September meeting will be on Wednesday, September 14th. Our
meetings are always the second Wednesday of each month with
starting at 6:00 pm and the actual meeting beginng
at 6:30 pm. The meetings are at Athen's
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
We do not yet have the program finalized for September's
meeting. Hopefully it will be as good as the August Meeting's
speaker; who was the director
at Panama City Beach. He is also the author of "Middle
Waters" a diving techno thriller novel. If you
haven't read it, it's pretty good.
(A continuing vote of thanks is due to Nadine, who is
doing a wonderful job in finding us new and interesting
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
Vice President -
- Secretary - Peggy
Treasurer - Vicky
Don't forget that
Vicky Tyde is running the May 21st and 22nd West Palm Beach
dive trip. Please see her for details. The hotel is the
Super 89 in North Palm Beach—runs
about $67 per night.
The Scubanauts have used that hotel many times before.
It's always been well run and is an awesome value for
that part of Florida.
Peggy Barnes has a kayak trip coming up on June 11th. See
the flyer at the meeting for details.
There is limited space available.
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.
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.
reports that at its April 13 meeting in Jupiter, Florida
the Florida Fish
Conservation Commission (FWC) approved
a two-part lionfish plan to further encourage removals of
the invasive species in 2016.
Lionfish have a potential negative impact on native wildlife
and habitat and the FWC encourages divers and anglers to
remove them from Florida waters whenever they can. The two-part
initiative will include a statewide reward program that will
expand upon 2015 efforts and a Panhandle Pilot Program.
To qualify in the statewide program, participants must remove
50 or more lionfish between Lionfish Removal and Awareness
Day (May 14, 2016) and the end of September.
will receive a commemorative coin to mark their membership
- An event T-shirt
- Be featured
in the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame on the MyFWC.com website
- Be entered
in drawings to win prizes including fishing licenses,
harvesting equipment, fuel cards and dive tank refills;
- And, if
qualified before the relevant fishing seasons
start, they will have
the opportunity to take an additional spiny
lobster per day during the 2016 mini-season (July 27-28).
allowing the opportunity to harvest an additional bag
limit per day of bay scallops during Labor Day weekend
3-5, 2016), where population can support harvest.
Qualifying lionfish must be counted via an FWC approved
process such as a sponsored tournament or a check-in location.
information on all Scubanauts activities! Don't
let the best of club diving pass you by!
Photo Gallery has portfolios from members as
well as photos from our contests and parties. We're still
for more material for the Photo
out the submissions so far! Members, send
in some for your own page.
are still some Scubanauts logo shirts and caps
left from our last order. So if you didn't get want you
with Scott to see what stock remains.
Golden Copralite award is being held by Vicky Tyde.
pass word of any future discretion to Vicky so
she can help others experience the pleasure of
Jax dive reports still speak of visibility in the
40' to 50' range at 85+ feet to 110 feet. There
reports of a thermocline at depths near 40' with
temps around 84 degrees on the surface but in the
low 70's below the thermocline on the bottom..
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.
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
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
her satellite tracker's last "ping" was
near the edge of the Continental Shelf east of the border
between North and South Carolina.
follow Katherine's - or any other tracked
shark's - travels: