December 2, 2020 7:00
Board Meeting @ Live Zoom Meeting
December 16, 2020 7:00
General Meeting @ Live
Zoom Meeting (click for call in info)
01-Dec Mario Pernetti
03-Dec Sara Porter
06-Dec Richard Sears
12-Dec Bob Taylor
19-Dec Laurie Cava
20-Dec Jason Pipes
26-Dec Ryan Green
28-Dec Will Dutton
Message from the President – Owen Autry
Dear Dolphin Divers of Sacramento,
Season’s Greetings to my Dolphin Divers of Sacramento family! I am hopeful that you all had a nice Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. Christmas is upon us, and it’s the time of year when we see our loved ones and share the joy of the season with each other. I am sure you will agree with me that this year was a year we will never forget! I found it funny that this year Mix96 started Christmas music a week early, throwing us into another one of the crazy things happening for 2020.
Hopefully, you had time to go to Dolphin Scuba for their Black Friday sale and take advantage the great deals to fill your stocking, and gear up for next year. I was sad to hear that Dolphin is closing their warehouse and have to look for a new place to run the large selection of merchandise that they carry. Just to be clear, they are still fully open and providing great service. I would like to thank Mike for all of his support to our club and keeping all of us in the water safely.
I hope you are getting into the water and doing some diving; I went to the Bonne Terre Mine in Bonne Terre, Missouri from November 13th to the 16th and had a great time! Dolphin Scuba is going to go back, and I am going again to see more of the many trails and see the mine as it existed in 1950. Here is a video I think you will enjoy.
Please send in your applications and membership dues as soon as possible. You can sign up on the website, https://www.dolphindivers.org or you can print an application and send it, along with the dues to: Dolphin Divers of Sacramento P.O. Box 112 Orangevale, California 95662.
Our next Dolphin Club Meeting will be held via Zoom on December 16th, 2020 at 7:00 pm. I look forward to seeing more members, and future members, at the next meeting.
Hoping we can all get into the water soon!
President, Greatest Dive Club Ever!!
APOLOGIES! For my delay in getting the newsletter out this month AGAIN. Work has STILL been extremely busy not to mention taking time to visit my parents in Montana so time has been at a minimum. I hope to get back on track for January. However, it would definitely help if those submitting content were a tad bit more timely 🙂
We want to hear from you! Do you have something to share? A favorite dive site or story? Do you have a video slideshow or movie of a recent trip? Send it to me and I can share it with other members via our monthly newsletter. YouTube videos embed nicely into this new newsletter format.
Thanks for the continued opportunity to serve you. I hope you like it!!
Annual Member of the Year and Photo Contest
Voting begins December 10th through December 14th.
Results Revealed on Wednesday, December 16, 2020
The time has come for the Dolphin Divers Fall event that everyone looks forward to! The Photo Contest and Member of the Year!!! This year’s event will be Virtual and the rules have slightly changed so make sure to check out the scoop below.
Open: Submit your favorite picture (does not have to be club related). Have fun with this one, it can be a cell phone pick, your favorite vacation spot or a selfie with your friends.
- One picture per category, per person.
- Label your image with your name and category (e.g. M Sepulveda – Club Event) so we know which category to put your picture.
- Submit your pictures by December 1st to email@example.com.
- Starting on December 9th, the viewing and voting will take place on the Dolphin Drivers website www.dolphindivers.org ending on December 14th.
Member of the Year
This is someone you have seen go above and beyond to help make this the best dive club in the Sacramento area.
The winners of the photo contest and Member of the Year will be announced at the next club meeting. Have fun going through your photos!!
The Pacific Harbor Seal (err… Critter of the Month)
The Pacific Harbor Seal inhabit our oceans and attached waterways, north of the equator. California is home to about 50,000 of the little fur balls. The seal is fun to watch and can offer some awfully close and friendly subjects for underwater photos. They can be a pest at times for divers spearing fish. I have made may unwilling donations to a seal’s dinner while spearing my own dinner.
Seal pups are born between February and April, weighing in around 20 lbs. Momma seal provides meals for about 4 weeks, then the pups start to hunt. The Harbor Seal spends half its time on land and the rest in the water. They do prefer the ocean but have been spotted miles up rivers, walking on roads, cruising in parking lots and hanging out at piers and docks. They do eat a lot of fish, but octopus and squid are also on the menu. A fully grown male can be 6 ft. long and weigh almost 300 lbs. Females are smaller.
I love to run into Harbor Seals under the water. Once they figure out that you will not hurt or bother them, they will let you take a photo. Sometimes you can get them to play with your bubbles, your fins, your mask, or whatever catches their eye. While ab diving, they will come up to you and check out what you are doing. Often, I have been prying an abalone off a rock and get that feeling of being watched. I look to my right and there is a Harbor Seal watching me. After my heart rate drops below 100 bpm, I smile and continue with my dive. Yes, they can be a real pain at times! I put up with them
scaring the stuffing out of me because they are so much fun to interact with. Remember, the ocean is their home, and you are just a visitor. Let them have their fun and enjoy the show they put on.
Oh, if you see a Harbor Seal with ears, it is a Sea Lion.
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The purpose of this column is to share the experiences and opinions of your fellow divers on the dive equipment they have owned. Your board believes this information might help you make informed decisions on your next equipment acquisition. Be aware that this review is only a personal opinion of the reviewer and that all divers differ in their personal preferences.
LIGHT AND MOTION DIVE LIGHTS
If you have recommendations for equipment, please share them by submitting a “GEAR REVIEW” article in the Bubbles. If your experience differs from a reviewer’s, please share that too. Other perspectives can give us a better view of what will or will not work for individual divers.
REVIEWER DESCRIPTION: Ken Takata, Sr. Citizen, SCUBA Diving since 1980, 900+ dives (cold and warm water),
DIVE ACTIVITIES: SCUBA and Freediving, UW Photography, UW Sightseeing, Ex-Spearfisherman
LIGHT AND MOTION DIVE LIGHTS: Over the past 8 years, I have owned several models of the SOLA and GoBe dive lights made by Light and Motion. Over my diving career, I have owned many different brands of dive lights and have found Light and Motion lights to be the best. They are compact, rechargeable, durable, and most importantly put out a tremendous amount of light for their size and weight. Light and Motion makes several different sizes from the pocket-sized GoBe flashlight to their immensely powerful Sola series with sufficient light output for videography.
- The lights can be adjusted in intensity from normal to a near blinding brightness. It is, by far, one of the brightest lights I have ever used.
- The beam is very even with no dark spots within the illuminated area. The beam can be adjusted from a narrow spotlight to wide angle.
- It is rechargeable and charging can be accomplished externally without having to dismantle the housing to remove a battery. You just need to plug charger into the external charging sockets on the light housing. Furthermore, you don’t need to deal with “O” rings which can be a source of leakage. External charging is convenient if you want to quickly recharge the light between dives.
- My experience has been that a partially charged light takes less than an hour to fully recharge. A fully discharged light will take about 2 hours to fully charge.
- A fully charged light will provide illumination on High for about 45 minutes. Illumination will last much longer if you turn it off when not in use.
- For a light with this much power, it is very lightweight and compact. This is an advantage when traveling via air.
- Light and Motion is located in Northern California and a light can be sent to the factory for repair.
DDS Store COMING SOON!!!
With the lack of General Meetings due to COVID-19, there has been no opportunity for you our members to buy DDS clothing swag. Coming in the new year, we will have an online store so you can get your DDS swag! In the meantime here are a few examples of what is available. In addition, is our current inventory. If you’re interested in purchasing any items, contact Tracy Clarke at tracycdiver77 at yahoo.com.
2- pink XL
1- Lt blue small
2-Army green medium
1- Lt blue medium
1-dark blue large
1-Lt green large
1-Lt green 2X
|Cool 32° t-shirts|
|Polo shirts/ 32°|
|Long sleeve T-shirts|
1-dark gray large
2-ash gray XL
1-ash gray 2X
1-ash gray 3XL
Long sleeve sport
1-ash gray medium
1-Lt Blue XL
Sweatshirt hoodie /zipper
2-dark blue large
1-Dark blue 3XL
Submit your Other News for next month!
Officers and Chairs
- President – Owen Autry
- Vice President – Ken Takata
- Secretary – Brad Freelove
- Activities – Julie Edwards
- Treasurer – Marlyn Sepulveda
- Safety Officer – Steve Gilmore
- Past President – Dana Carlson
- Promotions – Tracy Clarke
- Newsletter Editor – Renee Viehmann
- Webmaster – Renee Viehmann
- Historian – Jack Millard
Members at Large
- Dave Whiteside
- Gordon Kuhlne
- Kenny Carraher
- Craig Brookey
- Maridee Green
- Liz Marchiondo
- Alex Khunle
- Craig Brookey (alternate)
- Corinne Fuerst (alternate)
- Ilkan Cokgor (alternate)