from the Jacksonville Scubanauts Dive Club!
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meeting will be on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. Please
note that our
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.
at 6:00pm with the actual meeting starting at 6:30pm.
Visitors are always welcome!
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.
this contest are divided into two categories: above water
and underwater. Above water pictures must have
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
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.
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
We do need a couple
of smaller trips throughout the 2018 spring, summer,
and fall months.
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
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.
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 Bob Riddle.
Please pass word of any future discretion to Bob
he can help others experience the pleasure of
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.
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 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.
follow Katherine's - or any other tracked
shark's - travels:
If you want to follow
one of the specific tagged sharks which has been in the
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
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.
- Open your
web browser and point to the OCEARCH Global Tracker website
the shark's name (“Katherine”) into
the field titled “Sharks” in
the filter box to the left
- Click the blue “Update” button
where Katherine is in realtime
Newcomers, come check
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.