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Updated Wednesday, August 10th, 2022

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

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August Meeting

Our meetings are normally held the second Wednesday in each month.

Please note: Update, due to technical difficulties tonight's Zoom meeting is canceled. We'll meet next month in our normal hybrid manner. Sorry for the mixed messages as we tried to work through the issues.

Our club's divers had a great time during July 2022's club trip to CocoView Resort in Roatan. Among others, It turned out that our entire Board of Officers was on the trip! (Maybe we could just start holding our club meetings in CoCo View?)

New ways to get Offshore Jax! While out at Divers Supply getting some equipment serviced we saw notices for two different 6-pack dive boat outfits that are now operating in this area: Florida Man Fishing Charters and Due East Chartering Services.

We have not yet dove either operation so we can't provide any informed opinon on these boats. But this could be great news for local divers without access to a private boat. (Without such access it's been very difficult to get offshore here since Capt. Dan Lindley's "Diamond Diver" dive boat ceased operation). See our Jacksonville Area Diving page for more information on these new options.

Florida's scallop season is open now and runs through September 24th. Full lobster season this year is also running now.

We do need a couple of smaller trips throughout 2022.

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 arties. 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 Bill "CrawDaddy" Crawford. Please pass word of any future discretion to Bill so he can help others experience the pleasure of this award.

We could find no offshore Jax dive reports recent enough to be of value.

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. News reports are saying that the Jacksonville's Mayport docks will become the home port for their research boat. The city will build new docks for their vessel and will provide two historic buildings that will become the organization's home base.

In honor of this decision, a great white recently tagged 40 miles off Mayport was given the name "Miss May" in the Ocearch registry.

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 Athenian Owl Restaurant address link for directions!

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