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 email@example.com.
See you onboard!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Dan at 954-260-8225954-260-8225 and leave a message with your new contact information.
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
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