Join ADA's Exclusive Tour to
Aquarius Reef Base on August 20th!

Registration is now open! >>Click here to register <<

ADA is partnering with Florida International University's Aquarius Reef Base for the unique opportunity to dive down and tour the Aquarius Base. The Aquarius Experience guest dives were developed to provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for non-professional divers to make a dive to Aquarius. Less than 1,200 divers have ever had the opportunity to enter Aquarius.

The mission at Aquarius is to conduct marine ecosystem science, test bed novel marine technologies, train professional divers for extreme environment operations and develop formal experiential education programs. Aquarius is located in a research-only area within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and access to the area is tightly controlled and mission protocols for dive operations are rigorous out of necessity.

Click here to check out the August Newsletter

We are offering six lucky ADA divers the Aquarius Experience opportunity on Sunday, August 20th for $500 per person. The cost covers a full day (8am to 5pm) including introductory program overview of Aquarius operations and scientific research, two dives to Aquarius including a tour of the inside guided by scientists, plus a box lunch. 

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED SO RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

This program has been added to the 2017 Dive Schedule. >>Register and make your payment here <<

NOTE: Due to our contract with the providing agency, no refunds are possible unless the project is cancelled due to weather. In that case, full refunds less a small service charge, will be issued.

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2018 ADA Dive Cruise is on SALE

The 2018 ADA Dive cruise is on SALE!!! Yes, that's right, we have already booked the dive cruise for next year since it is such a spectacular itinerary and includes a free drink package when you book a balcony or above by August 31, 2017. It's a round trip on the Royal Princess from Fort Lauderdale on November 24, 2018 for seven days and stops at four world class dive locations: Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize and Roatan.

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.

Just call our Princess Cruise Planner, Karen Brader at 800-901-1172, ext. 41643, and tell her that you want to book the 2018 Active Divers Group trip - it's that easy to join in on an awesome dive cruise!

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Fantastic Looe Key/Key West Weekend

On July 22 and 23, ADA divers set out for Looe Key and Key West for an adventuresome weekend of diving and enjoying the sights. The morning of Saturday, July 22nd, three ADA divers toured the Turtle Hospital in Marathon. The Turtle Hospital rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured sea turtles. The tour was very informative and we really enjoyed it.

The next chapter of our adventure brought us to Looe Key resort where we boarded a very large, crowded pontoon boat, with 16 divers and 30 snorkelers. On the way out to the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, we ran into a large pod of friendly dolphins. Captain Katie pulled alongside so we could get a closer look at them frolicking in the aqua blue water. It's always a good omen to run into dolphins in a dive trip and this pod portended two wonderful dives in crystal clear, warm water.

The towering finger reefs of Looe Key were teeming with life: tropicals of all kinds including, schooling Atlantic Spadefish, two free-swimming Caribbean reef sharks, and pristine examples of pillar and elkhorn coral. At the end of the second dive, we were treated to a visit by "Junior" the resident Goliath Grouper, who was getting friendly with the divers and snorkelers under the boat.

After a relaxing afternoon at Looe Key's pool and dinner at the Tiki bar with live rock and roll music, Sunday morning came bright and early. We made our way down to Key West for the 7:30 a.m. check-in at Lost Reef Adventures to experience one of south Florida's best wrecks - the General Hoyt S. Vandenburg. Once a military transport ship, it was converted to a satellite tracking vessel that once tracked space launches off of Cape Canaveral, complete with swim-through satellite dishes, whose aluminum is unfortunately disintegrating after years of exposure to salt water. We moored to Ball #4, which was 2two-thirds of the way to the stern. There was a mild current on the first dive, but it became stronger as the second dive progressed. Still is was possible to cover the entire length of the 524 foot vessel between both dives. The ship had good coral encrustation, numerous large barracudas, schooling Bermuda chubs, crevalle jack, and schooling brown chromis. There was a significant thermocline at 75 feet with water temp 87 above and 82 degrees below. With the current getting stronger, the crawl to the bow into the current was a workout but the free ride back two-thirds of the length of the ship was exhilarating. Interesting rooms to explore such as the cut-out navigation bridge. The dive was over by noontime, which left plenty of time to take in the sights of Key West before heading home.

The ADA Key West weekend is in its third year and, due to popular demand, Lon promised to put it back on the ADA dive schedule for 2018.

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It's Official: Dive Season Has Started

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.

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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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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