May President's Message

Welcome Returning Member
Don Powell

Happy May Birthday to
Nancy Hejde
Paola Hernandez
Dave Kelly
Adelle Nicholson
John Kansman
Theresa Redmond
Marcey Carabelli
Robert Pruitt
Tommy Vagasy
Michael Conroy
Bill Dietz
Steve Oller
Jessica Rachbind
Eric Rohde
Oreta Cerda
Darrell Hejde

Well, the pig roast was a big success as usual. Did you notice our new pig roaster? Its a beauty! If you missed it you missed a fun evening with great food and great people. Thanks to Joe Smariga and Ray Papa, the pig and everyone else who helped with the set up and break down. Thanks also to everyone who brought the delicious sides, appetizers and desserts. Everything was terrific. It was good to see a lot of our members bringing guests. I think that had a lot to do with making the party a success. Please always feel free to bring guests to our club sponsored parties.

With summer nearly upon us, please be sure to check your equipment and bring it to your favorite dive shop and have it serviced if necessary. An equipment failure on the boat is one thing, at depth it’s a whole different ball of wax. Don’t take a chance on your safety or that of your dive buddy.

We have lots of activities on the calendar. Please check out the calendar and join us for some fun. Remember that signing up for an event does not guarantee you a spot. The event must be paid for and the first people to pay are the ones that will be sure to have a spot if the number of people to sign up exceeds the limit. Don’t get shut out! PAY, PAY, PAY!

By now, the vast majority of us have renewed our membership. If you haven’t, I urge you to do so as soon as possible. Remember, you must be a member in good standing to take part in most of the club’s activities.

I look forward to seeing a lot of you on dives and other activities this spring and summer. It’s going to be a great year.

Live long and lobster.

Jeff Raffa


April President's Message: Pig Roast April 6

Chef Joe at the Pig Roast

Chef Joe at the Pig Roast


Joel Maney, Rick Bornmann

Happy April Birthday to

Cheryl BarteK
Daniel Bates
Colleen Hurley
Rolf Olson
Sue Landrith
Seth Shealer
Chris Higgins
Donna Eades
David Schneider
Ray Papa
Peter Stephinson

Dinner and drinks for 10 bucks? Yup! Once again Joe will be cooking a pig for your dining pleasure. You can't beat this deal! Inflation still hasn’t caught up with South Florida Divers! The annual pig roast will be held April 6 at the VFW. It's always a fun party. Don’t forget to bring your side dish and a big appetite. Once again, I urge you to bring guests, the more the merrier. I hope to see you there. Unlike the Holiday Party, we are not allowed to bring in any alcoholic beverages. The club, as usual, will be providing beer, wine and soft drinks. The bar will be open if you wish to purchase anything special.

Spring will be upon us soon with warmer weather and warmer water. This is a good time to inspect your dive gear that has been lying idle in the garage. We often forget to check mask and fin straps, and try on those wet suits which tend to shrink over the winter. This is also a good time to get annual service on your regulators and buoyancy compensators as the dive shops are not as busy as they will be in the coming months.

If there is a dive or non-dive activity you would like to see on the calendar please let me or anyone on the e-board know and we will get it done. The club needs your participation to remain fun and interesting.

It’s time for me to toss out this broken record so this is my last reminder. Please pay your dues for 2019 if you have not done so already. Thank-you to all those who already have paid.

Our speaker for the April meeting will be David Anderson from Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. David is the sea turtle conservation coordinator at the center. Gumbo Limbo does a great job of rehabilitating sick and injured sea turtles and I expect David”s presentation to be very interesting. I hope to see all of you there.

“Live long and lobster”

Jeff Raffa

March President's Message

Happy March Birthday to Hannah Tuckwell
Steve Litton
David Mafdali
Ginny DeMattei
David Pressler
Eric Bronson
Joseph Giandinoto

Well, here it is March already. As most of you know this is the last month of lobster season. We have a few dives on the calendar so that we will have the opportunity to stock our freezers to hold us to the end of July. The good fortune for the lobsters during the off season will be bad news for the Lion Fish. I personally plan to spear as many as I can in order to help keep their numbers down.

We also have a number of non- diving activities on the calendar. Be sure to check out the calendar below and sign up for some fun. We have a bike ride, kayaking and the usual dinners at large. We have the annual Pig Roast on April 6. Some non- club events coming up are the Dania Beach Nautical Flea Market (March 1 through March 4 ) and the Pompano Beach Sea Food Festival (April 26 through April 28).

Thanks to Donna Eades, we had a great time on the annual Tri-Rail Pub Crawl. I clearly remember the train ride to West Palm Beach but seem to have lost the ride back. I’m told I had a good time.

As you know, Barry Kulick did not do his usual presentation in February but he will entertain us in March. It’s always fun with Barry and it will be extra good this year because he had an extra month to prepare. I'm looking forward to it.

I would like to take this time to thank Ray Schreiber for his many years of hard work as the webmaster. He did a great job. We now have a new webmaster, Bonnie, and she has been working like a fiend setting up our new, modernized website. If you see either Ray or Bonnie, please let them know you appreciate their hard work. The new site is a work in progress but it already looks fantastic!

I hope to see you all at the March club meeting.


Live long and lobster.

Jeff Raffa,

February President's Message

Happy February Birthday to

lisa Kelly, Steve Hamburg, Evelyn Roisman, Melissa Ames, Marc Cohen, Jim Trombley, Matthew McAloon

We are delighted to welcome new members

Lisa Kelly, Dave KellY

Just as promised, the Wacky Gift Exchange was a hoot! If you missed it be sure to mark your calendar for next January’s meeting. It is always a fun evening, the junk level was way down and many people went home with nice gifts, including me for the first time. It’s good to see that people are learning, NO JUNK! Thanks to John Kansman and Donna Eades for officiating.

Be sure to check out the calendar in this newsletter for the many upcoming events. Even though the water has chilled down a bit there is still some great diving available to us and the lobsters are still plentiful. .

If it’s February it must be Barry Kulick. Wrong! Barry had another commitment in February this year so he will break with tradition and be back to entertain us with his terrific photography and witty commentary at the March meeting. If you are new to the club this is another must do meeting. Barry is always very entertaining.

Our speaker for the February meeting will be James Blackman. James is the owner of Miami Technical Diving and he will be giving us an introduction to technical diving. If you were ever curious about getting into tech diving this should answer your questions. I think it will be an interesting talk.

As we are well into 2019 please be sure to renew your membership if you haven’t already done so. Those of you not paid by the February meeting will be delinquent and you will be assessed a late fee. Remember, your membership must be current in order for you to participate in club activities. I am also reminding everyone that if you are a diver you must furnish us with proof of dive insurance every year when you renew your membership. Our by laws state that every one must have current dive insurance coverage.

I am going to remind all of you once again, that if you sign up for an event, you must pay for that event or you will not be considered to be on that event. We have been somewhat lax about this rule in the past but if you have not paid, you will not be on the roster. Lets be a little more considerate to the event coordinators. If you are a last minute sign up, you must talk with the event coordinator and make arrangements to pay.

As always, feel free to make any suggestions regarding the operation of the club or activities you would like to see on the calendar. We are always open to new ideas. Recently, one of our members suggested that we hold the e board meeting prior to the membership meeting. We talked about it at the last e board meeting and decided to give it a try. The next e board meeting will be January 31. Everyone is invited.

Live long and lobster

Jeff Raffa