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October 2015 Edition

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In This Issue:

FREE BBQ, FREE DIVE !! PRIZES

When: Saturday, Oct 10, 2015

Who?: ADA members, prospective members, family and friends.

Where: 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 Jerry at 954-990-9534 to sign up, deadline October 7th for RSVP. For beach diving, bring all your own gear and a dive flag if you have one. Bring lobster gear as this is a good lobster spot. The reef is about 100 yards off shore. The pavilion has covered shelter, very nice bathroom, showers, and changing room. We will have the BBQ and raffle, rain or shine, unless a hurricane threatens. 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. 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

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ADA Dive Cruise Update

--by Daryl Johnson

In less than two months the first annual ADA dive cruise will depart from Port Everglades!!! The ADA group has 9 cabins on the Emerald Princess so this actually could be the largest international dive trip ADA has ever booked. For those that are on the cruise, our Cruise Planner, Karin Bradder( 800-901-1172, extension 41643) has assured me that all of the divers have been booked on the two tank certified scuba dive in Grand Cayman, Roatan and Cozumel. I do urge all those booked to go online to www.Princess.com and go to “My Princess”, “Cruise Personalizer”, “Excursion Reservations” and check to make sure that you have the appropriate excursions reserved. And of course, the non-divers have excursion options to choose as well!

For those of you who have not been on a cruise ship before or never sailed on Princess Cruise lines, here are a few pointers:

  1. You must have a passport to check in.
  2. You need to go online and print out your luggage tags and your boarding pass.
  3. Boarding is from 12:30 to 3:00 PM with a 4:00 PM departure. If you get on early the lunch buffet is open so you start over eating right away! If you are late, well you are in trouble.
  4. There are two “formal nights” but you can stay in “smart casual” all week if you want- the fashion police will not haul you off. If you want to eat in the Horizon Court buffet no special dress is recommended so you can pretty much decide how casual or dressy you want to be.
  5. Parking is available at either Park ‘N Fly or Park and Go at reduced rates versus the cruise terminal parking and they drop you off right where you need to go- highly recommended!
  6. You will get tickets to your excursions in your cabin- be sure and look them over to make sure they are right, and be sure and follow the instructions on when and where to meet
  7. DON'T FORGET YOUR C-CARD!.
  8. And finally, Princess allows each passenger to bring one 750 ML bottle of wine on board for consumption in your cabin with no corkage charge. You need to bring it in your carry-on baggage and they will x-ray it and direct you to an area where you can declare it for no charge.

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Scuba History

--by Jerry Kosakowski

The history of scuba diving is very well documented as far back as 1535. Jacques Cousteau was quoted as saying “It will happen my friends, surgery will affix a set of artificial gills to man’s circulatory system–right here at the neck–which will permit him to breathe oxygen from the water like a fish. Then the lungs will be by-passed and he will be able to live and breathe in any depth for any amount of time without harm. It will happen, I promise you.”

It appears as if Jacques Cousteau’s vision came true with the development of scuba diving. Actually, scuba diving or the idea of diving has been around for quite some time. In the 1500’s Leonardo Da Vinci designed the first known scuba diving apparatus. His drawings of a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus appears in his Codex Atlanticus. There is no record of Da Vinci ever following through with his design though.

You can go back even further into this history of scuba diving. Aristotle discussed the possibility of developing what eventually came to be known as a diving bell. A diving bell was a cable-suspended airtight chamber. It looked much like its name sake “the bell”. As the bell was lowered under the water the pressure of the water would keep the air trapped inside the bell. Hoses fed down from the surface would send in compressed gases. His not only allowed the person to breathe but compensated for the gases that were being released from the bottom of the bell. Without this compressed gas, the bell would partially fill with water. The diving bell was one of the earliest inventions for under water exploration. Around 1531, an Italian explorer Guglielmo de Loreno developed the first true diving bell which he used for exploring sunken ships.


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Master Scuba Diver vs Divemaster: What's the Difference?
--by Rachel Davis, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

After you complete your Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver certification, what's next? That depends on your goals: recreational diver vs professional. Master Scuba Diver is the terminal certification for the recreational diver. According to PADI, less than 2% of non-professional divers hold this rating. It represents accomplishment of significant experience and training.

How do you become a Master Scuba Diver? It consists of five specialty courses from the adventures in diving program such as night, deep, navigation, drift, fish ID, etc.  The courses can be completed in 1 to 3 dives depending on the specialty. The training is experiential and no test is required.

The Divemaster rating, on the other hand, is the first professional rating in the PADI system and leads to Open Water Scuba Diver and beyond. The training consists primarily of mastering 24 demonstration skills taught in the open water diver course. The Divemaster must also possess rescue skills and pass a rigorous water skills fitness evaluation. The Divemaster candidate must have 60 logged dives and pass a written exam. Divemasters work assisting instructors and on dive boats as mates. Many go on to become diving instructors, as the rating of Divemaster is the prerequisite for Instructor in the PADI system.

Whether you choose the recreational or professional track for advanced dive training, it's important to keep learning and training of sharpen skills and stay safe in the water.

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Tips to Dive Wrecks Safely
--by John and Rachel Davis

Safe Descents:

  • Wear gloves to protect your hands from barnacles, and fishhooks
  • Hold on tightly to the rope because you might encounter unexpected current at any depth.
  • Pull yourself along the line to save air.
  • Don't free descend, even if there's no current at the surface. There could be current deeper down.
Orienting on the wreck:
  • If possible study a map of the wreck and know which line you're coming down on.
  • Make a visual note of characteristic landmarks to remember which line you came down on.
  • Know where you are in relation to the bow and stern.
  • In case of buddy separation, reunite at the ascent line

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Epic Night Dive Goliath Grouper Encounter Off Small Hope Bay, Andros
--by Connie Crowther

The beams of our lights emitted a greenish glow as we five divers sank beneath the surface of the black night waters off Small Hope Bay, North Andros, Bahamas. The undersea terrain was easily discernible in the bright glow of our collective lights as we descended along the anchor line of our dive boat to the wreck of the Marion 50-70 feet below. The U.S. Navy construction barge and crane from the AUTEC base in Andros was sunk as an artificial reef in the late 1980s.

My buddy Jim Naro and I soon separated from the other divers and made our way into the inverted wreck, adjusting our buoyancy to prevent silting. We had done a day dive on the same wreck and had observed that one entire section of the barge had collapsed and could not be exited. At the end of the corridor, Jim abruptly halted and turned to me, his eyes wide as saucers, and motioned with his light. Nestled behind the metal uprights of the wreck was the biggest fish I had seen so far, a 6-foot Goliath grouper whose weight we estimated to be 400+ pounds. Its eye, bigger than a baseball, followed us as we moved carefully along the passage, just 3-5 feet away. We watched its fins and gills gently moving. Although it would have been a thrill to watch the massive fish swim, we were glad that it didn’t move.

Laws of physics dictating that no two objects can occupy the same space at the same time flashed through my head. And we knew we had only one way out, behind us. We watched quietly in awe for much of our dive, then moved slowly away, marveling at what we had seen.

We were anxious to compare notes with the other divers when we got back on the boat and around the beach fire at the Small Hope Bay Lodge. As fate would have it, the other three divers explored only the outside of the wreck and had not even seen the beautiful giant grouper.

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Christmas Wish List for the New Diver
--by Dr. Dan Baeza

book So, you have a new diver in your life that you want to buy a gift he or she can use, but you don’t want to break the bank. What to do? Well, there are numerous opportunities to get the perfect gift beyond the big ticket items: regulators, buoyancy compensators, and the like. While most new divers have the basics, mask, fins, and snorkel, there is a world of trinkets and gadgets that can bring a diver much pleasure. For example, how about “Reef Fish Identification” by Paul Humann? It’s available in a water-resistant version for about $38 and includes thousands of photos and sketches of Caribbean reef fish.

If a book doesn’t strike your fancy, then how about giving your diver a wheeled dive bag? Scuba gear is great in the water, but not so much fun if you have to drag it 100 yards to the boat. A wheeled mesh gear bag is the perfect gift at less than $100.


 

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Delicious Salmon Almondine

--by Roy D. Wasson

This is a recipe for my favorite seafood dish at a neighborhood restaurant I visit no more than once or twice a day near my office.  The chef and the manager of La Loggia Ristorante in downtown Miami have shared the way they prepare Almond Salmon, which ADA members can now enjoy for a lot less than the $18 per serving La Loggia charges.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounce Filet of Fresh Salmon
  • Egg Beaters
  • Flour for coating
  • Slivered Almonds
  • 2 ounces White Wine
  • 2 ounces Butter
  • Juice from ½ Lemon

Coat salmon filet with flour.  Dip coated filet into egg beaters.  Press moistened filet into almonds.  Saute in olive oil using medium skillet for 3 minutes, almond side down.  Flip over and place, almond side up into baking pan.  Bake for 7 minutes at 350 degrees.

While baking prepare sauce using butter, white wine and lemon juice.  Drizzle sauce over cooked fish and enjoy!  Goes well with broccoli and cheese sauce.

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How To Pack Your Dive Bag
-- by Lon Von Lintel

Assuming you have a soft-sided, zippered, non-mesh bag to be used for boat diving in warm tropical waters, here are the steps to pack your bag to maximize protection for your gear:

Step 1: Fins on the bottom, as they are probably the most durable items you have, and can take some abuse.
Step 2: Skins, swim suit, shorty wet suit, booties, are next because they can cushion more fragile items.
Step 3: Mask, computers, dive lights, and any other items that need protection.
Step 4: Your regulator should go next, coiled so the hoses aren’t pinched or bent on a severe angle.
Step 5: BCD is last, because it is the first item to be used in assembly of your dive gear. Wetting the tank straps several minutes before attaching to tank will allow the straps to expand, as they will underwater, and preventing tank slippage.

It may not need to be said, but under no circumstances should weights be packed in your dive bag. If you use a weight belt, carry it separately. If your BCD has integrated weights, transport them in a small bag designed for that purpose.

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Checking for Air Leaks
--by Lon Von Lintel
  1. Assemble regulator onto tank valve.
  2. Turn on air.
  3. Observe pressure reading.
  4. Turn off air.
  5. Observe pressure reading.
  6. If pressure reading drops quickly, there is a serious leak.
  7. Reassemble regulator on tank, repeat process.
  8. If no cause is evident and no solution available, abort dive.

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Scuba Diving and Exercising
--by Jerry Kosakowski

The average person works off approximately 300 to 400 calories during a gym workout. My workouts may be a little less ambitious, probably 200 calories. I’m always amazed at how long I have to stay on the treadmill for those 200 calories, and the work involved is not easy. It just seems like work.Now what does a dive entail? It is believed to burn 10 to 15 calories during one minute of an average dive. Wow, what am I doing at the gym? I really do not enjoy the workout but I love diving. I guess that is why I love summer. Let’s put this in perspective. One hour of diving is going to burn 600 to 900 calories for a dive. A normal two tank boat dive will burn 1200 to 1800 calories. Hey, I can skip 6 to 9 trips to the gym or be a little aggressive and burn off that winter fat that will return next year. Better then that is the fact that I thoroughly enjoy every minute of the dive and lose weight while doing it. And this does not take into account lugging those tanks around from the house to the car to the boat and back, or swimming against the current, or diving off the beach for a real workout. Scuba: It's not just fun, it's a great workout!

Editor's note: Check out the scuba calorie counter at Scuba Calorie Calculator

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You Might be a Redneck Diver if...

  • The front of your wetsuit has a large number 3 on instead of Mares.
  • Instead of velcro on your BCD, you have a large metal buckle.
  • Your octopus you have a siphon hose.
  • Instead of lead weights, you have zip lock baggies filled with #2 shot.
  • You think Jacques Cousteau is an athletic supporter made in France.
  • There is a gun rack integrated on your BC.
  • You have fin marks on your living room carpet.
  • You use a tire gauge instead of an SPG.
  • Your dive knife is a Bowie knife.
  • Your two teeth won’t hold your regulator in very well.
  • Instead of a neoprene hood, you have a "John Deere" hat
--Excerpted from http://www.scubalessonsinc.com/funny.html

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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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Newsletter Delivery Options

Want your newsletter delivered via snail-mail? Contact Carol Cox at ccox911@att.net and request a printed copy. Be sure to put "ADA Newsletter" in the subject.

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ADA T-Shirts For Sale

Show your pride in the best dive club anywhere! Sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL. Some tank tops available also. All shirts are $10 each. CALL LON AT 305-251-4975 AND PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY!

Diving with Grandkids

--by Jerry Kosakowski

Ok, it isn’t going to appeal to all members but looking at our group, there will be enough. This is one of life’s pleasures. You pick them up, dive and take them home. In between is pure fun unless you are the nervous type and worry about them. So, first get them some great instruction. I’ve used Rachel Davis and have found her to be outstanding with the kids. She also covers extra material just for the kids. This will help you relax that they are good divers.


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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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