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Updated Monday, February 12th, 2018

DIVER04.GIF (27036 bytes)Welcome from the Jacksonville Scubanauts Dive Club!

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February Meeting

Our Feburary meeting will be on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. Please note that our meeting place has changed from past years. The meetings are now at the Mediterrania Restaurant at 3877 Baymeadows Rd. They do have have a private room reserved for us that should suit us well. Socializing begins at 6:00pm with the actual meeting starting at 6:30pm. Visitors are always welcome!

The main program for this meeting will be the viewing, judging, and voting for the winners of our 2018 Annual Photo contest. To allow for the inclusion of pictures taken during the Christmas Party, submissions for the 2017 year contest were due in by the January meeting.

Submissions in this contest are divided into two categories: above water and underwater. Above water pictures must have been taken during a Scubanauts event or dive trip. Below water pictures are not subject to that limitation. Click here to view the complete Photo Contest Rules.

Since our club's main out-of-country dive trip this year was again to CoCoView Resort in Roatan, Honduras, this year's contest entries should again be well worth seeing! Over half of the 16 divers we took this year were underwater photographers. Past history says they'll have some awesome photos for us. We had another club member show us one of her best pictures and it is truly something that is not only technically good, but shows an onging action that no one could ever reproduce. It's that unique!

Nica is organizing a return to shark-tooth hunting off of Venice, FL. It's scheduled for May 5th and 6th. A $50 deposit will be due by the March meeting with the balance due at the April meeting.

Our July 2018 Roatan trip is coming soon. This is the first time in awhile we've gone there two years in a row. But it's feeling like home and the photographers on the trip are chomping at the bit to get back.

Plans continue for our big 2019 Wakatobi Trip. Please see Vicky Tyde. She will be putting together some dates for us and will have a “interested” private group meeting in the upcoming months.

We do need a couple of smaller trips throughout the 2018 spring, summer, and fall months.

Some suggestions we've been kicking around:

  • West Palm Beach—easy to get to and there is always a Blue Heron Bridge
  • Pompano beach
  • Keys with Florida Keys Dive Center?
  • Kayaking trip

Please consider running a club trip; it is fun diving with your friends! Be thinking about what trip destinations you'd like to see in the coming year. At our last meeting, members had tentatively volunteered to organize trips to Palm Beach and the northern Florida Keys, but it is too early for anything specific regarding those destinations.

See the Activities Page for information on all Scubanauts activities! Don't let the best of club diving pass you by!

Our Photo Gallery has portfolios from members as well as photos from our contests and parties. We're still looking for more material for the Photo Gallery. Check out the submissions so far! Members, send in some for your own page.

There are still some Scubanauts logo shirts and caps left from our last order. So if you didn't get want you wanted, check with Scott to see what stock remains.

The coveted Golden Copralite award is being held by Bob Riddle. Please pass word of any future discretion to Bob so he can help others experience the pleasure of this award.

Off-Shore Jax dive reports are still few and far between. The few we've seen reported bad winter'style 'vis in the 10 to 15 ft. range with no temps given.

For our members who like to spearfish, there is important news. The group "Our Florida Reefs" is pushing very hard to near totally prohibit all spearfishing while on scuba. (The sole exception is to hunt lionfish). This proposal is very near being passed into formal regulation. So any members who have a strong opinion on this need to get involved very quickly and let your state representatives know how you feel. Click here to see a .PDF of their draft proposed regulation.

We've all been following the OCEARCH Great White Shark satellite radio tagging program which has been operating in the waters offshore Jax periodically for some time now. The Scubanauts were recently given a private tour of the OCEARCH research vessel here in Jacksonville.

If you want to follow one of the specific tagged sharks which has been in the local news recently, here is the procedure. This example is for following "Katherine", the large female that has been sighted multiple times recently by divers off the Florida Keys; including being video'd by a dive team off the wreck of the Duane offshore Key Largo. At this writing, her satellite tracker's last "ping" was near the edge of the Continental Shelf east of the border between North and South Carolina.

  To follow Katherine's - or any other tracked shark's - travels:

  • Open your web browser and point to the OCEARCH Global Tracker website
  • Enter the shark's name (“Katherine”) into the field titled “Sharks” in the filter box to the left
  • Click the blue “Update” button
  • View where Katherine is in realtime

Newcomers, come check our membership pages to find out more about joining the Scubanauts!

If you have any ideas for speakers, please let your officers know. We always need new ideas!

Missed the last meeting? See the minutes of last month's meeting.

For the most current Scubanauts event updates, please visit us at a membership meeting!

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

See the newsletter or click the Athens Café address link for directions!

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