Dive with ADA this summer!

Saturday, Oct 8, 2016
Who: ADA members, prospective members, family and friends.
Where: Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson (formerly John U Lloyd) State Park, Jetty Pavillion, 6503 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, Florida 33004 1.5 miles north of Sheridan St. on A1A
Time: Park opens at 8:00 AM. Meet for beach dive at 9:00 AM, BBQ at noon.


Bring Your Dive gear for Sale or Swap!!
Call Lon at 305-251-4975 to sign up, deadline October 5th.
The ADA coral restoration event was a success. Pictured at left are ADA youth members and MAST Academy high school students Joshua Escalona and Juliana Bach. Joshua is the inaugural recipient of the first annual ADA Youth Coral Restoration Scholarship. The scholarship was funded this year by ADA Environmental Programs Chair Roy D. Wasson. Plans are to award a scholarship annually to an ADA Youth Member interested in learning how to make a difference to better our oceans. Photos courtesy of ADA member Lenora Bach.
Reef Report: ADA Coral Restoration Foundation Event

September 17th - CRF Worksites with Florida Keys Dive Center

Classroom Session: The CRF hosted our group at their headquarters in Key Largo. On this day, we were briefed and practiced a new and recently adopted technique of monitoring the coral's health and growth. The CRF has installed a new data collection software in their system. Now they have the ability to track each coral cluster and its status.

New Techniques: Volunteers, such as our members, record the genome and cluster number on a water proof slate. Then they estimate the number of individual corals, the number fused, and the number of dead corals in the original cluster of 10. The audiovisual presentation in the classroom trained us in how to make these determinations. We viewed countless photographs of coral clusters and practiced analyzing them. Since the beginning, years ago, the CRF has tagged each cluster with a small square plastic tag which identifies that cluster with a number and genome type.

Dive 1: Our first dive was on Conch reef, which has dozens of transplanted coral clusters. In teams of two, we were able to record data even though the tags were usually covered with growth and had to be scrub-brushed vigorously.

Dive 2: We moved to the coral nursery for our second dive. The objective there was to remove algae and fire coral from the "coral trees" The dive conditions on both sites were near perfection, with seas of <1', no current, and vis of 40'. All agreed, post dive, that the day was both educational and personally rewarding. I look forward to our next CRF event and their continuing evolution and improvements.

-- ADA Safety Officer and President Lon Von Lintel

Book your dives now!

The season's not over yet! There's still time to join us now. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1. Choose your dives below or see the complete dive schedule >>
2. Visit our Dive Schedule Page to reserve and pay for your dives. For advanced dives, call Lon at 305-251-4975 to confirm eligibility.
3. Pay conveniently online at time of booking or mail a check payable to Active Divers Association to Jerry Kosakowski, 298 NW 83rd Lane, Coral Springs, FL 33071.

North Tavernier
Dive the pristine waters of Tavernier.

Sunday, September 25th: Come experience the top Key Largo scuba diving sites such as Molasses Reef, Conch Wall, Davis Ledge, Horseshoe and Hens & Chickens. Here you'll find many morays, schooling tropicals, turtles, the occasional spotted eagle ray, and  unusual pillar corals Check in at Capt. Slates at noon.
Photo courtesy of ADA member Helen Colby

Spiegel Grove Wreck (Advanced)
Come join us for the BIG one!

Saturday, October 1st: This retired Navy transport ship was intentionally sunk  in order to create the backbone of a new coral-reef ecosystem. The Spiegel Grove is one of the largest ships ever sunk for this purpose. Advanced criterion applies. Meet at Florida Keys Dive Center at 12:00 noon.
Photo courtesy of ADA member Rachel Davis

Key Largo
Great diving and tanks included!

Sunday, October 9th: Choose from a variety of dive sites including Christ of the Abyss statue, the Minnow Caves, the Elbow, Dry Rocks, Shark Reef, Snapper Ledge, and the Benwood shallow wreck - all full of fish and a variety of marine life. Depth 20-30 feet. Check in at Rainbow Reef in at MM100 at 12:00 noon.
Photo courtesy of ADA member Dan Baeza
West Palm Beach (Advanced)
Drift dive in swift currents!
Saturday, October 15th:
The blue waters of the Gulf Stream dip closest to Florida here which creates a mild current (1 knot average) running parallel to the wrecks and reef lines. The gentle current allows divers to drift effortlessly along all the dive sites plentiful with marine life. Check in at Ocean Quest Scuba at 12:00 noon. Advanced criterion applies.
Photo courtesy of ADA member Rachel Davis

Blue Heron Bridge
(Night Dive)

Experience this famous dive by night!

Sunday, October 15th: One of South Florida's premiere shore dives is actually on the Intracoastal Waterway just inside of the Lake Worth Inlet. There’s plenty of schooling tropicals and other sea life such as starfish and rays, all in a relatively small area and all at depths ranging from 6 to 16 feet. Check in at Ocean Quest Scuba at 6:00 p.m.
For more information see our latest ADA Newsletter, The Mouthpiece. 

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