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January 2014 Edition

ADA 2014 International Dive Trip

We have had a lot of suggestions for trips this year and overall, Bonaire has received the most requests, so mark your calendar for July 19-26, 2014!! For those of you who have never been to Bonaire, it is unique in many ways, including being the beach diving capital of the world. While you can do the trip simply by making beach-entry dives, our trip will include a minimum of 2 boat dives per day with the option to do as many beach-entry dives as the tables will safely allow. These are not ordinary beach-entry dives either! Swim 100 feet offshore and you are in 80 feet of deep blue water with visibility typically in the 100 foot plus range!!

Ten lucky divers will accompany Dan and Daryl to visit this desert paradise which makes up the “B” in the ABC Netherland Antilles islands. Just north of Venezuela, these islands are rarely impacted by hurricanes, making them a terrific summer destination. One of our favorite beach-entry dives is the Salt Pier. Entering the water at dusk as day turns to night, you will see a variety of marine life in a truly unusual environment.  Another popular site is the Town Pier, featured on the cover of many dive magazines over the years, and a must-do dive.

So, save the dates on your calendar as Dan and I search for the best value package and start the arrangements.  By the way, we are considering a second international trip this year if there is enough interest, so keep sending Dan and Daryl suggestions at and , respectively.


All members of the Active Divers Association are eligible to WIN FREE DIVE TRIPS in our monthly “Words to Live By” Contest. In this fun contest, each month from September, 2013 through March, 2014, the ADA will give away one free dive trip to be used for any local dive trip during the 2014 dive season. That’s seven free dives to be awarded in all.

If you have ideas for slogans or phrases that remind us of the need to conserve our natural resources, promote good diving habits and practices, or inspirational words to live by, send those ideas by email to He will submit those entries anonymously to a contest judge, and each month the best entry will win a free dive trip.

Entries can -- but do not have to be -- diving-related, and can deal with subjects including but not limited to clean energy, air pollution, littering, healthy eating, conservation, and preservation of our water resources and sea creatures. We look forward to your creativity and ideas.

Here are the rules:

1. One entry per person per month
2. Multiple winners allowed
3. Dives must be redeemed in 2014
4. No refunds or transfers of unredeemed dives
5. Trip insurance may be purchased
6. Deadline for each month is the last day of that month
7. Anonymous judge will declare winners

So get your entries into Roy by Friday, January 31, to be considered for the February competition!

Did You Know.....

Elbow Reef near Key Largo is sometimes called "Wreck Reef" because of the many shipwrecks, making it a very popular dive spot in the Florida Keys. The reef is marked by a 36-foot light tower. On one side is the City of Washington, which went aground in 1911 and where Atlantis Dive Center conducts their twice weekly "Creature Feature" dive. Nearby are "Mike’s Wreck" and a site called "Anchor Chain" because of a 30-foot length of chain. Both wrecks reside in 25 to 30 feet of water. Also popular is an area where a ship carrying train wheels sank. The Elbow is also known for its spur and groove formations and ledges where abundant corals, exotic fish and turtles can be seen. Nelson’s Ledge near the deepest portion of the reef at 85 feet, where giant barrel sponges and brain corals are found. ADA schedules dives on the Elbow via Capt. Slates Atlantis Dive Center several times each year.


Calling all Dive Masters, Assistant Instructors, and Instructors. On each and every ADA dive there is supervision provided by an ADA Safety Officer. The Safety Officer's job is to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all ADA divers. It is a big job, with little or no thanks, but very rewarding for those of us who have accepted the challenge. You too can be a part of this elite fraternity.

The process of becoming an 'ADA Safety Officer begins with an orientation session conducted by the Safety Officers Committee where all your questions can be aswered.

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Following the orientation, there is a period of on-the-dive observations, as well as an apprenticeship under the supervision of an ADA Safety Officer. Thereafter, the Safety Officer Committee evaluates its observations and based on a positive outcome, you are awarded the coveted ADA Safety Officers T-shirt.

Are you up to the challenge? Want to give something back to ADA? Call Lon at 305-251-4975 for more information.


Rising costs affect everyone, and unfortunately our industry is not immune. The fee for most 2-tank boat dives will rise in 2014 to $55, up from $49.


Rachel Davis

In October 2012 I had the distinction of becoming the first female Safety Officer in the history of ADA. I was very proud of this honor and thrilled to be the newest member of the elite ADA Safety Officer corps. I had dreamed of becoming a Safety Officer when I first joined ADA back in 2007, so I was very happy to be selected by the committee after training as an Assistant Safety Officer for the entire 2012 season.

No stranger to sports instruction, I have been a PSIA certified ski instructor since 1991 and taught ski school lessons for many years in the mountains of Colorado and California. Ten years ago I moved to South Florida specifically to scuba dive. Four years ago while between jobs I decided to fulfill a long-time dream and become a PADI-certified scuba diving instructor. I really enjoy sharing the joy of  (click to continue to page 2)


The new dive season is just around the corner. Renew before March 31, 2014 and your membrship is only $35 for a year. After March 31, your annual membership renewal fee is $45. Your membership includes periodic eNews emails about club activities as well as electronic access to The Mouthpiece monthly newsletter.


You may pay by check or online.To renew your membership online, go to 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.

ADA Guidelines and Policies


  1. Be current (dive activity within the previous 3 months).
  2. Have the approval of an ADA Safety Officer.
  3. Have a minimum of 25 logged dives.
  4. Carry an alternate air source (octopus), time keeping device and depth


Before departing for the dive site, confirm weather conditions with the designated Safety Officer. It is the responsibility of the member to call. Because of the large numbers of divers involved we are not able call you with weather information. For morning dives, call between 6 and 10 p.m. the night before the dive. For afternoon dives, call between 9 and 10 a.m. the morning of the dive.


  1. Check this newsletter or the annual calendar for upcoming dives.
  2. Call Lon at (305) 251-4975 to make a reservation. Please do not leave requests on his answering machine, as the trip may be full.
  3. We will hold your reservation for four (4) days from the date you call. If we do not receive payment within four days, your space may be given to other members. If you wish to confirm receipt, call Lon.
  4. Ask for details about the trip when you call. Otherwise, details will be given when you call for a weather check. (See “Important Weather Information”)
  5. Make your check payable to ACTIVE DIVERS ASSOCIATION, not to any individual, and mail to:
Jerry Kosakowski 
298 NW 83 Lane 
Coral Springs FL 33071-7439
You may also pay online via PayPal on the "Dive Schedule" page.


  1. Members using dive computers may extend their time 10 underwater minutes beyond the time allowed by the tables.
  2. Computer assisted dives must be well within the NO DECOMPRESSION LIMITS
  3. Members should understand and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  4. If a computer diver is buddied with a diver using the tables, both must follow the tables.
  5. If a buddy-team is using dis-similar computers, both must follow the more conservative readings


ADA has created a unique concept in local diving: NO FAULT INSURANCE!! For an additional $5.00 per person, per local dive trip, members can eliminate the worry of losing their dive fees because of an unforeseen change of plans. If for any reason you are unable to attend a local dive for which you are scheduled and have paid the insurance, ADA will credit your dive fee to another date. The $5.00 insurance is  non-transferable and non-refundable. When you make a reservation, ask for dive trip cancellation insurance and pay the additional $5,00 online.


All members are reminded to read the “Rules & Guidelines for Diving Activities” you received with your membership package. Number 16 states, “All divers must be present for the pre-dive briefing”. If the diver is not present for the entire briefing, diving privileges may be revoked for that dive. Please plan to arrive on time, or better yet, a bit early. We thank you and appreciate your cooperation.


Because of our contractual agreements with our service agents, dive shops and boat captains, we typically must notify them seven days in advance with the final number of spaces we are purchasing. Thus, if our members cancel less than seven days in advance, we regret that NO REFUND OR CREDIT can be given, unless trip cancellation insurance has been purchased at the time of the dive trip payment (see "ADA Trip Cancellation Insurance", above).