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Updated Sunday, March 5th, 2017

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

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March Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 15th. Our meetings are always on 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!).

The program for this meeting will be given by Michelle, a representative for Wakatobi travel, and will be about the Wakatobi Resort in Indonesia; which will be tentatively be our destination for our large, out-of-country Scubanauts trip for 2018. (We usually plan one large / more expensive trip per year which is scheduled far enough in advance to give members time to save for the trip).

Wakatobi is a luxury dive resort; seen by some of our members as a "bucket list" type of trip. It claims 25-star amenities and pristine natural Pacific reef diving and offers luxury rooms, dining, and service; including full "valet" diving. Boat tenders will take you out to different parts of the "house" reef; which is 80 meters in front of the resorce. The boats will let you choose when and where on the reef you'd like to dive. They also offer taxi boats to the other reefs and attractions and have an associated liveaboard as well..

Although the details are not yet finalized, current estimates are a price for a week trip of around $5,000. Costs and dates will be firmed up soon.

The full balance for our 2017 trip to CocoView Resort in Roatan, Honduras are due at this March meeting. So those of you who haven't yet paid the full remaining balance yet please remember to bring your checkbooks!

Local divers are gearing up for the 5th Annual Northeast Florida Lionfish Blast hunting competition; running from April 20th to May 20th. According to the event's website, Prizes are not yet finalized. But but the sponsors are hoping to "maintain last year's prizes structure, paying out to the the Top Ten finishers, and a guaranteed $1000 first place prize We will also have 2 Tournament within Tournaments(TWT), one for largest lionfish in decimal pounds, and one for largest grouper beginning May 1st. There will also be the Golden Peanut awards floating around as well as the Lionfish Blaster Award!"

This great cause - trying to limit the impact of the Lionfish escologically disastrous population explosion - has become a popular event. According to the website last year's overall Lionfish Blash winner alone removed 587 Lionfish!

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 James Johnson.. Please pass word of any future discretion to James so he can help others experience the pleasure of this award.

Recent Off-Shore Jax dive reports are sparse right now and we've been unable to find any reports that include 'vis and bottom temps.

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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