from the Jacksonville Scubanauts Dive Club!
most recent newsletter in Adobe PDF format. (If you cannot
read Adobe's PDF format, get the reader here).
note:Our scheduled June 10th
meeting will once again take place via Zoom video web conference
vs. as a physical meeting. It will start at 6:00pm. The link
to join was mailed out by Beth earlier this month. If
Beth or any Scubanauts officer. (We are not posting the
link here due to the possibility of "Zoom
Normally our meetings are held the second Wednesday in each
month. Please note that our
years and most of our
meetings are now at the Mediterrania
Restaurant at 3877
Baymeadows Rd. They do have a private room
reserved for us that suits us well.
Socializing begins at 6:00pm with the
starting at 6:30pm.
are always welcome!
At the end of
the video meeting, there will be a very old presentation
of a very old instructor's retirement party - a trip down
Scubanauts memory lane!.
2020 return trip to Coco View Resort in Roatan, Honduras
- scheduled July 4-11, 2020 - has been rescheduled to May 15th
thru 22nd, 2021 due to multiple effects of the Covid-19
On a April 7th call to Delta Airlines, that
company told our webmaster that the tickets most of
our trip participants have already
purchased are not refundable at this time. (At this point
Delta is only allowing the blanket cancellation of such
international flights through May). But Delta did
say that we would be allowed to reschedule
for any future time within
of the original ticket purcahse dates. We would be given
a ticket credit towards that rescheduling equal to the
original purchase price paid for each of those
Coco View's Facebook
page ("CocoView Divers") says that the resort's
management has temporarily laid off all of their employees
a small skeleton
staff to maintain physical
at the resort and perform ongoing equipment maintenance.
Their regular website has not
been updated to include any mention of the virus' impact.
area has lost yet another public dive boat. Atlantic Pro
was running charters booked on a 28 foot power catamaran
Lips"; which was primarily a fishing charter boat.
We were told today
that Sweet Lips's owner is now booking enough fishing business
that Atlantic was unable to get enough availability slots
to keep this partnership going; at least for the present.
They are, though, exploring running a dive boat operation
of their own. We'll keep you up to date as we get more
The only current
public dive boat option we're aware of involves chartering
a whole boat as a group
of up to 4 divers. The St. Augustine dive shop "The Dive
located near the off-price malls near the
intersection of I-95 and 16.
They operate a pair of 26-foot Grady White power
catamarans; each running twin gas outboards. Their charters are for the whole
boat and can accommodate up to 4 divers for trips with the shop providing
a Dive Master.
For more information please see our page on Jacksonville
We do need a couple
of smaller trips throughout 2019.
suggestions we've been kicking around:
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
information on all Scubanauts activities! Don't
let the best of club diving pass you by!
- 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
Photo Gallery has portfolios from members as
well as photos from our contests and arties. 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 Bill "CrawDaddy"
Crawford. Please pass word of any future discretion
he can help others experience the pleasure of
recent dive reports could be found for offshore
sites we used to rely on for current conditions
information are no longer being updated. We did
get a report of dive conditions this week "30
miles offshore" being 15 ft. 'vis and 62 degrees
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 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
honor of this decision, a great white recently
tagged 40 miles off Mayport was given the name
"Miss May" in the Ocearch registry.
follow Katherine's - or any other tracked
shark's - travels:
If you want to follow
one of the specific tagged sharks which has been
in the local news
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
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.
- 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.