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April 2016 Edition

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In This Issue:

ADA Archaelogical Dive Site:
Spanish Galleon El Infante

Spanish GalleonThe El Infante, along with several others, was sailing from Cuba to Spain in 1733, when a monster storm sank El Infante and most of the fleet of 17 ships. She broke apart south of Little Conch Reef, near Tavernier, Florida. Gold bullion, 186 boxes of silver coins, 60 cannons, and many other valuables were strewn across the reef. More than 6 million pesos were salvaged, but it is believed most were never found. Much of the wreck is still visible, including cannons, keel, timbers, ballast.

The Active Divers Association, under the direction of the Florida Public Archaeological Network, will explore, map, and photograph this fascinating historical wreck September 9, 10 AND 11, 2016.

Check the monthly ADA Newsletter and enews in coming weeks for more information.

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Hatchlings!

--by John Davis

On August 11, 2015 I was witness to an amazing event. At the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton they conducted a Turtle Hatchling Release.

During turtle hatching season which runs from May 15- October 31 each year along the east coast of Florida, there are hundreds of turtles that make their way onto the beach to lay their eggs. When the mother comes ashore to lay her eggs, many of the eggs simply do not hatch, or the baby turtle hatchlings are not able to find their way out of the nest for various reasons. Some of the turtles are too weak to escape the nest, or they are confused by the lights around them and don't know which direction to go to the ocean.

This is where Gumbo Limbo comes to help! Every day during hatching season there are volunteers who make it their duty to find these hatchlings that did not make it out of the nest and to the ocean for some reason. These wonderful volunteers gently pick up the eggs or baby hatchlings, place them in buckets, and take them to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. The hatchling release program insures that these baby turtles will find their way to the ocean.

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Top 10 Reasons to Do a Scuba Refresher Course -

Number 6 Will Surprise You!

--by Rachel Davis

Dive season is right around the corner so it's time to start thinking about servicing your equipment, getting your tanks inspected, and more importantly, taking a scuba skills refresher course.

Click on the button below to see  our Top 10 Reasons:

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ADA Cayman Brac Dive Trip Update -

One Space Still Available! July 9-16, 2016

--by Daryl Johnson

We still have one opening for a male diver to share a room on this fabulous trip to Cayman Brac. Also, I have one lady diver looking for a female roommate to share a room, and at this time additional rooms are available but that could change as we get closer to the trip date. So, if you are interested in this trip, act quickly by emailing me (Daryl Johnson) at diverdaryl@bellsouth.net. You can read the full story on the trip in the January Newsletter or read the recap below:

7 nights Beach Room, breakfast, lunch, dinner daily, welcome Rum punch, manager's cocktail reception, hotel tax and service charges, round trip airport transfers. 6 days of 2-tank morning boat dives. Use of tanks, weights, belt and dive computer. No diving the afternoon prior to departure.

There is a non-stop flight from Miami with fares below $400 currently available (not included, you must book your own airfare) which makes this super easy to get to. Ten lucky divers can join us for $1465 per person, double occupancy (single supplement is an additional charge). Just go to http://activedivers.org/CaymanBrac2016.html and follow the instructions to put your deposit of $100 down now, with the final balance due April 15th, 2016 (check only for final payment).

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Divers Alert Network

--by Mo Smith

DAN is the leading research program regarding diving injuries. The organization has been documenting and recording diving incidents, as well as taking leadership roles in prevention and treatment for diving mishaps. DAN offers over 230,000 members medical emergency assistance as well as various types of insurance.

DAN’s complete services and membership application can be viewed in detail on DAN’s online web site (diversalertnetwork.org).

DAN offers six types of memberships (Individual, Family, Industry Partner, Pro, and Student). This article will only focus on three memberships: Individual $35, Family $55, and Student $0 per year. The memberships travel assistance services become effective when the member is at least 50 miles from their residence.

The DAN membership benefits for the three programs mentioned include:

  • Travel Assistance – evacuation assistance coverage. • Alert Divers Magazine Subscription – Quarterly issue magazine
  • Dan Dive and Travel Medical Guide – Diving safety and health issues
  • Access to Worldcue Resource Planner – Travel resource planner
  • Online Seminars – learning about diving and dive medicine from home. “

Please Note: DAN's  $35 membership does not cover the cost of any medical treatment.


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2nd Annual ADA Dive Cruise Update:
Six Cabins are already booked!!!
--by Daryl Johnson

The trip departs on November 13, 2016 on the Caribbean Princess for six nights and seven days and goes to Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel, all of which are world class dive locations. Princess is now offering a special where only $100 deposit per person is required. Double occupancy prices vary according to cabin from as low as $599 per person for an interior cabin to $849 for a balcony (on sale as of this writing), not including the dive excursions which range from $119 to $200 (for a very special dive out of Belize to Turneffe Atoll - click here for a Miami Herald article about Belize), per diver, per day, including all equipment rentals.


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Basic Facts About Coral Reefs

--Reprinted From Defenders of Wildlife, http://www.defenders.org/coral-reef/basic-facts

Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, housing tens of thousands of marine species. About one-third of all marine fish species live part of their lives on coral reefs. And that explains why we dive the reefs.Coral Reef Near Key Largo

Reefs in the Florida Keys, for example, hold at least 45 species of stony coral, 37 species of octocoral, five species of sea  turtles, 500 species of fish, about 1,700 species of mollusks and hundreds of species of sponges. In addition to their incredible value as wildlife habitat, coral reefs protect coastlines from storms and provide billions of dollars of food and jobs every year to people around the world.  Well that certainly is interesting. A lot I didn’t know about the Keys. I knew they had a lot of different fish but not that many. For more information about deep-water corals, go to http://ocean.si.edu/deep-sea-corals.


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Ice Diving Certification—Cool or Kooky?
--by Roy D. Wasson

Now that winter is over and our ADA dive season is approaching, some of us spoiled Floridians are thinking about how chilly those first few dives are going to be with water temperatures in the low seventies. If you went diving during the last few months you are probably proud about being a “hard core” diver. However, the real personification of hard core is the certified “Ice Diver.” Several dive certifying agencies, including PADI, offer courses to keep you in the water year-round, with exotic destinations in the Arctic Circle such as the White Sea in Northern Russia where the sea ice is guaranteed several months out of the year and conditions are ideal for exploring the frozen aquatic world.


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Refunds Issued

By now you should have received your refund from 2015 for cancelled dives, if one was due. If you think you received the wrong amount, or you were owed one and did not receive it, you should feel free to contact Lon at 305-251-4975. Lon has all the information on the dives you made and whether any refund is due.

Jerry Kosakowski -- Treasurer

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Helicoprion

I know this shark looks like the product of a bad Photoshop job, but according to researchers, this is how Helicoprion actually looked. Freaky, right? Just be thankful that you weren't one of the poor fish that wandered too close to that jaw.

Information and illustration from Viralnova.

--Jerry Kosakowski

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Regulator Tune-up

--by Dr. Dan Baeza

Regulator Operation

The beginning of the summer dive season is just around the corner. For the past several months, your regulator has probably been languishing in the back of a hall closet or on a shelf, gathering dust. It’s time to check it out and/or complete the annual servicing at your local dive shop. But first, let’s understand the inner workings of this most important piece of equipment.

Your regulator performs an extremely vital service, that of taking your varying tank pressure, and delivering air on demand, at a pressure consistent with the ambient surroundings. Your scuba tank is usually filled to 3,000 psi (pounds per square inch). That pressure is too great to breathe air directly from the tank, so the regulator drops the air


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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 dmbaeza@bellsouth.net. You can also call Dan at 954-260-8225 and leave a message with your new contact information.

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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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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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