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March 2017 Edition

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T-i-i-i-i-m-e Is No Longer On Your Side

--by Dr. Dan Baeza

In This Issue:

In the words of that 60's band, the Chambers Brothers, the time has come....... for you to renew your membership. Renew now and membership is only $35 for a calendar year of discounts and diving news. 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 online or by check. 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


About ADA 2016 Refunds and Credits

Members who have a credit from 2016 have the option to either request a full refund or apply $35 of their refund toward the discounted rate for their 2017 membership.  In the later case, the balance will be refunded and a check will be mailed to the address of record in our membership file.  If you wish to request a full refund, call Lon at 305-251-4975.  No action is required if you want $35 applied to your 2017 membership or to extend your membership one year.

Please Note: If you think you purchased an extended membership sometime in the past, but unsure when it expires, drop us a note at ActiveDiversInfo@gmail.com, and we will let you know by return email. Please include your name and "Membership Expiration Date" in the subject line.

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FREE BBQ, FREE DIVE!! PRIZES

--by Jerry Kosakowski

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017

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.

MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN RAFFLE PRIZES. MUST RSVP TO WIN PRIZES.

Bring Your Dive gear for Sale or Swap!!

Call Lon at 305-251-4975 to sign up, deadline April 5th for RSVP. For beach diving, bring all your own gear and a dive flag if you have one. The reef is about 100 yards off shore. It’s a great surface swim out, or dve in close and enjoy the reef. The pavilion has covered shelter, very nice bathroom, showers, and changing room. We will have the BBQ and raffle, rain or shine. BBQ will include burgers, dogs, chicken, extras and all drinks. A small fee is charged to enter the park ($4 for single occupancy vehicles, $6 for 2-8 persons per vehicle), free parking at the pavilion.

ADA BBQ, Raffle, and Beach Dive: $10

For those who have never previously belonged to ADA and newly join ADA that day (at a discounted rate of $35 for the early season signup) the barbeque will be free! Current ADA members pay only $10 per person and includes the lunch, raffle, and optional beach diving. Non-ADA members and non-family members may attend but will be asked to contribute $10 for the BBQ. They may also dive, but are not part of the ADA dive group and not eligible for prizes. Purchase may be via the PayPal button at right.

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Crystal River Weekend

--by Rachel Davis

On President's Weekend, February 17-20, sixteen ADA divers set out on an adventure to swim with manatees and explore cavern diving in the vicinity of Crystal River, Florida. The adventure started bright and early Saturday morning with a 6:00 a.m. meeting time at Bird's Underwater dive shop while it was still dark. We boarded our snorkel with manatees adventure boat and set out to watch the sun rise over King's Bay. Here the water was a cold and murky 73 degrees, however we ran into 20-25 manatees in a mating pod with plenty of curiosity to go around. They came up to the boat gnawing on the ropes and were very friendly and interactive in the water. It was a worthwhile adventure and very exciting to have the chance to interact with these magnificent creatures.

The afternoon took us to Devil's Den, a sinkhole filed with 71 degree fresh water. Nine ADA divers braved the depths to explore the caverns and swimthroughs. A single hole in the earth with beautiful ferns hanging down illuminated the area, but underneath flashlights made it much easier to enjoy the craggy limestone formations in this incredibly unique diving experience.

Another manatee excursion on Sunday morning rounded out the weekend. However, the manatees were all congregated in their roped-off sanctuary, presumably escaping from the massive hordes of snorkelers and kayakers out enjoying the Presidents' Weekend sunshine and warm temperatures. It turned out to be more of a canal excursion and sightseeing tour, but the pristine waterway and unique vegetation such as moss hanging from tall trees on the banks made for a unique experience for ADA divers.

Many brave souls camped in the nearby KOA while the rest of us city-folk slept in the warm comfort of neighboring motels. All in all it was a great trip, and one we hope will make the annual ADA calendar.

To see more photos of the event, click here.

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Scuba Divers' Liability and the Good Samaritan Act

--by Roy D. Wasson
Board Certified Appellate Attorney

I have heard people (not necessarily scuba divers) say that they would be afraid of getting sued if they rendered emergency assistance to someone in distress.  Other people are not so concerned and would be ready to jump in and assist without regard for the potential of a lawsuit.  Some of those people take comfort in the fact that Florida has a law called the “Good Samaritan Act,” which bears the title:  “Good Samaritan Act:  Immunity From Civil Liability.”  Section 768.13, Florida Statutes.  Although that title sounds reassuring, the reality is that the Good Samaritan Act does not really reduce the risk of a successful lawsuit against a person who assists in a rescue.

The pertinent provision of the Good Samaritan Act (edited for clarity) is this:  “Any person . . . who gratuitously and in good faith renders emergency care or treatment . . . at the scene of an emergency outside of a hospital, doctor's office, or other place having proper medical equipment, without objection of the injured victim or victims thereof, shall not be held liable for any civil damages as a result of such care or treatment or as a result of any act or failure to act in providing or arranging further medical treatment where the person acts as an ordinary reasonably prudent person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances.”  Still sounds pretty safe to pitch in and perform CPR on a fellow diver who has had a medical emergency, right?  Not so fast.

By saying that a good Samaritan is immune from liability “where the person acts as an ordinary reasonably prudent person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances,”  the law implies that the good Samaritan will be liable where he or she fails to act as a reasonably prudent person would.”  The law does not provide much, if any, protection for a simple reason:  Under existing law, no one is ever liable for injuring someone else——in the “Good Samaritan” context, or in just driving down the street—unless they fail to act as a reasonably prudent person would have acted.

Under the law, someone whose actions injure another is liable for “negligence.”  The definition of negligence read to juries in civil trials is this:  “Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care, which is the care that a reasonably careful person would use under like circumstances. Negligence is doing something that a reasonably careful person would not do under like circumstances or failing to do something that a reasonably careful person would do under like circumstances.”  In my opinion, there is no difference between “reasonably careful” and “reasonably prudent.”  Thus, under existing law, even without consideration of the Good Samaritan Act, a rescuer is not liable unless he or she failed to act  with reasonable care.

The purpose of this article is not to discourage divers from assisting buddies in distress.  You are under no legal obligation to volunteer to assist another person; however, once you do, you may be held liable for failure to act as a reasonably careful person would; but you cannot be automatically liable where the rescue is unsuccessful unless you fail to use reasonable care under the circumstances.

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Our Grenada Adventure Is Waiting for You!!

--by Daryl Johnson

Response to the Grenada trip has been so good that I have added 8 more spots!! And I do have some single male and female divers looking for roommates. All you have to do is email me at diverdaryl@bellsouth.net to let me know that you are interested in sharing a room with a fellow ADA diver and I will get you set up. It really is a wonderful way to do an international dive trip when you have a group leader to make sure that all is coordinated and takes the worry out of trying to plan one yourself.

We will be diving with Aquanauts dive operators. They have received rave reviews on Trip Advisor. Just take a look at some of the reviews for yourself at  Trip Advisor .

Here is what the package includes:

Seven nights accommodations at the True Blue Boutique resort (see reviews on Trip Advisor), airport round-trip transfers, continental breakfast daily, free Rum punch party, free use of non-motorized water sports, free shuttle to Grand Anse Beach, free Nitrox 30% mix, free Après Dive Rum punch, free Wi-Fi access, all taxes and service charges. Dive packages include tanks and weights for 5 days of two tank diving, Nitrox (30% mix) and Marine Park fees.  You get all of this for $1399 per person, double occupancy (single room is higher and we will match single divers up to share rooms where possible).

Flights (Not included) are running anywhere from $560 to $750 as of this writing out of Miami, and American Airlines has a direct flight from Miami. These will likely go on sale in the March to April timeframe.

So, get ready for another amazing ADA dive trip by clicking the link below to put down your $100 deposit now! Final payment is due April 1, 2017 and must be made by check.

See you there!

Grenada International Trip Deposit:

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Annual Dive Gear Maintenance
--by Mo Smith

Throughout the years, I frequently hear conversations from dive buddies or strangers on dive boats commenting how they haven’t had their dive gear serviced.  It amazes me that the times of neglect can span from many months to even decades. Proper maintenance of your dive gear will prevent equipment failure during a dive.  A broken hose, failing regulator, or a BCD that refuses to hold air, preventing you from obtaining buoyancy or keep you afloat at the surface, can easily create a dangerous condition.


Inspecting Regulator Hoses For Wear

Sometimes divers forget that water brings an additional complication to an accident.  On land, the majority of vehicle crashes usually result in no injuries or minor scrapes and bruises, but whatever effects the crash caused will not worsen once the vehicle’s motion has stopped.  The vehicle occupants are now at the safest point of the crash and the danger is over. In the water when you encounter an accident or equipment failure, the problems are just beginning, as water brings additional challenges to the situation namely, the difficulty, or even inability to breath, will usually devolve into panic.  Furthermore, the problem is amplified by depth.  The limited cylinder capacity combined with an anxious diver’s air consumption quickly begin working against the diver.  We’ve all read or seen vacations turn into tragedy for multiple reasons, including “gear failure”.  Let’s remove the “gear failure” factor out of the equation by preparing for the dive season and ensuring the proper working condition of our dive gear.  Be a safe diver for yourself as well as your dive buddy.

The 2017, ADA Scuba Dive season is quickly approaching and it’s time to give some TLC to our dive gear, which more than likely has been stored in some out-of-sight area of the house.  Dive gear is meant to be wet.  When the gear sits for some time without use, parts can deteriorate and require replacement.  The deterioration can be accelerated by the location where the gear is stored.  Excessive heat can damage hoses, dry out o-rings, wetsuits, and regulator internal parts.  At a minimum, cylinders require annual visual inspections, regulators and octopus need annual service, BCDs needs bladder inspection, and the BCD inflator requires a function test.  Don’t neglect to check your mask skirts and straps.  Lights and computers need the batteries checked and replaced as needed.

Last, but not least, come join us at the 6th annual ADA Scuba Skills Tune-up at the AD Barnes Park Pool on May 13, 2017.  Refresh your dive skills and water test your equipment. While there, get different ideas in gear options and setup. ADA Safety Officers will be available to answer your questions and concerns.

Have a safe and pleasant 2017, ADA Dive Season

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Diving in the Maldives

-by Dr. Dan Baeza

Editor’s Note: This article is LONG. I might have gotten just a teeny bit carried away. So, if you don’t want to read the whole text, here is the abbreviated version:

Diving in the Maldives was COOL!  We saw mantas, turtles, octopi, sharks, and a whole bunch of other fish. The boat was comfortable, the food good and plentiful, and the divemasters knowledgeable. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

As is often the case, we started out planning one trip and ended doing two. My wife and I often travel with two other couples. Each couple consists of a diver and a non-diving significant other, so a “dive only” trip is not practical. So, last year we began planning a trip to India, which quickly morphed into a 15-day cruise from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, to Singapore, a journey of some 5,000 miles. As the planning started to coalesce, it occurred to us that the Maldives, a world-class dive destination, is relatively close by. By “close by”, I mean a mere 2,300 miles from Singapore.

After scoping out the best liveaboard deals available from the DEMA (Diving Equipment Manufacturing Association) trade show, we chose to go with Explorer Ventures and the newly built Carpe Novo (“Seize the New”). The Carpe Novo is a purpose-built 140 foot liveaboard with accommodations for 22 passengers in 12 cabins. After negotiating the price, we advertised the trip to the club. In all, ten divers made the journey to the Maldives for a seven-day sojourn.

On January 26, we completed the 15-day cruise from Abu Dhabi to Singapore and prepared for our trek to the Maldives. From Singapore, one of the richest nations in the world with a gross per capita income of over $61,000, we traveled to the Maldives, a poor island nation with an annual per capita income of less than $9,500.

We flew to the Maldives on January 27 and arrived at the Maldives international airport late in the evening. We were greeted by the hotel's taxi service driver and traveled to the hotel for our overnight stay. After the obligatory “Welcome” punch, we were checked into our rooms around midnight and go straight to bed.

The following morning, we were served breakfast on the beach, just outside our hotel. It was pretty good, considering we are in a Muslim country and they wouldn't serve bacon. We returned to the airport, where the Carpe Novo agent met us and took us to the Dhoni for transfer to the mother ship. The Dhoni is the multi-purpose dive boat we will use to travel to the various dive sites. It is 60 feet long and is the nicest dive boat I have ever had the pleasure to use.


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NASA Leader Speaks on Climate Change Models

March 9: Free RSMAS Sea Secrets Lecture

The popular Sea Secrets Lecture Series, which brings together the public with distinguished scientists and explorers on topics from coral reef health to climate change, continues its 2017 programming Thursday, March 9, with a presentation on Choosing our Climate Adventure by Dr. Gavin Schmidt (pictured at right), director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Dr. Schmidt will discuss how climate models can be used to determine the fingerprints of climate drivers.  He will speak at 6 p.m. at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key. A reception and networking will precede his presentation, at 5:30 p.m.

All lectures are free and open to the public, but with limited seating and refreshments, an RSVP is required. To make a reservation for the lecture, go to https://seasecrets3.eventbrite.com/

The series, popular with many divers and marine scientists, has been presented since 1998 by the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) and The Ocean Research and Education Foundation. The three remaining 2017 lectures, running through May 4, are presented in a format designed for the non-scientific community and provide insight and information about our planet.

Also on the 2017 Sea Secrets Lecture Series schedule are:


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Diving Has Changed My Life
--by John Davis

In the 1970s I saw the movie Jaws.  After seeing this haunting ( and largely inaccurate) portrayal of how dangerous the ocean is ( again false) I made a pact with myself to never jump into the ocean.

Growing up I always loved being on boats, but again never even contemplated going into it.  That was until I met my Master Scuba Diving Trainer Rachel who I married in 2011.  Through her incredible patience and love she was able to teach me how to scuba dive, and fall in love with the amazing world under the surface.  And, wow has my life changed!

I will just start with how I have seen parts of the world I have never been to.  I have been to Tobago, Costa Rica, Utila, Bonaire, Barbados, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Belize, Mexico, St. Thomas, and the Bahamas. And, this year will be diving in Grenada as well as an epic journey to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia! Since beginning my diving career in 2011 I have achieved my Open Water, Advanced Open Water, and Rescue Diver with aspirations to obtain Dive Master in the next couple of years.

Here are some of the things I have learned from diving:

  • Always have a backup. Life is unpredictable, and you must prepare for the unexpected.
  • Life is better when you do things with friends who have your back. ADA is an amazing social network full of those who would literally save your life is needed. We never dive alone, and should not go through life alone.
  • Go with the flow. If the currents of life change go with it.  Never swim against this current. It can be life threatening.
  • Enjoy the view. The slower you go as a diver the more you see. This is also true in life.
  • The best way to enjoy life is to jump in.  You will never know how amazing it is until you take the plunge.
  • Have a compass. A moral compass. If you know what is important to you then you will always find your way back to your path.

Diving has changed my life for the better.  Through the amazing group of people in ADA I call my friends, and my amazing and patient wife Rachel I am just beginning this journey to discover parts of the world and myself that I never knew were there.  So grateful I took the plunge!

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Motion SIckness? One Diver's Recipe for Avoidance

--by Lenora Bach

Seasickness, motion sickness, or Mal de Mar ruins dive trips. Everyone has a tolerance for some motion sickness, but not me. The first sign usually is a yawn, then paleness and a slight headache.  People often say “get in the water, you will feel better”.  But that doesn’t work.  I am a master of vomiting with or without a regulator!

CAUSES:  One theory is that the brain cannot resolve conflicting signals that it is receiving from the ears, eyes and body.  Technically, the “vestibular balance apparatus of the ears detects motion and stimulated by the repeated angular acceleration of the dive boat.” I would add smell to the equation since the first whiff of diesel fuel triggers a reaction in me. AVOID STINKY BOATS or situate yourself upwind from the exhaust.

PREVENTION:  I have found a system that works for me. I tweaked it last year and found myself in 5-6 feet waves feeling perfectly fine without drowsiness.

The night before the dive trip, take one Bonine chewable pill.

Bonine

Generic Name: meclizine (MEK li zeen)
Brand Name: Antivert, Bonine, D-Vert,  Dramamine Less Drowsy

In the morning upon waking, take one more Bonine chewable pill along with a little breakfast.

Drive to your destination and arrive early. Enough time to eat again before the trip. I usually bring a sandwich and some mangoes.

One hour before the trip, eat something substantial. I usually check in with the dive operator first, then sit down and eat while the briefing is going on.

Last, take a Triptone pill before getting on the boat.

Triptone

Generic Name: dimenhydrinate

As mentioned earlier, I situate myself away from the exhaust and have a good view of the horizon.

There are other non-pharmacological treatments for seasickness, but they are not as effective. There are some enthusiast of ginger and sea-bands, but I don’t find them effective. I find motivation and willpower are an important factor. After all, who wants to sit the second dive out and hear about all the great things they missed!

Bon Appetite.

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Diving with New Divers
--by Jerry Kosakowski

It was my pleasure having my son-in-law (Rob) get certified. My daughter Vicky has been certified for several years and we have made quite a few dives together. She always accuses me of pushing the envelope. Yes, I admit to that. But doesn’t she realize she’s a doctor because of that very behavior?

Well, a few days ago, Rob called me and asked me to lead him and Kelly, Vicky’s former college roommate, on a dive, along with Kelly’s husband Chris. I gladly accepted. I thought it would be an easy dive and they would want to go slow. My daughter couldn’t make the dive.

We went to the Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park (formerly known as John U. Lloyd Park), and started our dive parallel to Bathhouse 5. They wanted to go lobstering and that’s a great place for it. As it was well into the season, I thought we would be lucky if we even saw any lobsters. Upon arrival, I noted the conditions were questionable, high surf, heavy current, surge and low visibility. Without hesitation, they wanted to go in. I conducted a long surface swim past the jetty before we descended. We hit the ledge shortly thereafter and spied our first bug. Chris grabbed him up like he had been doing it his whole life. We swam into the current and spotted another. I dragged it out of the hole with just my hands. Then we hit a motherlode of five or six bugs in one spot. We got a few more before the rest scattered. All this time we were giving them to Kelly who opened the bag and closed it like a pro. Chris saw the biggest lobster ever, but it was also the smartest and got away.

We swam to shore, getting separated along the way (they were low on air and did a surface swim). We hit the exit exactly at the bathhouse. What luck? I mean skill. Once ashore, Kelly asked me if I wanted one of the bugs, but I declined. She insisted so finally I accepted. Now we had only been ashore about 10 minutes. Nevertheless, she said just take one out of the cooler. I reached in and she had already cleaned and placed the tails in ziplock bags. These new divers did not act anything like new divers. They behaved as if they were born to the ocean. It was a great time. The best part was seeing Kelly acting so confidently in the water. My image of her was as a high school person. She was confident then, and has only grown more so over the years. I hope we all dive with the club some day. In fact, I am sure we will.

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Moonwalking
-- by Lon Von Lintel

Recently, I saw a program on TV which featured a diver who appeared to be standing on a hard bottom, depth unknown.  But this was no ordinary dive.  Each time he exhaled, his bubbles fell to his feet and scattered like liquid mercury.  Impossible!  Trick photography?  No.  He was "standing" on the ceiling of a cave.  By adding air to his BCD he was able to invert himself and his additional buoyancy pinned him to  the ceiling.  Much like a toddler learning to walk, he made adjustments to his balance and was able to walk on the ceiling.  On November 8, 1975, Lee Wood and I demonstrated "Moonwalking" on the ceiling of the Blue Grotto to our Advanced Diver class.  It was dubbed Moonwalking by default, we did not know what else to call it.  It is   possible, with much practice, to leap, run, hop, and do flips.  Lee and I will demonstrate and teach moonwalking to those who join us for cavern dives on the ADA trip February 17 through 20 to Crystal River.  One of the suggested cavern dives will be to the Blue Grotto, near Williston Fl.  For more info, call Lon, at 305-251-4975.

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Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship Winner
--by Lenora Bach

CONGRATULATIONS, Juliana Bach ADA Teen Diver. Juliana Bach, was awarded a $1,000 Women Divers Hall of Fame 2017 scholarship to continue her dive training. The Award will be presented during the Beneath the Sea Scuba and Dive Travel Show in Secaucus, New Jersey March 24-26, 2017. Juliana plans to enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver and Nitrox certifications at Rainbow Reef this Spring. An additional award in the amount of $500 is to be used for Scuba Equipment. Mark your calendars for October, 2017 and look for the next scholarship opportunities at: beneaththesea.org

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The Honey Hole

--by Jerry Kosakowski

I hope you realize I am speaking about that special spot that lobsters hang out. If not, stop and focus. My daughter recently started to hunt for lobsters. Luckily she lives in a condo right on the beach in Hollywood. I previously dove there with my grandson a couple times and it wasn’t the most productive. There is no ledge close in from the beach.

However, there are large coral heads every so often. Usually there isn’t much there except the occasional stray bug. I found that unusual,l but gave it no thought and wrote off diving here for lobsters as a serious consideration.

That is, until after Hurricane Matthew and that three week period of heavy winds. After checking my usual spots there wasn’t much to be located and thought I would give it up for the year. As luck would have it, my son-in-law called. He told me he was diving in front of his condo and the lobsters were everywhere under the coral heads. I went out the next day to check it out. He was right and I returned with five bugs in a short period.

The next day I went out with my son-in law. As soon as we hit the spot he was over- excited and just went for the kill. Needless to say, we got a couple but most just took off in the attack. A couple of days later, my daughter called stating they were out and hit a spot with eight, but only got one. Here is my advice for lobstering success:

Patience is key! Look over the spot before doing anything. Identify the largest bug, because if they do run, at least you got the best. Try to tickle out the largest without disturbing the others. Once you bag it, return for the next largest and try to tickle it out. Repeat until you have them all. Yes, some will scatter, but it is that tickling them out SLOWLY that is the key. Hope this advice fills your bag.

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Don’t Be That Diver
--by Jerry Kosakowski

Are you possibly concerned it could be you? Certainly not moi. Well, let’s see......

  • Do you talk during the dive briefing?
  • Do you arrive late?
  • Do you push people out of the way to board?
  • Do you board without asking permission?
  • Do you place your gear all over the boat?
  • Do you throw up into the wind?
  • Do you photo bomb someone’s pictures?
  • Do you cut in line to climb out?
  • Do you exceed the time limit the captain has placed on the dive?
  • Do you pee in your wetsuit right above someone on the safety stop?
  • Do you crowd the person climbing out of the boat?
  • Do you ignore the captains’ advice about exceeding the distance from the boat?
  • Do you ignore the captains’ advice about starting your dive into the current?
  • Do you ignore the captains’ advice about depth limits?

If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, then, guess what....???

You ARE that diver.

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ADA T-Shirts For Sale

Show your pride in the best dive club anywhere! Sizes small, medium, large, xlarge, xxlarge. Some tank tops available also. All shirts are $10 each. CALL LON AT 305-251-4975 AND PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY!. Lon will deliver it to you on your next dive

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Have You 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 ActiveDiversInfo@gmail.com. You can also call Dan at 954-260-8225 and leave a message with your new contact information.

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ADA Guidelines and Policies

ADA RULES & REGULATIONS FOR ALL ADVANCED DIVES
(DEPTHS OVER 60’) ADA DIVERS MUST:

  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 gauge

IMPORTANT WEATHER INFORMATION

Before departing for the dive site, confirm weather conditions with Lon at (305) 251-4975 or 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

HOW TO MAKE DIVE RESERVATIONS

  1. Check this newsletter or the annual calendar for upcoming dives.
  2. Call Lon at (305) 251-4975 or via email at lon@diverlon.com to make a reservation. If via email, you will receive a notification whether space is available. Please do not leave requests on his answering machine, 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.

ADA GUIDELINES FOR COMPUTER ASSISTED DIVING

  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 buddyed 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 TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE

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.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE SAFETY OFFICERS’ COMMITTEE

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.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY FOR LOCAL DIVE TRIPS

Because of our contractual agreements with our service agents - dive shops and boat captains, we must notify them - usually seven days in advance - of the final number of spaces we are paying for. 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 next news article!)

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