--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 barbequeing 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 bouyancy 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.
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
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 certified 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.
Kicking Off the New Dive Season
--by Jerry Kosakowski
The Active Divers Association Annual Dive Season Kickoff event was held on April 2, 2016 at the John U Lloyd Park Jetty Pavilion, with over 25 members in attendance.
The weather was a bit uncooperative for diving, to say the least. It was windy and the seas were rough, with visibility less than two feet. Needless to say, no one attempted to dive. However, the kids and some adult "kids" went in and enjoyed the surf. I noted a few adults sharing my granddaughter’s surfing equipment.
Roy Wasson did an exemplary job as the chief chef, barbecuing hot dogs and hamburgers for the hungry patrons. He also brought a potful of his special steak chili, which everyone sampled. He can be my chef any day. Additionally, some of the members brought some homemade dishes to augment the barbecue.
The annual scuba equipment swap/trade, always a hit, was no exception this year. Great bargains went went quickly and included masks, fins, snorkels, regulators, BCDs, regulators, gauges, and even tanks. Afterwards, the club held its annual free raffle. The free raffle included wet suits, air cards, T-shirts, as well as an assortment of smaller items. All who attended received prizes.
As much fun as eating, shopping, and winning raffle prizes, the best part of the day was meeting new members and catching up with old friends. Friendship is what it is all about and this certainly had that. Can’t wait for next year's picnic.
Our 1st Annual ADA Dive-Cruise Is History!
Twenty ADA members set sail on November 14th for seven fabulous days aboard the Emerald Princess for the First Annual (official) ADA Dive Cruise. The lucky cruisers were Daryl Johnson & Beverly Smith, Jay & Elizabeth Abbazia, Roger Bach, Terry Longmore, Dan & Nina Baeza, Carol & Stuart Cox, Shel & Randy Seidman, Ellen Siegel, Betty Howie, Randy & Cindy Sonntag, Tony & Pat Spagnolo, and John & Rachel Davis.
After a rather rainy departure and first day at sea, we sailed to Grand Cayman where we dove with Don Foster's Dive Cayman. The first dive site was Trinity Caves, followed by the Oro Verde wreck and Paradise Reef. The water was a balmy 85 degrees as we descended down the wall through an open crevasse. The highlight of this day was the divemaster petting seemingly tame nurse sharks, and the ADA divers gathering around to take turns petting them. Click here to check out the video shot by our intrepid trip planner, Daryl.
The next day brought us to Roatan, a beautiful tropical jungle island off the coast of mainland Honduras. After our gear was hoisted and strapped to the top of the Jesu Cristo microbus, we wound around a narrow road through the lush jungle to Anthony's Key Dive resort. Here we dove Deep Eel Gardens and Wreck of the Aquila ("Eagle" in Spanish), followed by Melissa's Reef. If anyone on the ADA dive trip to the neighboring island of Utila three years ago was dismayed by a lack of fish, the divemasters at Anthony's remedied that concern with a large bag of smelly sardine chum. This brought fish by the hundreds including several large and friendly Nassau groupers that followed us for every fin stroke of the dive. We saw turtles, sharks and scores of creole wrasse teeming along the bottom. Here's a great hawksbill turtle video seen on one of the dives (credit: Dr. Dan Baeza).
The final fabulous day of diving brought us to Cozumel, famous for drift diving, and these dives did not disappoint. The Dive House boat brought us to French Reef and a close encounter with a massive Eagle ray feeding on conch in the sand, followed by incredibly beautiful swimthroughs. On the next dive over Punta Tunich we rode the fast 3-knot current Cozumel is famous for. Here we were treated to sharks, rays and baby trunkfish.
The Emerald Princess provided beautiful rooms, great entertainment, fabulous food, Movies Under the Stars, and countless hot tubs to relax in after a great day diving. We also enjoyed a great BBQ, decent snorkeling and hobie-cat rides on Princess Cays, their very own private resort in the Bahamas.
This was a fabulous experience overall. If you missed it this year, please join us for the 2nd Annual ADA Dive Cruise! It will be held November 13 through November 19, 2016 onboard the Caribbean Princess sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. To reserve simply contact Karen Bradder, our Princess Cruise Vacation Planner at 1-800-901-1172 ext. 41643 and ask for the Active Divers Group. If you need more information about next year's cruise, contact Daryl Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you onboard!
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Dr. Dan Baeza
Membership Chairman - Active Divers Association
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Coral Springs, FL 33065
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