July President's Message - San Sal Recap

by Ginny DeMattei

by Ginny DeMattei

Welcome NEW Member

Happy july Birthday to
Doug Ewing
Lance Rachbind
Peter Gutenerg
Millie Pressler
Michael Ninomiya
Drake Barber
Patti Dollard

I hear we didn’t have a great turnout for the June meeting. I guess I have to take the blame for that since a good number of us were in San Sal. We all had a great time. The weather was nearly perfect and the diving was terrific! San Sal is my favorite Club Med because everything is consistently good. As I said while we were there, they treat us as though we are celebrities. The bonus for me was a hammer head shark encounter. My first ever!

We are well into dive season so check out the calendar and join us for some fun activities. We have quite a few great events planned for this summer. Please remember that you are not officially on an event until you have paid. Paying for a dive trip at the boat is not really acceptable unless you are a last minute sign up. Please make your payment at the same time that you sign up for the trip.

Don’t forget our annual beach party on Fort Lauderdale Beach on Saturday July 27. There is no charge for this event so just show up. See the details on the web site.

I’m sure most of you are aware that the end of July brings the Mini Season for Florida lobsters. This year it falls on July 24 and July 25. The regular season begins on August 6 and runs through March 31. We have been seeing lots of lobsters on the reefs. I think it’s going to be a good year for catching them. If you plan to participate this year be sure you have a valid fishing license and a lobster permit. Please, please keep in mind that no amount of lobster is worth an injury. There are a lot of people out there on the water that either don’t know the rules or disregard them, especially during Mini Season. Please be careful and dive safely.

Please mark your calendar for the July meeting, Wednesday July 3. Remember that we are having a gear sale. Bring your gently used gear to the meeting, put a suggested price on it and hopefully someone else will want it. Hopefully some of us will be able to get rid of some gear we are not using and others will find treasure. It should be fun. See you there.

Live long and lobster.

Jeff Raffa
President SFDI


June President's Message - Jam-Packed Summer!

Happy June Birthday TO
Jay Borstein
Nicole Bronson
Bonnie Lee
Bruce Wills

The water is warming up and the seas are lying down! I’m still wearing a 3ml suit but I’m really looking forward to wearing my 1ml.

As usual, there are a lot of fun activities planned. Be sure to check out the calendar and sign up for any or all of them at the June meeting. If there is a cost involved be sure to pay at the time you sign up. If you cannot pay immediately, let the coordinator know that you will be making your payment as soon as you can. Remember, you are not officially on a dive or a trip unless you have paid.

The night dive at the Deerfield Pier will be June 14 and the following day will be The Guinness World Record for the biggest underwater cleanup. Both of these events will be a lot of fun. See John Edmonds for more information.

Of course we will have our annual beach party on Fort Lauderdale Beach. It’s always a great time. Best of all it’s free for our members. You can’t beat that price.

The Keys weekend will be August 23-25. Be sure to sign up and get your money in. I have a feeling we will have more demand for rooms than we have reserved and the hotel is already sold out. The first people on the sign up sheet and paid will get accommodations at the hotel. If you don’t make the cut you can always stay at another hotel and join us for diving and all of the festivities at Breezy Palms and Saturday dinner at Lazy Days.

The Starlight Music Series will be starting up on June 7 in Holiday Park. The music is always great and it’s always a fun time. Bring your chairs, some food and something to drink and join us for a great evening. There is no charge and there is ample parking. I will send out the schedule as soon as I have it.

Lobster mini season will be here before we know it. A week later the regular season will begin. Make sure your lobster gear is in good shape and be sure to zip up you lobster hotel. You know who you are!

Have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you all on club events

Jeff Raffa
President SFDI

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