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Updated Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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

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October Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 11th. 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!

Our speaker will be Lisa Rhinaman from the St. Johnís RiverKeeper organization.

Hopefully everyone's life is getting back to normal after the recent storms.

Deposits are due now for our 2018 Roatan trip. Deposits are $50 per person and refundable thru February's meeting.

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.

We have seen only a few recent Off-Shore Jax dive reports. After all the recent storms, visibility offshore is said to be still below normal.

Stranger, though, was one report that the 'vis is varying greatly even on a single dive: from completely blacked out in one 20ft depth range to 20 ft. 'vis at another and then 60 ft. at another. Sounds like one heck of a strange stratification. That same report concluded saying that there was a new silt layer on the bottom that was very unstable: one touch of the bottom and it silted out instantly "like a hand-grenade".

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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