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Updated Monday, September 12th, 2016

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

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September Meeting

Our September meeting will be on Wednesday, September 14th. Our meetings are always the second Wednesday of each month with socializing starting at 6:00 pm and the actual meeting beginng at 6:30 pm. The meetings are at Athen's Café Greek Restaurant at 6271 St. Augustine Road. They have a private room reserved for us that has accommodated us nicely. Socializing begins at 6:00pm with the meeting starting at 6:30). Visitors are always welcome!

We have another great speaker for Wednesday night's meeting.. Our featured speaker is Chuck Meide from LAMP (ST. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maratime Program). Chuck came to LAMP in March 2006 and is the acting director. He has worked on archaeological projects all over the world. He is currently completing his PhD through the College of William and Mary. He is also an active NAUI scuba instructor!

(A continuing vote of thanks is due to Nadine, who is doing a wonderful job in finding us new and interesting speakers and topics!)

We also look forward to dive reports from our club trip to Pompano, FL. this past weekend. There were a few complaints that the dive operation put too many divers on one boat, but everyone seems to have enjoyed the actual diving. The new 326 ft. long casino-themed wreck "Lady Luck", which was recently sunk offshore Pompano Beach on July 26th, had some entertaining things to see!

Annual dues for Scubanauts membership are due so please pay Vicky at the meeting and don't forget to bring a few dollars for the 50/50 raffle! You may go home with half the proceeds!

This year's Scubanauts Board of Officers was elected at our May meeting.. Here are the new board members:

  • President - Rob Hagen
  • Vice President - Nadine Norton
  • Secretary - Peggy Barnes
  • Treasurer - Vicky Tyde

 At this month's meeting we'll continue to discuss our next return dive trip to CoCoView Resort in Roatan, Honduras. If you're interested in this popular destination, there are a few slots left. Non-refundable deposits of $50 are due by January's meeting. But it will probably be full long before then. (One year it completely filled in two hours). Some years Nica has later been able to ad a few more slots late, but there are no guarantees.

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 Vicky Tyde. Please pass word of any future discretion to Vicky so she can help others experience the pleasure of this award.

Off-Shore Jax dive reports still speak of visibility in the 40' to 50' range at 70+ feet to 110 feet. Temps are still around 84 degrees on the surface but there is still a sharp thermocline at depths near 40' with temps in the low 70's below the thermocline to the bottom..

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 Great White Shark satellite radio tagging program which has been operating in the waters offshore Jax periodically for some time now. If you want to follow one of the specific 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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