21, 2020 8:47 AM | Eunice Hamblen

    Hello Two Masked Members,

    Here is an update on the local dive charters.  They are in business and several members are making reservations and diving together.  The rules are that masks and social distance is required while loading & unloading and between dives and it costs a little more.  That is because the boats are only taking half the number of people.  Divers report the water temperature is around 81 degrees and visibility has a minimum of 50 feels.  So make your reservations soon.  

    Please feel free to invite guests to our Zoom meetings.  Make sure that they register with the meeting and you as their sponsor need to tell Roger so he can recognize their phone number.

    Thank you all for sticking with your dive club through the months of Zoom meetings and stay-at-home orders.  Please wear your masks and wash your hands so we can finish this year in a healthier place.

    Stephanie & Eunice

  • June 16, 2020 1:04 PM | Eunice Hamblen

    Hello Members from the Membership desk.  Our club continues virtual meetings to keep everyone safe. Please stay tuned to our Zoom meetings and be aware that someday we will meet in person again.

    In the mean time hopefully you are doing your best to contain this deadly virus so we can one day safely greet each other in person.

    Members continue "unofficial club" diving with local vendors who are themselves meeting local health guidelines.   Our next general meeting is July 9th so come join us "virtually" on Zoom.  Stay safe,  Eunice & Stephanie.

  • May 19, 2020 12:16 PM | Eunice Hamblen

    Month number 3 of staying at home has passed and finally some establishments are opening up.  The dive boat "Loggerhead" took 10 divers out in May with masks on before suiting up. Four of our members were on board.  Laura reported approximately 60 feet visibility.  She captured one shovel nosed lobster and several lion fish.  Other sea critters spotted were morays, one turtle, a single squid and a very different and rare file fish.  This was not an "official" club dive but that does not stop our members from enjoying the diving again.  We have one new member application from Alison Hodges from Hood River, Oregon.  Welcome aboard Alison!  She was on the aborted Fiji trip earlier this year and met our trip members.  Bear with us as we continue remote meetings until clearance is given for larger groups.  Stay well. Regards, Your membership chairs:  Eunice & Stephanie

  • April 18, 2020 9:20 AM | Eunice Hamblen

    If you live in Broward or Miami-Dade we are now  "staying at home" going on 6 weeks. Many of us are rediscovering old hobbies, learning new ones, spoiling our pets and/or drinking more than usual.  There are wonderful creative works online.  If you have not already seen Jimmy Fallon,  Sting & The Roots rendition of "Don't Stand So Close to Me", it is worth the search.  Another awesome work by the cast of Hamilton on Zoom for a little girl whose broadway tickets were cancelled is wonderful.  

    But still there is a great deal of suffering and angst at homes and businesses. Positive stories abound with volunteers at food banks,  animal shelters and health care facilities.   We are torn between staying well and risk returning to work.  Let's hope we get over the curve by the end of April and see next steps put in place in May.  Stay safe and well and informed.  Best wishes,  Stephanie and Eunice (your volunteer membership chairs)

  • March 30, 2020 4:37 PM | Eunice Hamblen

    Dear Members and Want to be Members,

    The best things about being in a dive club or any club at this time are the friends that you can connect with and support as they can for you.  Nothing brings people closer than a crisis of global proportion.  There are several wonderful concerts on line that demonstrate this.  Try this one to lift your spirits: It is called "Playing for Change".  Other concerts and museums are doing the same.  

    Please stay tuned to this website to learn when we will meet again.  Stay safe and well.  Yours Truly with best wishes,  Stephanie & Eunice

  • February 24, 2020 7:25 PM | Stephanie Voris

    Happy March to everyone. We would like to welcome our new member Ed Blackburn. who is originally from NC and has been diving for 6 years.  We hope to see him on some local dives and trips. Hopefully the luck of the Irish will be with us in March and the seas will calm down enough to get some dives in.

    Please join us the first Thursday of the month for our general meeting and don't forget that if you are certified within the year, your first year's membership is free.  

    Best Fishes,

    The Membership Chairs, Eunice and Stephanie

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