2018 ADA Dive Cruise is on SALE

--by Daryl Johnson

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The 2018 ADA Dive cruise is on SALE!!! Yes, that's right, we have already booked the dive cruise for next year since it is such a spectacular itinerary and includes a free drink package when you book a balcony or above by August 31, 2017. It's a round trip on the Royal Princess from Fort Lauderdale on November 24, 2018 for seven days and stops at four world class dive locations: Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize and Roatan.

Prices Have Dropped

...for our third annual ADA dive cruise departing on November 13, 2017 on the Crown Princess for 5 nights and six days, and visiting Cozumel and Costa Maya for Caribbean diving at its best.

Call or email Daryl at 954-591-1161 or diverdaryl@bellsouth.net for details.

Just call our Princess Cruise Planner, Karen Brader at 800-901-1172, ext. 41643, and tell her that you want to book the 2018 Active Divers Group trip - it's that easy to join in on an awesome dive cruise!

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Join us for the Premier ADA Weekend Getaway:
Looe Key and Key West

--by Rachel Davis

One of the most exciting ADA weekends of the summer is coming up on July 22-23 when we journey down south to Key West!

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The adventure begins the morning of Saturday, July 22nd when ADA makes its second annual visit to The Turtle Hospital in Marathon for the 9:00 a.m. tour. The Turtle Hospital's mission is to rescue, rehab, and release sick and injured sea turtles. We will learn about sea turtles and take a behind the scenes look at the hospital facilities and rehabilitation area. There are also educational exhibits about turtle conservation and how we can prevent illnesses and injuries to sea turtle populations. At the end of each program guests are invited to feed the permanent residents. The tour lasts 90 minutes and will be over in plenty of time to drive 20 miles south to Looe Key Resort and have lunch before the afternoon dive check-in.

At noon we meet at Looe Key Dive resort for our afternoon dive in the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, which is known for its abundant marine life and corals. Here you can stay on the premises at the Looe Key resort, a funky hotel, restaurant and dive shop that's quintessential Keys, complete with live music and good food under the tiki bar. Only 30 miles north of Key West, here you can stay for around $100 per night for a modest hotel room just steps from the dive boat. Call 305-872-2215 for information and reservations.

Sunday, July 23rd takes us once again to Lost Reef Adventures in Key West to dive the Vandenburg wreck. This is an amazing experience and a real wreck diver's dream. There is so much to see with this one of a kind 522' former military missile tracking ship which sits upright at 140', rising up within 50' of the surface. There are two signature satellite dishes, a swim through wheelhouse and numerous areas to explore on the super structure. It is one of the most amazing wrecks in the Keys and an experience not to be missed. We'll do the 8:00 a.m. dive in Key West so there's time left in the afternoon for sightseeing to visit the Hemingway House, ride the Conch Train or take a historic stroll down world famous Duval Street.

Book now so you don't miss out on joining us for the Looe Key/Key West weekend in July! The Turtle Hospital tour admission is $22 payable directly to the hospital upon arrival. To RSVP email Rachel at rachelhancock7@gmail.com or call 786-316-9852.

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It's Official: Dive Season Has Started

--by Jerry Kosakowski and Dr. Dan Baeza

The Active Divers Association held its annual Beginning-of-Dive-Season beach dive, picnic, equipment swap, and raffle at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park in the Jetty Pavilion next to Port Everglades. This year, Chef Roy added honey-mustard chicken to the mix of hot dogs, hamburgers, and Roy's own steak and beans chili. Other ADA members brought salads, desserts, and other foodstuffs.

This year, we were treated to a talk by Kelly Montenero, NOAA Coral Management Fellow for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Coral Reef Conservation Program of SEAFAN (Southeast Florida Action Network), on making reports on ocean incidents. It was extremely informative and a partnership with ADA may be in the works. SEAFAN is a reporting and response system designed to improve the protection and management of southeast Florida's coral reefs by enhancing marine debris clean-up efforts, increasing response to vessel groundings and anchor damage, and providing early detection of potentially harmful biological disturbances. Click here for more information on the SEAFAN program.

After the program, a raffle was was held for dive equipment and accessories. Everyone who attended received a prize.

Finally, our intrepid president Lon was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Scuba Divin' , having satisfied all the requirements for this award. Congratulations, Lon. We can can address him as Doctor Lon.

At around 2:00 PM we broke up and headed home thinking of this coming years memories already begun. Hope to see you all soon on a dive.

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Moved or Changed Email Addresses Lately?

If so, please email us with your current information. You may send an email to Dr Dan Baeza, Membership Chair at ActiveDiversInfo@gmail.com.

If you haven't renewed yet for the new season, you may still do so. You may pay by check or online. Go to http://activedivers.org/Membership-Renewal.html to renew your membership online. To pay by check, mail a check made out to "Active Divers Association"  with the appropriate amount to:

Dr. Dan Baeza
Membership Chairman - Active Divers Association
7592 Parkview Way
Coral Springs, FL 33065

Be sure to include your snail-mail and email addresses.

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Photo courtesy of Dr. Dan Baeza

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