Photo Display

Frank Onstine reports that he has reserved the month of August at Arcata Exchange for an HSD photo display.

The well equipped 1956 Diver

The well equipped 1956 Diver

Today’s well equipped Divers

Today’s well equipped Divers

President Ron in that warm water he is wishing for.

President Ron in that warm water he is wishing for.

From the San Jose Flipper Dippers:

Anyone have used equipment they would like to donate? Rather than having your old scuba gear sitting around the garage taking up space and irritating your spouse, donate it to the Soldiers Undertaking Disabled SCUBA diving program and help rehabilitate a disabled vet.

The SUDS program facilitates the mental and physical rehabilitation process for wounded service members returning from overseas deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This program uses SCUBA diving as a tool to help our wounded warriors in their rehabilitation while rebuilding their confidence, and provides these soldiers with a sport they can enjoy throughout their lives.

SUDS is a non-profit organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

The San Jose Flipper Dippers SCUBA Diving Club (http://www.sjflipperdippers.com/) is asking for donation of gently used (10 years old or less) dive gear to the SUDS program.

SUDS needs:

  • Masks
  • Fins
  • Recreational BCD’s (jacket style or weight integrated)
  • Regulators, Pressure Gauges, Compass, Computers
  • 3 mm wetsuits (either shorty or full)
  •  

We can arrange to pick up your gear or you can bring it to the club’s February 17th General Meeting. At the end of February all donations will be shipped to SUDS’ Headquarters in San Antonio, Texas.

Please contact us at: http://www.sjflipperdippers.com/

More information regarding the SUDS program can be found on their web site at: http://www.sudsdiving.org

SCUBA Show 2010 — May 15-16, 2010 Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA

The SCUBA Show, America’s Largest Consumer Dive Expo, will take place May 15-16 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. This is the 23rd year of this popular event. The show will consist of 76,000 square feet of diving related exhibits including new and revolutionary dive gear, travel pros (many offering show discounts), and diving experts. Several exhibitors also offer free drawings for valuable prizes. The first 1,000 people in attendance on Saturday and Sunday will receive complementary tote bags, and door prizes will be taking place through out the day.

Highlighting the exhibit hall will be a personal appearance by world famous artist Wyland. On Saturday he will be interacting with attendees while painting a new piece of art and on Sunday will be painting with over 200 children who have pre-registered in advance.

Legendary underwater filmmaker Stan Waterman will be headlining a weekend of seminars that include some of the most popular dive experts around. Some of the presenters include Jack and Sue Drafahl, Bruce Watkins, Dale Sheckler, Ken Knezick, Ken Kurtis, and many more. Subjects covered include underwater photography and video, marine life, dive travel, and more.

SUDS is a non-profit organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

A continuous underwater film festival will be running in the exhibit hall on a three-story high screen and will feature films from around the world by over a dozen underwater imaging experts.

Saturday night will feature a Casino party benefiting California Ships to Reefs, a non-profit organization sinking ships along the California coastline as artificial reefs. Highlight of the party will be the awarding of the California Scuba Service Award.

Exhibit hall hours are Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $12 and includes admission to exhibit hall and film festival (seminars are an additional charge). Discount coupons are available at California dive stores, on California dive charter boats and through California dive clubs. Age 12 and under are admitted free. For information on SCUBA Show 2010 call (310) 792-2333 or visit the web site http://www.scubashow.com.

Octopus Video

Click on the link for an interesting video of an Octopus carrying his shelter with him. You have to wait for the ad at the beginning to play. At the end of the video some additional Octopus video links come up. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/983859/octopuses-using-coconut-shells-as-tools