It's Official: Dive Season Has Started
April 8, 2017

--by Jerry Kosakowski and Dr. Dan Baeza

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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.

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.

Contact Daryl at diverdaryl@bellsouth.net for details.

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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Our Grenada International Dive Trip is full.
Contact Daryl at diverdaryl@bellsouth.net to be placed on the waiting list

 

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Moonwalking
--by Lon Von Lintel

Recently, I saw a program on TV which featured a diver who appeared to be standing on a hard bottom, depth unknown. But this was no ordinary dive. Each time he exhaled, his bubbles fell to his feet and scattered like liquid mercury. Impossible! Trick photography? No. He was "standing" on the ceiling of a cave. By adding air to his BCD he was able to invert himself and his additional buoyancy pinned him to the ceiling. Much like a toddler learning to walk, he made adjustments to his balance and was able to walk on the ceiling. On November 8, 1975, Lee Wood and I demonstrated "Moonwalking" on the ceiling of the Blue Grotto to our Advanced Diver class. It was dubbed Moonwalking by default, we did not know what else to call it. It is possible, with much practice, to leap, run, hop, and do flips. Lee and I will demonstrate and teach moonwalking to those who join us for cavern dives on the ADA trip February 17 through 20 to Crystal River. One of the suggested cavern dives will be to the Blue Grotto, near Williston Fl. For more info, call Lon, at 305-251-4975.

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Highlights From Last Year's End-of-Season ADA BBQ

--by Jerry Kosakowski

Thirty members met on October 8, 2016 at  Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park (formerly known as John U. Lloyd Beach State Park) in the Jetty Pavilion,, for our annual BBQ, gear swap, and raffle. This was right after Hurricane Matthew hit the area and, to my amazement, there was not the anticipated beach erosion, and the damage was much less than expected. However, not to my amazement, the visibility of the water was poor and stilted badly. Dives were made and lobster caught but it was no highlight dive. It was more of an exercise in dive navigation. I dove with my son-in-law and grandson. The grandson got separated from us, even though we were only five feet apart. We followed protocol and all gathered at the surface and continued our navigation dive. We could barely see our hands in front of us, so we surfaced and swam back to shore.

Roy, our resident chef, did the barbecuing  and grilled some tasty burgers and hot dogs, along with his signature homemade chili. Other participants brought in specialty foods, including salads and desserts.. All members had an enjoyable time, and there was plenty of good food to satisfy hungry divers and picnicers.

The raffle included a scuba tank made into a bell, a buoyancy compensator, an expensive dive mask, gifts and gift certificates for dives and equipment from Slates, Florida Keys Dive Center, and Austin’s. Everyone had a chance to select a gift from our cornicopia of prizes. After the raffle concluded, we held an auction for tfor some additional prizes. When all was said and done, members had multiple opportunities to select prizes. We did really good this year!.


Chef Roy: Slaving over a hot BBQ

 

At around 2:00 PM the party broke up and I offered our pavilion to another group, whose pavilion did not have electric power. We are a gracious group, making friends everywhere we go. I also recruited a Ranger and his family to join our group. He indicated he saw us there every year and had stopped by to see what we do. When I explained, he thought it was perfect for him and his family. Can’t wait until the next one. Hope to see you there because the best part was meeting up with the people we haven’t seen in a while.

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Report On the 5th Annual ADA Tune-Up Event

--by Lon Von Linteli

The 5th annual tune-up event was held on May 14 at AD Barnes community  pool in Miami. In this annual event, ADA members and prospective members are offered the opportunity to review and refresh their diving theory and scuba skills in a controlled environment. Thanks to the ADA Safety Officers' Committee, who provided expert guidance, and many volunteers, who provided support, all those attending agreed the benefits were immediate and long-serving.

The Board of Directors wishes to thank Rachel Davis, coordinator and Safety Officer, Dr. Daniel Baeza, Safety Officer, Mo Smith, Safety Officer, Lon Von Lintel, Safety Officer,  Lorena Bach, caterer , and Charles Julian, caterer and welcome our newest members Vicky Marsh, Stefano Barbosa, Thomas Rodrigues, Osman Murillio, and Rick Klein, along with current members Maureen Curtin, Bill Curtin, Jerry Kosakowski, and John Davis. Thanks also to Divers Unlimited for equipment rentals

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ADA Introduces Youth Program for 2016

--by Rachel Davis

In an effort to bring more youth into the ADA membership, we have enlisted a new board member, Juliana Bach (age 16) to spearhead the new ADA Youth Program with unlimited possibilities. Under the new program, young certified ADA divers ages 10 and 11 may dive with parents. Certified divers ages 12 to 14 may dive with any ADA adult, and Januarycertified 15 to 18 year-olds may dive with any ADA member 15 or older, in keeping with PADI safe diving practices.

To facilitate and encourage new members, the ADA board voted to amend our membership dues to just $10 for members under the age of 18 who are not already on a family membership. ADA Youth Leaders are encouraged to organize youth groups to attend the regularly-scheduled ADA dives and social activities in 2016. Help us spread the word about the new ADA Youth Program and be on the lookout for more info to come this year.

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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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