Tuning Up Your Scuba Skills

The annual ADA Scuba Skills Tune-up Event took place on Saturday, May 16 at A.D. Barnes Park Pool in Miami. By all measures, it was a super success, with 21 new and current members joining in on the refresher.

Scuba Skills Pool SessionThis exciting event generates awareness of ADA and encourages new members to join by providing an opportunity for lapsed scuba divers to brush up on their skills in a relaxed, friendly environment.

As in past years, the day started out with a clinic on scuba. Clinic topics included re-familiarization and assembly of scuba equipment, proper use of equipment, and the underwater environment. Also covered was dive planning and safety, problem management, and the use of dive computers.The clinic finished in the pool with a refresher on some of the common  scuba skills typically taught in the Open Water course. Afterward, the attendees were treated to a picnic style lunch by the pool. Now, let's go diving!!!!

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Coral Reef Restoration - Only a Few Slots Remaining

Since 2007 the Active Divers Association has been supporting and participating in the reef restoration activities of the Coral Restoration Foundation (“CRF”). On Saturday, June 13, 2015, ADA will once again join our friends at CRF for a day-long program of classroom instruction, hands-on training, and diving to outplant baby corals to reefs at Pennekamp State Park.  Make plans now to join our group for a fun and fulfilling day of restoring the reefs to their former splendor.

The program will include classroom training at the CRF’s comfortable facility in Key Largo, where we will learn the latest techniques for fragging and prepping baby corals for outplanting, then outplanting them onto the reefs, maintaining previously-planted coral gardens, and documenting the successes of our efforts.  Then after a lunch break we will board a boat, specially reserved only for our ADA/CRF program, for a two-tank dive.  Our first dive will be a tour of the coral nursery, and involve setting-up for our outplanting tasks.  Then we will move to the reef and perform outplanting and maintenance activities on the corals.

ADA has negotiated a discounted rate for the boat trip through Florida Keys Dive Center. The cost of the program $130 per diver and includes boat fee, two tanks and weights, lunch, the Coral Reef Foundation fee and membership in the Active DIvers Association for the current calendar year.  More details for prospective members can be found at http://activedivers.org/2015_CRF_New_Member.html.

Please contact ADA Conservation Projects Director, Roy Wasson, to indicate your interest in going on this trip on June 13.  Roy’s email address is roy@wassonandassociates.com.

Additional information can be found about the Coral Restoration Foundation may be viewed at  http://www.coralrestoration.org/.

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Active Divers Season Kickoff and Barbecue a Hugh Success

Over 30 veteran and new Active Divers met on March 21st at John U Lloyd State Park Jetty Pavilion to enjoy tasty barbecue and beach diving for its annual Season Kickoff. Our own gourmet chef extraordinaire, Roy Wasson, prepared burgers, chicken, and his own secret chili recipe for the hungry crowd.

We also held our first annual Dive Gear Swap 'n' Shop. Divers brought their gently used dive gear including wet suits, accessories, and scuba-related paraphernalia and engaged in a lively sell and swap fest among their buddies. It was a great garage sale just for divers!

Volunteer Appreciation
L to R: Connie Crowther, Lon Von Lintel, Daryl Johnson, Rachel Davis, Jerry Kosakowski, Lenora Bach, Roy Wasson, John Davis, Lee Wood, Dan Baeza

After everyone had their fill of eating and shopping, our guest speaker Amanda R. Costaregni of the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative presented her research findings. Amanda showed how local residents and guests use the reefs in the southeast Florida region using a web-based interactive map. Hosted by the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI), this research 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. Based on the research, the SEFCRI develops management recommendations that can become part of a comprehensive management strategy to ensure healthy coral reefs in the future. (Mouse-over the photo at right to see Amanda lecturing the picnicers.)

Many thanks to all the volunteers who selflessly donated their time and talents to making the 2014 dive season a success. Our club exists for the sole purpose of serving its members. The hundreds of hours put in by our volunteers each year is the lifeblood that keeps our club vital. Pictured at left are some of our volunteers posing with their certificates of appreciation.

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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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