Scuba Skills Tune-Up Event - May 16

Calling all ADA Members and Prospective Members! Save the date for Saturday, May 16th for the ADA Scuba Skills Tune-up Event.

Scuba Skills Pool SessionThis exciting event will generate awareness of ADA and encourage new members to join. ADA will reach out to the community8 and provide an opportunity for lapsed scuba divers to brush up on their skills in a relaxed, friendly environment. It will also provide an opportunity for prospective ADA members to meet and get acquainted with the membership, learn about our dive trips and join ADA! New this year – non-divers can Discover Scuba Diving in the pool and experience diving for the very first time.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 9am to 1pm

Location: A.D. Barnes Park Park Pool
3401 SW 72 Avenue
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 666-5883

Cost: Free to current paid-up ADA members; $25.00 one-day only membership promotion for certified divers wishing to join ADA at the event – offer available to new members only. Discover Scuba diving is $25.00 which includes a provisional ADA membership. Once you complete the open water course and become a certified diver, your ADA membership is free.

Events and Activities: Ongoing Scuba Tune-Up Clinics taught by Safety Officers and PADI-certified scuba instructors. Clinic topics include re-familiarization and assembly of scuba equipment, proper use of equipment, and refresh on the typical pool skills with scuba equipment taught in the Open Water course. Also covered will be safety topics, equipment, dive planning, underwater environment, computer use, etc. Note: This is not the official PADI scuba refresher course and participants do not receive any sort of certification for this event. Discover Scuba Diving is for non-divers to experience diving for the first time in the pool, limited to 8 participants.

Lunch: Poolside lunch served after the pool session compliments of ADA.

Equipment: Participants must bring their own scuba gear – mask, fins, snorkel, BC, regulator and weights. Each participant must also bring one filled air tank. Many local shops will rent the necessary equipment.

Volunteers Needed: If you would like to volunteer for the registration table, lunch setup, clean-up, or clinic instruction, please contact Rachel at rachelhancock7@gmail.com or call 786-316-9852.

Spread the Word and Bring Your Friends! We want to use this event to get in as many new members as possible so please spread the word and bring your friends. There will not be another opportunity to join ADA for just $25 for the rest of the year.

To RSVP or More Info: Contact Rachel Davis at rachelhancock7@gmail.com or call 786-316-9852.

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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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