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November 2016 Edition

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In This Issue:

Highlights From the Annual ADA BBQ

--by Jerry Kosakowski

Thirty members met on October 8, 2016 at  Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park (formerly known as John U. Lloyd Beach State Park) in the Jetty Pavilion,, for our annual BBQ, gear swap, and raffle. This was right after Hurricane Matthew hit the area and, to my amazement, there was not the anticipated beach erosion, and the damage was much less than expected. However, not to my amazement, the visibility of the water was poor and stilted badly. Dives were made and lobster caught but it was no highlight dive. It was more of an exercise in dive navigation. I dove with my son-in-law and grandson. The grandson got separated from us, even though we were only five feet apart. We followed protocol and all gathered at the surface and continued our navigation dive. We could barely see our hands in front of us, so we surfaced and swam back to shore.


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The Eagle

--by Mo SMith

The Eagle formerly named the Aron K spent her career carrying scrap paper between Miami and South America until a fire at sea destroyed its interior.  In 1985, she was docked at a shipping terminal at the Miami River. The vessel caught the attention of Curtis Kruer, then President of the Florida Keys Artificial reef Association, and Ken Wright of Lady Cyana Divers who were searching for a ship to serve as the Upper keys first major artificial reef.  Within a few months their combined efforts with the assistance of the Eagle Tire Company and Joe Teitelbaum, a private citizen who donated $20,000, raised the $50,000 needed to purchase, tow, and sink the ship.  After an extensive preparation and ensuring a safe environment for divers, she was towed to her resting place with her new name the “Eagle” in honor of the Eagle Tire Company.  On December 19, 1985, the Metro Dade Police Department Bomb Squad Unit initiated multiple explosive charges within the hull, sinking the “Eagle” to her 110-foot depth landing on her starboard side (GPS / 24 52.180N 80 34.210W).  The Eagle instantly created a 287-foot artificial reef enjoyed by thousands of yearly visiting divers. The Eagle had remained generally intact until 1998 Her position was adjusted by the winds and waves of Hurricane George, eventually breaking the ship in half.


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Phil Foster Park

--by Jerry Kosakowski

I bet you are wondering where the heck this is. Well, if you ever dived one of the premier dive sites in Florida (all the scuba magazines have written articles about it, so have I) you would know where this is. It is the home of the Blue Heron bridge dive site or better said dive sites.

It is located in Riviera Beach and you exit I95 at Blue Heron . Go east until you cross the intercostals and the park is right there. The best or should I say, one of the two best things are the proximity of parking to the beach dive site. Sometimes, if you get the right parking spot, the distance is 15 only feet. That should not tire you out. Diving the artificial reef so close to shore, will not either. But if you enter the channel and get caught in the current, better be ready for a workout. That tide is ripping. At times, you will have to crawl on the bottom.

The second-best thing about this location is that you can dive it when the ocean is too rough. It is inside the barrier reef so it is always calm. Rachael Davis does her training there just for this reason. It is also ultra-safe for novice divers. Bring those new young scuba divers to this location, for it has lifeguards also. On the other hand, with those guards on duty, you had better be following all the rules. Number one is to display a dive flag. I asked them about this and they sometimes write up 15 people a day. Wow!

After the dive, picnic tables and bathrooms are available for public use, which makes it great for a relaxing après dive interlude. So, go enjoy one of Florida’s premier dive locations: Phil Foster Park. If some of your group doesn’t scuba, have them bring their fishing gear, as there is a fishing pier also. All in all, it’s the complete package.

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Orientation to Underwater Archaeology for Sport Divers - Part 1
--by Juliana and Lenora Bach
Photos by Rachel Davis

On the weekend of September 9-11 several ADA divers met with the Coordinating Center of the University of West Florida.  This was a collaboration of two very special programs:

  • The Florida Public Archaeology Network , FPAN,  and the
  • Submerged Sites Education and Archaelogical Stewardship (SSEAS).  SSEAS  is a program developed in the United Kingdom and is in the process of being adopted by NOAA.

Our Board Member, John Davis coordinated the program.  He has a personal interest in underwater archaeology and the educational aspect fits in perfectly with ADA’s mission.  Two new members, Dennis and Jason Fiehler came all the way from St. Louis, MO for the course. Also, in attendance was Lon Von Lintel, Lee Woods, Connie Crowther, Janet Talbot, Rachel and John Davis, Lenora and Juliana Bach.   We met at the home of Board member, Lee Wood, and his wife Rosy for a 2 hour educational seminar.

The Underwater Archaeology and Marine Heritage Awareness  presentation covered several topics including shipwrecks, ship construction, maritime artifacts and laws protecting submerged cultural resources.

The second classroom session on Saturday focused on observation, surveying and recording.  First, we learned how to place a base line on a shipwreck and how to survey and measure the site.

We were give a tape measure with both inches and tenth of inches, slate, pencil and Mylar waterproof paper all designed to go underwater. We learned several mapping methods such as finding the baseline, datum points, and triangulation. All of this was done on dry land in Lee Wood’s garage and followed by a simulated ocean dive at Jacob’s Aquatic Center in Tavernier. PVC was scattered on the bottom of the pool to look like a shipwreck along with objects resembling ballast.

Finally, the third classroom session covered the actual site we were to visit on Sunday. The El Infante was part of the Spanish Galleon Expedition of 1733.  Most of the fleet was lost that year in the Florida Straits.  These were “plata” ships; meaning they were carrying silver back to the Spanish Empire.  El Infante wrecked on the reef just off Tavernier.  Today, there are visible timbers and ballast stones remaining. We were excited to participate and help the FPAN divers survey the site since it was last done in 2004.

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It's Time To Renew For Discounted Rates

--by Dr. Dan Baeza

The clock is counting down and we are nearing the last chance to renew at a reduced rate. Renew before March 31, 2017 and your membership fee 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 by check or online. 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

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Dive Gear I Want to See Invented
-- by Roy D. Wasson

With all the advances in automotive technology in recent years—from back-up cameras, to all-electric cars in both luxury and economical models, to driverless cars that can navigate entire trips without driver input, it occurred to me that it might not be long until we see a truly amphibious automobile that can handle both city streets and aquatic travel.  Wouldn’t it be great if drivers could traverse river crossings without bridges and operate like submarines in the open water?  The idea got me started researching whether inventors have made any progress toward such a passenger vehicle.  I was surprised to learn that my imaginary invention already has progressed from beyond the drawing board to an operating prototype that has been driving both on land and under water for more than eight years.  It is called the sQuba and was designed and built by the Rinspeed company, founded by Frank Rinderknecht.

Inspired by the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, which featured a modified Lotus Espirit that operated both on land and undersea, Mr. Rinderknecht used the chassis from a Lotus Elise to serve as the base for the sCuba.  Three zero-emission electric motors power the machine, one of which drives the wheels on dry land and two for underwater travel: powering twin props augmented by Seabob water jets.  Those electric motors use rechargeable lithion-ion batteries.  It is a two-seater (get this) convertible that has no watertight passenger compartment.  That’s right, the sQuba floods the interior when submerged, requiring the driver and passenger to put on their masks and breathe through regulators when underwater.


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The Delayed Surface Marker Buoy
-- by Lon Von Lintel

The Delayed Surface Marker Buoy or DSMB is usually used near the end of the dive to indicate to the boat the location of the divers and that they are ascending. Some divers deploy it while making a safety stop. The DSMB consists of an inflatable tube and an attached line.  There are at least three different types to consider.  Open-ended tubes require divers to inflate orally or by purging the octopus into the open end. Sealed tubes are inflated either by the low-


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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 doing that herself?

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.


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Congrats!

Congratulations to Gerry Callis for earning his PADI Advanced Open Water and Nitrox certifications!

Nitrox is such a gas!

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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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Beaver-Inspired Wetsuits in the Works
--by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Officea

Beavers and sea otters lack the thick layer of blubber that insulates walruses and whales. And yet these small, semiaquatic mammals can keep warm and even dry while diving, by trapping warm pockets of air in dense layers of fur.

Inspired by these fuzzy swimmers, MIT engineers have now fabricated fur-like, rubbery pelts and used them to identify a mechanism by which air is trapped between individual hairs when the pelts are plunged into liquid.

The results, published in the journal Physical Review Fluids, provide a detailed mechanical understanding for how mammals such as beavers insulate themselves while diving underwater. The findings may also serve as a guide for designing bioinspired materials — most notably, warm, furry wetsuits.

Click here to see the entire article at ECN Magazine.

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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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