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February 2010 Newsletter

CONTENTS

Don't forget we will be voting on a proposal to raise dues at this months meeting.

President's Message  

 MEETING LOCATION

Calendar for February and Beyond February Meeting Program
A Safety Minute Meeting Location 
Get Smart With Joe Happy February Birthday
  2010 OverseasTrips

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

President's Message

The boat has left the dock........

~ By Pete Stephinson

2010 is underway and as you can see on the calendar, we already have a scheduled - both dives and other activities.  We have the Manatees trip to Crystal River, bike rides, and our annual  camping weekend at Jonathan Dickinson State park to mention a few. 

 

I was out of the country so missed the January meeting and "Wacky Gift Exchange". However, all the folks I have spoken with since I returned tell me it was a lot of fun. If you got something you like, that's great, If not bring it back next year. Regardless of the "gift" everyone enjoyed themselves so if you missed out, remember, we'll be doing the same next January. 

 

Over the holidays I visited Fiji and New Zealand to catch up with family. I spent 3 days in Fiji just prior to Christmas and enjoyed some great diving. It is 4 years since I last visited Fiji and returned to Momi Bay and the Navula Barrier Reef. It was great to see and dive with old friends, Divemasters Api and SCUBA Sam. You can see photos elsewhere in this newsletter.

 

For the 16th consecutive year, Barry Kulick will be our guest speaker at the February Meeting. For those of you who are new to the club, Barry is a photo journalist par excellence who  takes us through his photo adventures of the last 12 months. His photography is really special and the reason why our February meeting is usually one of the best attended of the year. For a sample of Barry's work check out his web site at www.barrykulick.com.

 

Coming up in March is the SUDS fleamarket which we are supporting. SUDS -- Soldiers Undertaking Disabled SCUBA is a great organisation helping wounded vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan learn SCUBA and thereby assist in their rehabilitation. You can learn more about the SUDS fleamarket and SUDs at www.sudsfleamarket.com.  We need all the help we can get - there will be sign up sheet at the February meeting.

 

This is the time of the year when we are planning our schedule of dives and other activities to cover the first segment of the year. If you have enjoyed attending club dives and activities now is the time to start thinking about what contribution you can make to our calendar which other members will enjoy. If you have a favorite dive or activity, why not put set it up as a club event? I'm sure you'll find a number of other SFDI members keen to enjoy it with you. If you don't know how to get started Bruce Wills, myself or one of the other eBoard members will be pleased to help you get started.

 

Of course you can't participate in any of our club events  if you're not a member - and it's that time of year again. If you didn't renew at the January meeting there is still time to save $5 by renewing at the February meeting. Our membership fee is still at at  $55 (additional family members $15), but not for much longer. We will be voting on a raise in fees at the February meeting. I suggest you renew now to beat the price rise. Regardless, even with the rise, an SFDI membership is a great deal when you consider all the activities, events, dives, overseas trips and club member discounts which we have available to members.

 

See you in the water some time soon 

 

Pete

 

email: president@sfdi.com

 

 

 


 

   

 

2010 Membership Renewal Reminder

 

With the beginning of 2010 it is time to renew your SFDI membership for 2010. At $55, membership of South Florida Divers is a helluva deal. If you need reminding of the benefits of membership, click here. Application forms should be completed when renewing. An additional $5 is charged for renewals after the February General Meeting. Remember dues may be raised after the Feburary meeting more then just $5.

 

To renew your membership please do the following:

1) Print and fill out the New Member Application Form  (Verify your address etc.)

2) Print and fill out the Yearly Renewal Application Form  

3) Make a copy of your c-card

4) Please write a check for $55.00 made out to South Florida Divers Inc. for a single membership or

$70.00 made out to South Florida Divers Inc. for a family membership.  If the application is made after 

the February  meeting,  add $5 to the check amount.  $60 for single and $75 for family.  

Remember dues may be raised after the Feburary meeting more then just $5.

5) Bring along all four items to the monthly meeting (preferred) or mail it the following address:

Joe Smariga
c/o Connections for Business, Inc.
Pembroke Rd.
Hollywood, FL  33020


 

 

 

 

 

  MEETING LOCATION  !!!

 

 Location for General Meeting

 

Lauderdale Isles Yacht Club, 2637 Whale Harbor Lane, Ft. Lauderdale

The Same Place We Have The Pig Roast and Seafood Fest !!

 

Click Here for Map

 

Directions:

 

1. Take I 95 to Davie Blvd. Head West.

2. Turn Left on 27th Ave, (Riverland Road ).

3. Follow around and Stay on Riverland Road

4. Turn left at Whale Harbor Lane.

5. Lauderdale Isles Yacht Club is on the Right

 

 

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PLEASE SEE NOTE ABOVE !!

 

SFDI meetings are the first Wednesday of each month at Lauderdale Isles Yacht Club. The meeting starts at 7:30   If you are not a member, and you are reading this on the Internet, please join us because visitors are ALWAYS WELCOME!

In an attempt to condense the length of the meetings, we are going to start the meeting PROMPTLY at 7:30. Please come earlier to socialize before the meeting starts.

 

 

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         WELCOME YOUR NEWEST DIVE BUDDIES!

 

We are delighted to welcome new member: Keir Lee-Barber

         As a Reminder to Everyone, We are a  NO-DECOMPRESSION  Dive Club.       

Always adhere to Safe Recreational Dive Depths and Limits.

 

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

February... and beyond 


    By Scott Prinos, Assistant Calendar Coordinator

                                                                         

     To ensure privacy please note that event Coordinators’ phone numbers are never posted.  If you are a Club member please consult your Buddy List for the number you need.  If you do not have a copy there will be one available at the next General Meeting, or contact Melissa Ames.

 

     Just a quick reminder... The Calendar exists for the convenience of all our members.  If you see a future event that is of interest please contact the Coordinator directly. You can sign on to an event at any time.  The Coordinator will be more than happy to place your name on the list and tell you where to mail payment.

 

     Remember.. you are  not  confirmed on an event until you have made payment.  A member who signs on later but makes payment first will receive preference.

 

February 3:  General Meeting  7:30 PM Sharp!  Lauderdale Isles Yacht and Tennis Club  Address and directions elsewhere on the website. 


February 5 - 7:  Manatee Mania!  Drake & Bonnie Lee Barber will be hosting a hardy group of manatee lovers on our first excursion of 2010.  Plans are to stay two nights, snorkel and dive with the marvelous mammals, eat, drink and be happy.  Cost of $200.00 covers your room, 2 breakfasts, snorkeling and diving.  Sounds like a great time!  Contact the Barbers' for more information and be sure to get your $110.00 deposit in soon.


February 8:   SFDI Executive Board Meeting at Connections for Business, 2843 Pembroke Road, NE corner of I-95 and Pembroke Road. Anyone who’d like to see how the club operates behind the scenes is welcome to attend.  Meeting starts at 7:30.


February 13:  8:00 AM Show 8:30 AM Go – Private Boat Dive (Saturday)  Whichever boat owners are in town will depart from the dock at John U. Lloyd State Park at 8:30am. Contact John, Jerry, and Dave for details.


February 13:  Dinner at large Chinese New Year – (Saturday)  We will be celebrating the Chinese New Year in style. Call Patrick for details.


February 17:  Dinner-at-Large (Wednesday)  Join Pete Stephinson and Jim Ekholm for some Asian culinary delights at Kyojin Buffet, 21073 Powerline Road in Boca Raton.  Sushi - Japanese treats - other oriental classics - who could ask for more!  Dinner bell will ring at 7:30. Call Pete or Jim for more details or go to kyojinbuffet.com


February 17:  Sea Secrets presentation and refreshments at the Rosenstiel School of Marine Science (Wednesday)  Trevor Corson will provide a presentation entitled "The secret life of Lobsters" refreshments start at about 5:30 and the presentation will run from 6 pm to 7 pm. http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/info/calendar/


February 27: Tri-Rail Pub Crawl (Saturday)  Donna Eades hosts a new event for SFDI. It involves a short train ride north followed by bar-hopping, window shopping, more bar-hopping, and a short train ride back. Call Donna for more details.


March 3:  General Meeting  7:30 PM Sharp!  Lauderdale Isles Yacht and Tennis Club  Address and directions elsewhere on the website.


March 6:  8:00 AM Show 8:30 AM Go – Private Boat Dive (Saturday)  Whichever boat owners are in town will depart from the dock at John U. Lloyd State Park at 8:30am. Contact Dave Wills for details


March 8:   SFDI Executive Board Meeting at Connections for Business, 2843 Pembroke Road, NE corner of I-95 and Pembroke Road. Anyone who’d like to see 

how the club operates behind the scenes is welcome to attend.  Meeting starts at 7:30.


March 12 - 14:  SUDS Flea Market


March 17:  Sea Secrets presentation and refreshments at the Rosenstiel School of Marine Science (Wednesday)  Speaker John Calambokidis "Tagging and tracking; A Whale of a Tale" This talk is about new studies concerning Blue Whales. Refreshments start at about 5:30 and the presentation will run from 6 pm to 7 pm. 

http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/info/calendar/


March 21:  (Sunday)  Join Joe Smariga and Julie Taylor as they take us aboard the Sea Experience out of Ft. Lauderdale.  Gonna be a great day.   Cost to be passed on when available.  For directions or info on the boat, www.seaxp.com

March 25:  Dinner at large (Wednesday)  Anglesea Pub, 200 E. McNab Rd. Pompano Beach. Features a nautical feel with British Pub food , Sea Food, and Bar Food. http://www.southflorida.com/nightlife/18643,0,5053715.venue

Dinner bell will ring at 7:30.

March 27:  Drift and Fish (Saturday) Joe Giandinoto is leading a Drift and Fish outing.  More Details in later editions.

 

April 7:  General Meeting  7:30 PM Sharp!  Lauderdale Isles Yacht and Tennis Club  Address and directions elsewhere on the website.


April 9 - 11:  Spring Camp & Dive  Okay, it’s 2010, so get with it! Craig & Linda Sandel have reserved sites again at J.D. State Park in Jupiter. Plan to eat, drink, dive, canoe, kayak, bike, hike and revel to your hearts content. Space is limited so sign up early and be sure to pay the $25.00 per person to ensure your participation. Tents only due to space limitations.


April 12:   SFDI Executive Board Meeting at Connections for Business, 2843 Pembroke Road, NE corner of I-95 and Pembroke Road. Anyone who’d like to see 

how the club operates behind the scenes is welcome to attend.  Meeting starts at 7:30.


April 17:  Pig Roast This is the big one! Details in later editions.


     


 

 

"POLICIES & PROCEDURES" NOW PUBLISHED ON THE WEBSITE

 

The rules and regulations that we must all abide by are now printed in their entirety on the website.  I cannot stress enough how important it is that all members, new and old, read and be thoroughly aware of how these rules apply to them.  I have summarized below some of the more important points.

 

 Payment:    A member is confirmed only after they have paid. Payments for dives must  be made when signing up. Payments for trips must be made according to the schedule as outlined by the Coordinator.  In the event that a dive, trip, etc. is overbooked than those confirmed to go will be determined by the date order of payment.

 

  Cancellation:   Once a member signs on for a dive, event, etc. he/she is obligated to pay unless they contact the Coordinator by the specified cancellation time, as outlined in the Policies and Procedures.  

 

  Certification Requirements:  Some dives will be restricted to divers with certain minimum requirements, generally as specified by the dive operator. In some cases these minimums may be set by the Coordinator in conjunction with the E-Board based on the profile and/or characteristics of the planned dive.  No exceptions will be allowed for any reason.

 

  Special Needs:  Some of our members have "special needs" when participating on a dive or trip.  These can be cases where the person needs extra assistance on a dive boat, special requirements regarding accommodations, etc.  Coordinators are not psychic.  It is the responsibility of the member to make sure the Coordinator knows of these needs well in advance of the event.

 

Please be sure that these rules are clear to you.  If not, get clarification from any E-Board member.

 

 

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OVERSEAS TRIPS 2010

 

Tobago 2010

 

May 8th - May 15th

 

"The waters of Tobago teem with colorful reef fish and healthy corals, but it is the encounters with the "Giants of the Drift" that truly set this island apart from all other Caribbean dive destinations.

 

Accommodation:  Manta Lodge

Estimated cost for the trip is $1500 and includes:

-       Round trip airfare from Miami to Tobago (includes taxes and transfers)

-       7 day package

o    Lodging and breakfasts

o    5 day diving package (5 X 2 dives)

o    travel Insurance

A $200 deposit is required to confirm your place. Payments will be accepted monthly with full payment by March 2010

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Wacky Gift Exchange Photos by Lynne and Ray Schreiber

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Fiji Photos by Pete Stephinson

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February Meeting Program

BARRY KULICK – NEED WE SAY MORE?

 

 

 

On February 3th, our general meeting is not to be missed!  Marine life photographer and our dear friend Barry Kulick will wow us once again with another thoroughly entertaining presentation of spectacular and sublime photo images shot in the interesting world destinations that he has visited.  Barry returns every year in February to treat us to an evening of beauty, adventure and humor.  Get ready to be wow-ed again.  Hmmmmmmm…  to where will Barry take us this year?   Come and find out on February 3th.
ABOUT BARRY KULICK
A long time sport diver, Barry Kulick sold his guitar making business in 1988 and turned his hobby into his current career as a marine life photographer. During the past nineteen years he has had the opportunity to travel the world with his cameras to capture images of a wide variety of marine subjects: ranging in diversity from minute Pygmy Sea Horses to enormous Great White Sharks, from the murky confines of ancient shipwrecks to the vibrant cotor and ceaseless activity of majestic coral reefs.
Although his major focus is the realm of still photography, Barry's cinema and video work has been seen in several films, commercials, training videos, and television shows. Hundreds of his still images have appeared throughout North, South and Central America, Europe, and Australia in books, magazines, advertisements, newspapers, postcards, puzzles, posters, computer software, art galleries, corporate and government publications, and private collections.
Originally from New York City, Barry Kulick now lives in Miami, Florida with his wife Miriam, and their son Alexander.


 


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Get Smart With Joe G. 

The ABC’s of diving glossary:  

February, 2010 notes brought to you 

by the letter N: 

 

NASDS - National Association of Scuba Diving Schools. In 1999 NASDS merged with Scuba Schools International. 

NAUI - National Association of Underwater Instructors. 

NDL - see No Decompression Limit

Nematocysts - Stinging cells such as those possessed by sea anemones. 
Nitrogen - A gaseous element known for its colorless, inert properties and its crucial role as a component of living organisms. Used by divers in varying concentration as part of the breathing gas mixture. Occurs in air at approximately 78% by volume. Known to affect divers in several applications, see nitrogen narcosis, decompression sickness.

Nitrogen Narcosis - A condition where divers behave as if intoxicated as a result of exposure to high partial pressures of nitrogen.

Nitrox - A nitrogen-oxygen mixed gas that contains an oxygen percentage other than 21 percent. "Oxygen-enriched air" or "enriched-air nitrox" refer to nitrox mixtures with oxygen levels greater than 21 percent. The most common nitrox mixtures are NOAA Nitrox I and NOAA Nitrox II, 32 percent oxygen and 36 percent oxygen, respectively. Nitrox is used to extend the NDL.

No-Decompression - A dive not requiring a staged stop during ascent to the surface. This type of dive can be made with either tables or computers.

No Decompression Limit - A theoretical mathematical representation of the amount of nitrogen, in minutes, that body tissues can absorb without substantial risk of decompression sickness.

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Responsible for describing and predicting changes to the Earth's environment as well as conservation and management of resources in the marine and coastal environment to ensure sustainable economic opportunities.

Nystagmus - Spontaneous, rapid, rhythmic movement of the eyes occurring on fixation or on ocular movement.


 

 

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A SAFETY MINUTE

Joe G's February, 2010 Safety Minute  

Monitoring Air Supply

In order to exercise safety when scuba diving and to ascend slowly, you must have air in your tank. Monitoring your air supply and air consumption is critical frequently throughout your dive. By the time you are down to 1,000 p.s.i., you should be well aware to where your dive boat or the beach is. By 500 p.s.i. you should be in the process of making a slow, controlled ascent back to surface. Monitoring your air supply is absolutely critical to your well being. Watch your gauges constantly throughout your dive and never, never run out of air. 

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
to our
February Birthday Celebrants!

 
Steve Hamburg Melissa Ames Greg Taffet
Marc Cohen Jim Trombley Juan Rodriguez

 

 

 

 

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