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November 2014 Edition

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If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Roatan

We had the good fortune to dive Deep Eel Reef and Green Outhouse Reef. Once again, the waters were alive with tropical, jacks, large lobster, and turtles. Visibility was 80 feet, the water clocked in a 84 degrees, and seas were calm.

Similar to the previous evening, we ate another gourmet meal onboard while the ship moved to its next port of call. It’s a good thing we were so active during the day, as otherwise we would have gained 15 pounds with all the rich and scrumptious food we consumed! That night we watched a first-run movie drive-in style on the Lido Deck during the ship’s Movies Under the Starsoffering.

The next morning, we docked in Cozumel, always a favorite. After the standard setup and dive waiver activity with dive operator from Dive House, we boated to Palancar Reef. As in the prior dives, visibility was excellent, seas were flat, and the water was warm. Drift diving in Cozumel is probably the easiest kind of diving we do, and this was no exception. We did wall dives on Cedar Reef and Yocab Reef and once again saw myriad tropical fish and turtles. I know it is beginning to sound redundant, but this is the kind of redundancy we as divers seek! Click on the photo to see a ten minute video Daryl Johnson shot with a mask-mounted GoPro Hero.

Some points to ponder: Even the best dive resorts tend to be a little rustic. Perhaps the air conditioning doesn’t work well in your room, or the food choices a little sparse. Not so on a cruise ship. In addition to great food, there’s clean and comfortable accommodations, first-run movies, and non-stop entertainment. While we only made two dives in each port across the 7 day cruise, for a total of six dives, I believe we saw the best each area had to offer. Normally, on a 7 day dive trip, there are two transportation days, and five diving days, for a total of 10 to 15 dives. However, the variety afforded by the cruise-dive concept allowed us to visit not one, but three world-class locations. With no days lost due to flying, this is an itinerary we can do over and over again!

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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 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 to make a reservation. 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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