from the Jacksonville Scubanauts Dive Club!
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Our next meeting
will be on January 11th. Our
meetings are always on the second Wednesday of each month
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.
at 6:00pm with the meeting starting at 6:30). Visitors
are always welcome!)
Annual dues for Scubanauts membership are past due so if
you're late 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!
Late news: For
the past 20 years, Bob and Nica have hosted an annual Scubanauts
Super Bowl party at their house. Unfortunately, family
medical and related issues will prevent them from being
able to host that party this year. Our Board is considering
the issue and is trying to find a suitable replacement
host or else will
this year's party altogether.
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.
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 James Johnson..
pass word of any future discretion to James so
he can help others experience the pleasure of
Off-Shore Jax dive reports are sparse right now
and we've been unable to find any reports that
include 'vis and bottom temps.
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:
- 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.