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.

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.

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.
Call or email Daryl at 954-591-1161 or 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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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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