Going, Going, Gone....

It won't be long now before your chance to renew at a reduced rate is gone! Renew before March 31, 2015 and your membership fee is only $35 for a year of discounts and diving news. After March 31, your annual membership renewal fee is $45.

Your membership includes periodic eNews emails about club activities as well as electronic access to The Mouthpiece monthly newsletter. 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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ADA Season Kickoff and BBQ Party Event: Saturday, March 21st

Be There or Be Square

--by Rachel Davis

Join your ADA buddies on Saturday, March 21st at John U Lloyd State Park Jetty Pavilion, located at 6503 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33004. The fun goes from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come for a free beach dive or swim/snorkel during the event.

New this year ADA will host its first annual Dive Gear Swap 'n' Shop next article for details). Bring all your gently used dive gear including wet suits, accessories, and scuba-related paraphernalia to sell and swap amongst your buddies. It’s like a great garage sale just for divers!

At 12:00 noon we’ll fire up the grill for hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, and all the fixin’s. BBQ is $10 for members who RSVP, free barbecue for new members that join that day at the $35 early booking rate.

Click here to pay online:

Also new this year is our dive Buddy Special: Bring a new member who joins ADA at the event and you dive free with your buddy on his/her first ADA dive!

At 1:00 we will have our guest speaker from Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative. Amanda R. Costaregni is a Graduate Research Assistant from the GIS and Spatial Ecology Lab of Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center. Her graduate thesis project is based on an online socioeconomic survey looking at how local residents and guests use the reefs in the southeast Florida region. The survey is being conducted as part of a local initiative for our area, known as Our Florida Reefs. Hosted by the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI), this planning process brings together the community of local residents, reef users, business owners, visitors and the broader public in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties to develop management recommendations that can become part of a comprehensive management strategy to ensure healthy coral reefs in the future. Click here to take the survey: http://ofr-coastal-use.point97.io/respond/register/ofr-mapping

The Kickoff event will conclude with a raffle of fabulous dive-related prizes. Make plans now to join us on March 21st.

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ADA members frequently enjoy an optional beach dive during the kickoff event, so feel free to bring your dive gear and buddy-up if you feel like diving. This dive is not an official ADA event and no safety officer will be provided. All divers assume full responsibility their decisions whether to dive and for their own safety during the dive.

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ADA Goes Farmin'
(Photos by Dan Baeza)

ADA divers became gentlemen and gentlewomen farmers this Saturday, September 6, as they learned how to harvest and plant coral. The day started with a classrom lecture on coral formations and coral planting. As part of the lecture, our intrepid divers participated in hands-on training in preparation for our dive.

After a quick lunch provided by ADA, the team drove down to Florida Keys Dive Center and boarded a charter boat headed for the coral nursery. The divers quickly found out that performing the work on dry land was an order of magnitude harder in the water. Current, bouyancy control, and the need to hold everything with just two hands, made the task much more complex. One diver remarked, "I had to fight the urge to put the crimping hardware in my mouth. I needed several more hands...." To view more photos of the event, go to the Photo Gallery and click on "CRF", or click here to be taken directly to it.

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Divin' in Key Largo with Rainbow Reef Dive Center
(Photos by Roger Smalling)

Members of the Active Divers Association enjoyed a Chamber of Commerce day in Key Largo last Saturday, August 2. The water was calm, the visibility excellent, and the fish cooperative. What could be better?

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ARE TANKS INCLUDED?

A common and legitimate question we hear from our members. The answer is yes and no.  Some dive shops/boat captains include tanks, others do not.  Their reasons vary, but some find private tanks, for example steel 120s, do not fit in in the boat's custom-designed tank racks, others consider tanks a part of their professional service.  When in doubt, just refer to our dive schedule page and those operators including tanks as part of their service will display "TANKS INCLUDED".  If it is not noted, tanks are not included.

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Moved or Changed Email Addresses Lately?

If so, please email or call us with your current information. you may send an email to Dr Dan Baeza, Membership Chair at dmbaeza@bellsouth.net. You can also call Dan at 954-260-8225 and leave a message with your new contact information.

If you haven't renewed yet for the 2014 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 ADA member Carol Cox

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