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June 3, 2020 7:00
Board Meeting @ Live via Zoom Conferencing
June 17, 2020 TBD
General Meeting @ Round Table Pizza 9500 Greenback Lane, Folsom, CA
June 7, 2020 POSTPONED
SCUBA Challenge @ Folsom Lake
July 19 – July 22, 2020 Channel Islands – Vision Live-a-board dive trip

July 5 – Matt Stemple
July 6 – Samantha Hebert
July 10 – Brooke Hudson
July 13 – Jessica Lampela
July 16 – Atakan Cokgor
July 22 – Clayton Lee
July 25 – Jason Moore
July 31 – Emmanuel Chavez
July 31 – Brittania Junes

Jason Harris
Mark Brady
Debra Anderson
Michael Craggs

Message from the President – Owen Autry


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Dear Dolphin Divers:

Hope everyone is safe and doing well. The club is trying to come up with dates and events that we can do under the new guidelines in California. Until then I wanted to share with you my trip this March 2020, before the shutdown of the world. I got the opportunity to join a group I had never met before and by the end of the trip we are all great friends and have continued to enjoy talking to and sharing our lives together during the Quarantine. We are all Facebook friend and have even set up a google page to load pictures of our trip. I met divers from Canada, Spain, Finland, Norway and many from the USA.

My trip started flying down to Cabo San Lucas and then getting on two vans and diving north for two hours to Cabo Pulmo a small sanctuary diving reef that has a story on YouTube you may enjoy:

I spent three days diving and enjoying my new friends and beautiful reef. My first encounter with Bull Sharks. Even saw one attacking and eating a large fish, which I will say took my breath away only being 6 feet away from it. They are so fast attacking and devouring the fish that it caught me completely off guard. I never got the opportunity to see the biggest attractions there which is the schooling Jacks that divers can swim into the center and get a thrill of a lifetime.

On March 5th we drove back to Cabo to board the Salomar V and traveled on the ship to the Socorro Islands. I was on the ship for 8 days and enjoyed the great food, cocktails, and the terrific crew and other divers. I do not have a video I can load onto the page so I again will rely on You Tube to give you an idea of what I saw while on the ship.

You want to dive with big sea creatures, this trip will give you the experience of a lifetime. I am hopeful when we can meet again, I can share my videos and pictures.

I am looking forward in seeing all of you soon and I know the Board is coming up with some fun dive adventures and getting back together.

Bubbles up!!
Owen Autry
President, Greatest Dive Club Ever!!


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!!
-Renee


Due to COVID-19, All events and meetings in June were cancelled or postponed. Stay tuned for updates regarding June meetings and events.



Inland Lobster Feed/Lake Natoma Dive CANCELLED
(usually July/August)

Unrelated to the Corona Virus shut down we will not be able to hold our dive and picnic at Negro Bar, Lake Natoma, this summer ☹ The Negro Bar picnic area is undergoing a complete reconstruction with new restrooms, picnic tables with sun covers and handicapped access. Unfortunately this work is not scheduled to be completed until some time in October. As my mother-in-law used to say: “Another disappointment”


Channel Islands Live-a-Board (Vision)
CANCELLED
Santa Barbara July 19-22, 2020  

I regret to report that because of concerns over social distancing the Channel Islands dive trip this year has to be canceled. There is just no practical way to maintain any safe space between divers on a dive boat. We have extended our deposit with Truth Aquatics to 2021 and hope by then it will again be safe to participate in close group activities.   If you have paid a deposit, or payoff, for this trip please let me know if you prefer a refund, or if you would like to leave your money for the trip next year. If you choose to leave your full payment I will leave you in a preferred berth. If you would like a refund I will remove you from the roster and your berth will be reassigned to someone who has paid in full. Berths are assigned with full payment.   I know for many of us (including me) this trip is one of our favorite activities every year. I am sad, and sorry, that we will not be able to enjoy it this year.
Please stay safe and well,  
Jack Millard


Memorial Day Camping & Diving RESCHEDULED
Albion River Campground
August 7th-9th, 2020
Event organized by Ken Takata

The campground is now reopened with some COVID restrictions. So, i have rescheduled our cancelled memorial day event to august 7-9. We have 8 campsites set aside for our club at the Albion river campground (albionrivercampground.com). Currently, all the campsites reserved for dds been booked by our members. However, if you wish to try to book a campsite, you must call the campground and identify yourself a belonging to the dolphin divers of Sacramento group. If available, the campground will try to assign you to a campsite near the rest of the group. Our group is assigned campsites C-8 to C-11 and C-34 to C-37. The campground’s telephone number is (707) 202-5608. Please let me know as soon as you reserve a campsite.
If COVID cases rise in Mendocino county due to tourism, local health regulations may force us to cancel the event.
Albion River Campground
http://albionrivercampground.com/
Telephone # (707) 937-0606
Please let me know if you have any questions.


Dear Fellow Divers,

Summer is here and it’s time to pull your Total Diving System out of the closet and dust if off for your next exciting dive trip! You have been waiting all winter, marking your calendar and maps in anticipation for your next adventure, and now you’re finally about to dive in. On shore or on your dive boat, you turn on your tank when suddenly, your second stage begins to free-flow and your BCD is not holding air. After the universal first troubleshooting step – banging on the offending piece of gear – you realize that the dive is wasted. There is nothing more frustrating than watching all your dive buddies out having the dive of a lifetime while you’re stuck on shore or as an “honorary third mate” on your dive boat. That dive is always the one dive buddies come out saying, “Wow! I have never had so much visibility!” or the best line, “Oh man, did you see all the life down there!?”.

No doubt, you see by now how important your Total Diving System is to keep you safe and how crucial it is to keep your equipment in top condition. The SSI Equipment Service Program is a complete maintenance program designed to keep the components of your Total Diving System performing to the best of its potential. One thing I cannot stress enough is having your equipment serviced annually. All main SCUBA manufacturers have a regular service interval. During your first year of ownership, you will need to bring in your system for it to be performance tested. Performance testing is completed on equipment that is in excellent condition and is still within the manufacturer’s required servicing deadline.  Performance testing includes a pre-testing evaluation, basic cleaning, needed adjustments to meet manufacturer specifications, and submersion-testing to detect air leaks. The next year, you will bring in your equipment for an Annual Service. Annual Services consist of a service evaluation, a complete disassembly, cleaning, and rebuild according to manufacturer specifications using appropriate service part kits. All equipment is adjusted to within the required manufacturer specifications and submersion-tested to detect air leaks.

Even with all the prevention you can complete in place – things happen. I, for one, know that a long crawl out of Monastery Beach wreaks havoc on my gear. Let’s be honest – we all don’t take care of our gear as much as we would like to one hundred percent of the time. It’s those long days of diving (and the events, or the exhaustion later!) that makes gear sit in the car longer than it should, which will cause issues in the long run. Now, if only you knew what was causing your gear issues and how to  fix them appropriately! There is an easy way to counteract this ever-present problem: The SSI Equipment Techniques Program provides divers with the basic knowledge and skills needed to select equipment that meet their diving goals and needs, and how to clean, maintain, and store their equipment. The tools and techniques from this program will help divers improve their dive performance and will aid in increasing the longevity of your gear. Because investing in SCUBA equipment is not cheap, knowing that your gear is functioning will make you more comfortable underwater. You will also be able to fix low-level issues underwater instead of going back to the surface or cancelling the dive.

Quick Tip: When you have your equipment serviced or repaired, take along your SSI Total Dive Log so that your service technician can record the last dive(s) completed. This information will be valuable should you decide to upgrade your equipment later down the road.


Pacific Wolf Eel – Submitted by Brad Freelove

Dive the waters of California long enough and you are bound to run into a Pacific Wolf Eel.
The Wolf Eel is not an eel but a fish. When born, they spend the first 2 or so years of their life floating around on or near the surface. Then they head to the bottom and live under rocks and in crevices hoping to stay out of sight. They have strong jaws that they put to good use on sea urchins, crabs, and a host of other bottom living creatures. Any fish that eats urchins is my buddy!
Mr. Wolf has very few natural enemies. An octopus can give a wolf eel a run for their money, sometimes chasing the fish out of their home. Seals and some fish will try and make a meal out of a small wolf eel. Man takes a small number of eels. Divers have become educated enough to understand that the wolf eel mate for life. Seldom will you see a diver take one for dinner. Photos yes! Dinner NO!
Wolf eels are very protective of their 10,000 eggs. Once the little ones migrate down from the surface to the bottom, they go on an eating frenzy. They can grow to over 8 ft. in length and almost 90 lbs. They present an uncommon and delightful meeting opportunity for divers. I have spent entire dives watching them. With patience, you can coax them out of their home and get some great photos. Gather up some of their favorite food and make an offering to the wolf. You might be rewarded with an up close and personal encounter.


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SCAMPI PASTA

Submitted by Renee Viehmann
Click here for direct link to recipe

Buttery and lush with garlic, this dish, though simple to prepare, feels indulgent.

YIELD: Makes 4 servings ACTIVE TIME: 10 min TOTAL TIME: 20 min
INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lb peeled and deveined large shrimp (raw; 20 to 25 per lb)
4 large garlic cloves, left unpeeled and forced through a garlic press
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 lb capellini (angel-hair pasta)
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
PREPARATION
Bring a 6- to 8-quart pot of salted water to a boil.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking,
then sauté shrimp, turning over once, until just cooked through, about 2 minutes, and transfer with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Add garlic to oil remaining in skillet along with red pepper flakes, wine, salt, and pepper and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, 1 minute. Add butter to skillet,
stirring until melted, and stir in shrimp. Remove skillet from heat.

Cook pasta in boiling water until just tender, about 3 minutes. Reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water,
then drain pasta in a colander. Toss pasta well with shrimp mixture and parsley in large bowl, adding some of reserved cooking water if necessary to keep moist.

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The purpose of this column is to share the experiences and opinions of your fellow divers on dive equipment. Your board believed that this information might help you make informed decisions on your next equipment acquisition. Be aware that this review is only a personal opinion and that all divers vary in their physical size, type of diving activities, experience, abilities, and personal preferences.

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 won’t work for us.

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)

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June 3, 2020 7:00
Board Meeting @ Live via Zoom Conferencing
June 17, 2020 TBD
General Meeting @ Round Table Pizza 9500 Greenback Lane, Folsom, CA
June 7, 2020 POSTPONED
SCUBA Challenge @ Folsom Lake
July 19 – July 22, 2020 Channel Islands – Vision Live-a-board dive trip

8th – Jordon Oja
9th – Marylin Campbell
12th – Kim Hurley
14th – Paula Guzman Delgado
14th – Chelsae Moltrum
14th – Jamie Sepulveda
15th – Emily Oja
19th – Mike Melvin
22nd – Jeff Ford
22nd – Kim Taylor
23rd – Tom Oja
27th – Margie Tomenko
28th – Amy Rojas
30th – Mark O’Hair

None This Month


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Message from the President – Owen Autry

Dear Fellow Divers,
Hello from your new President, Owen Autry. Wow! It is June 2020, and I never expected we would not be diving or meeting as a group, Dolphin Divers of Sacramento. Although there is nothing happening with the club, a lot has been going on with the Board and getting our new Board together. I would like to thank the members that contributed last year and send a special thank you to the new members and those that came back to be tortured by me this new
diving year.

I would like to mention our big club dive trip to the Channel Islands is right around the corner! I am inviting you to join us in what I think is a great way to get to know the other members, rekindle old relationships, build new ones, and do some unlimited diving. The nice thing is you can dive as much, or as little as you like. Please click here for more information.

Are you a member or want to be a member? Please, take a moment to print our 2020-2021 membership application from the website at www.dolphindivers.org , fill it out and send it in with payment to P.O. Box 112, Orangevale, CA 95662. Our club membership renewal is normally in April, and we PROMISE to have a FREE PIZZA meeting when we can meet again.  There will be applications at the next meeting as well, but it would help our club if you could send in your application ASAP.

I am excited to maneuver the USS Dolphin Club though this next year, and with your support and camaraderie, the Board and I look forward to meeting again soon. Please keep you and your family safe during this time in our lives.
Bubbles up!
-Owen Autry, President


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!!
-Renee


Due to COVID-19, All events and meetings in May were cancelled or postponed. Stay tuned for updates regarding June meetings and events.



Inland Lobster Feed/Lake Natoma Dive CANCELLED
(usually July/August)

Unrelated to the Corona Virus shut down we will not be able to hold our dive and picnic at Negro Bar, Lake Natoma, this summer ☹ The Negro Bar picnic area is undergoing a complete reconstruction with new restrooms, picnic tables with sun covers and handicapped access. Unfortunately this work is not scheduled to be completed until some time in October. As my mother-in-law used to say: “Another disappointment”


4th Annual SCUBA Challenge POSTPONED
Folsom Lake Folsom Point
TBD
Event organized by Brad Freelove

The 4th Annual Dolphin Divers SCUBA Challenge has been postponed until large gatherings are permitted.  Hopefully sometime in late June or early July.  If we have no increases in COVID-19 cases over the next 3 weeks, the Board can OK a date.  
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On June 7th, come join the fun at Folsom Point. Test your ability against others in using your compass, building something underwater, finding lost treasure,and other fun stuff. There will be prizes and a potluck BBQ after the event. We will be sending out additional information starting in April. Last year we had 7 diver teams participate and over 25 members showed up just for the after-dive festivities.
Join us for a ton of fun!
-Brad

Channel Islands Live-a-Board (Vision)
Santa Barbara
July 19-22, 2020
 
There are several spots left on our 2020 Channel Islands dive trip on the Vision. Our trip will be 4 days from Sunday, July 19 to Wednesday, July 22. We will head to Catalina Island for the warmer water and (hopefully) the Giant Black Seabass and dive sites at Ship Rock and Farnsworth Banks. There are always a few hunters and photographers/videographers on our trips, but this is a trip for everyone so we will go where the conditions are best for general diving.
Member cost is $800.00. This annual trip is our biggest fun(d) raiser for the year and an excellent time for great diving and to get to know all your Dolphin buddies a little better. Bottom time is limited only by your nitrogen loading and how many times you want to dive. If you are a new diver this is probably the best way for you to practice your skills while diving with more experienced club buddies. The scenery along the islands is so beautiful we are often joined by non-diving family members. The crew takes excellent care of us and it is unbelievable how good the food is coming from the tiny galley.
You can make a $100.00 deposit, payments or payoffs any time, but hurry because space is limited. Specific berths are only assigned when the berth is fully paid. All payments are refundable in event of cancellation up to June 1st. After this refunds will only be made when your spot is filled, unless there is a cancellation for safety or the Covid travel restrictions are still in place, or resumed. If this happens all payments will be refunded (unless you ask to save them for our next charter). Mail your check to the club PO Box or give it to me or the treasurer at a meeting. I’ll tell you more at the meetings and in the “Bubbles”. When you sign up I’ll also send you information about the specifics of the trip and what you can expect. You can check the club website for previous trip reports in our archived Bubbles. 
– Jack Millard


Memorial Day Camping & Diving RESCHEDULED
Albion River Campground
August 7th-9th, 2020
Event organized by Ken Takata

The Albion River Campground Memorial Day event has been rescheduled for August 7, 8, & 9.  Reservations for some of our  Memorial Day campers had to be cancelled because of scheduling conflicts with the new dates.   So, a number of campsites in our group’s cluster are vacant and now available.   If you are interested in joining us, please let me know and call the Albion River Campground to reserve one of the sites in our cluster.  When you reserve a campsite, let the campground know you are with the Dolphin Divers of Sacramento group.  They will do their best to assign you a vacant site within our cluster or in a nearby site.  The campsites assigned to our group are:  C8, C9, C10, C11, C34, C35, C36, and   C37.  I plan to arrive on Friday (8/7) afternoon and depart on (8/10).
Here’s information on the campground:
Albion River Campground
http://albionrivercampground.com/
Telephone # (707) 937-0606
Please let me know if you have any questions.


Summer is here. Time to dive! Before you drive or fly to your favorite dive location, remember to practice safe diving. First rule of being a safe diver is to be a smart diver. Be a smart diver and make sure that you and your equipment in good shape?

Hopefully, you have used the past couple months to get out and exercise. Are you in good shape? Cardiac events are involved in many diver emergencies. Are you smart enough to realize that you need to shed off a few pounds of flesh? Check with your doctor if you have any doubts about your ability to dive. Your doctor can make suggestions based on your current health. So, enough about getting off the couch and getting some exercise.

Your doctor says that you are fit enough to dive. Has it been a while since you made your last dive? Maybe a refresher course would help you out. Those unused diving skills can be “refreshed” with a small amount of time at your local dive shop (LDS). Not only will you remember some of your forgotten skills, but your LDS employee can update you on changes in equipment and training. Take the time to relearn those skills in a safe environment……..a pool.

Ok, your doc has said that you are good to go for scuba diving and your skill level is sufficient. What about your equipment? Lay your equipment out and look for problems. Straps that need replacement. Gauges that do not work. Wetsuit shrunk? Zippers that do not zip. Batteries need replacing? Get batteries approved by the manufacturer of the equipment. If you have any doubts on how to judge the condition of your equipment, get some help. Your LDS can help you with just about anything. That includes taking a class on how to take care of your own equipment. Rebuilding a regulator is something left to those with the proper knowledge, tools, and parts. But replacing a mask or fin strap is not all that tough to do if you learn how. Learn how to take care of your equipment.

So now that your equipment is in good shape, your body is in good shape, and your skills are refreshed, come join your fellow dive club members for a dive. Join us for a dive in local waters. Join us for a trip to Ocean Cove or Albion. If you really want to have some fun, come join us for our Channel Islands dive. 4 days of diving, eating, and having a ton of fun!


The California Giant Sea Cucumber – Submitted by Brad Freelove


If you dive in the ocean long enough, you are bound to run into a sea cucumber. As the name implies, they look like a cucumber or a pickle. There are about 1,250 species of these critters inhabiting the oceans around the earth. Fully grown, the range in size from less than an inch to over 6 feet long! In California waters we are fortunate to have the giant red sea cucumber. Our local cuke does not grow much past 16 inches long but they do get to be almost 2 inches in diameter.
Sea cucumbers have some distant cousins (phylum echinoderms) that you might know. Urchins, star fish, and sand dollars are all related to sea cucumbers. Our big red local guy likes calm waters. You can find him (or her) walking around the bottom on lots of tiny tube feet. They are omnivores…..eating both plant and animal material. In turn, cucumbers are eaten by some starfish, otters, and humans.
I have eaten sea cucumbers a few times. Fresh out of the water and dipped in a special sauce, it’s like chewing on a rubber band dipped in a special sauce. However, much of the rest of the world enjoys eating them. You can order them from some restaurants. Some seafood stores sell them. Costco sells them dried and in a bag of 16 ounces. Cost is about $40 – $50 US.
If you want the really fresh stuff, tag along on our Channel Islands trip in July. Ken Takata will bring up a few cucumbers and whip up his special dipping sauce. You might even like it……or not!


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NAMAKO (SEA CUCUMBER) – JAPANESE STYLE

Submitted by Ken Takata
Click here for direct link to recipe
Namako or Sea Cucumber is a traditional Japanese New Year’s dish. It is sliced into thin strips and eaten raw with a citrus/soy sauce dip called Ponzu. Like eating Oysters on the half shell, Namako is a developed taste and not to everyone’s liking. You can prepare the Ponzu Sauce yourself or purchase it in the Asian Food section of your grocery store. The flavors of Ponzu sauces can vary depending on the chef’s preferred ingredients. The Ponzu recipe provided below comes from a chef from Japan. Sea Cucumbers are a diverse group with some species too tough to consume. California’s Namako are soft bodied and edible.

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Salmon & Brussels Sprouts – May 2020
– It just so happened that I had some Salmon in the Freezer and Brussels Sprouts in the refrigerator.  So, I tried your Salmon and Brussels Sprouts Recipe tonight.  It was really good.  I modified it a little by adding some capers to the salmon and baking it with a few slices of lemon on top.  I’ll make it again. Thanks, Ken


The purpose of this column is to share the experiences and opinions of your fellow divers on dive equipment. Your board believed that this information might help you make informed decisions on your next equipment acquisition. Be aware that this review is only a personal opinion and that all divers vary in their physical size, type of diving activities, experience, abilities, and personal preferences.

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 won’t work for us.

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

FLEXIBLE SCUBA HOSE: I have used a braided flexible low-pressure hose on my second stage for about 10 years. They are made of polyurethane a liner reinforced with a synthetic internal braiding and covered by a nylon exterior braiding.
PROS:
1) Much less jaw fatigue: They are significantly more flexible than rubber hoses. The stiffness of my old rubber hose forced me to clench my jaws in order to keep the regulator properly positioned in my mouth. The flexible hoses eliminated this problem and reduce my jaw fatigue.
2) With SCUBA gear on, it is easier to locate your second stage: Because of the hose’s increased flexibility, the second stage drapes straight down from the first stage next to your tank. I find it easier to locate because of this consistent attitude. Stiff and springy rubber hoses, on the other hand, tend to position the first stage at varying angles depending on the stiffness of the hose. So, your second stage may be at varying distances from the tank and more difficult to locate.
3) Easier for traveling: Because flexible hoses are so pliable, they can coil up into a smaller package. They are also about 30% lighter than rubber hoses.
CONS: Flexible hoses tend to cost more than rubber hoses


A Nice Way to Spend a Saturday Morning
by Brad Freelove

May 23rd found almost 20 divers and diver groupies at Doton’s Point, Lake Folsom. DDS member Gordon Kuhnle put together a shore dive in the warm waters of Folsom. A chance to get in the water, practice some rusty skills, look for treasure, and have some fun. We were able to park right at the waters edge. After a quick but informative dive briefing by Gordon, the herd was on the move and entered the water. Water temp. was almost 70 degrees. Gordon had made a dive on the 22nd and put out some items on the bottom of the lake. That is what we were looking for. He had already placed 4 diver floats and flags on the surface so we should be safe from crazy boaters…..right?

If your U/W navigation skills were decent, you had no problem finding the items that were on the bottom. But the dive was not so much about finding stuff but for getting back with friends. Yes, we did kind of stay away from each other on the shore. Still, nice to see friends that I had not seen in person in several months. Facebook is ok but not the real deal.

In many of the dives that Gordon puts on, this guy showed up. He goes my many names and state and county park rangers know him on sight. I hope he is around for many years.

Gordon did put out some nice prizes. After 45 minutes or so of diving, I went back to the shore and found that CRAZY BOATERS had infested the lake. 60 mph up and down the lake. I kept waiting for a couple of them to crash into each other. Happily, that did not happen.

Many thanks to Gordon for putting on the dive and to all our friends that joined us.


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)

Do you have some diving, camping, fishing items that you’re no longer using? Send your items along with photos, description and price to the newsletter editor for inclusion in the monthly newsletter.

2013 Arctic Fox Cab Over Camper

Ordered new from factory. Always stored indoors except when using. Meticulously maintained. This is the best quality unit you can get! Hard to find. Also the largest! Need 1 ton dually truck!

For more details:
https://sacramento.craigslist.org/rvs/d/ryde-2013-arctic-fox-1150-truck-camper/7128586166.html

Truck also available.

For more information call or email Holly 530-219-5415


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May 6, 2020 7:00
Board Meeting @ Live via Zoom Conferencing
May 20, 2020 CANCELLED
General Meeting @ Round Table Pizza 9500 Greenback Lane, Folsom, CA
May 22- May 25, 2020
CANCELLED Memorial Day Camping @ Albion River Campground
June 7, 2020 TENTATIVE SCUBA Challenge @ Folsom Lake
July 19 – July 22, 2020 Channel Islands – Vision Live-a-board dive trip

5/5 – Corinne Fuerst
5/6 – Summer Carlson
5/10 – Kristen Patchett
5/14 – Kenny Carraher
5/23 – Hannah Furtak
5/24 – Darin Hunter
5/27 – Marlyn Sepulveda
5/30 – Liz Marchiondo

John Cunninham


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Hey Dolphin Divers!
Diving has been kind of slow lately thanks to the “shelter-in-place” restrictions. Still, a couple members have managed to get out and make a dive or two. Hopefully, we all will soon be able to head off to Monterey, Catalina, or Ocean Cove and get in the water. If you have not yet had your equipment serviced for your anticipated diving needs, you might want to contact Dolphin Scuba or your favorite local dive shop and get that done. At some point, we will be diving.

When our restrictions are relaxed, we will again start holding meetings. Until that happens, know that the Dolphin Divers of Sacramento Board officers are still on the job. Our newsletter will go on as scheduled and we will be sending out a group email or two between monthly newsletters just to let you know of anything major taking place with the club.

The Board wishes you a safe and fun springtime. Take care of yourself and your family and we look forward to resuming our diving adventures.
-Your 2020ish Board of Directors

Message from the Editor – Renee Viehmann

Welcome to the newest edition of the Current Bubbles Newsletter! You’ll notice a new format from last year. This year the newsletter is built within our existing website! The benefit to this format is that we will be able to historically store our newsletters within the website and not have to worry about having to maintain the past newsletters in a third party such as Constant Contact (a very popular newsletter service) or Sway, where Matt built the newsletter last year. We are now self contained!! Plus, it’s FREE!!! In addition, you should be able to view the entire newsletter easily on your computer or mobile device. If you prefer to print out your newsletter and read in the bathtub (where dropping it doesn’t mean electrocution or a new $1,000 phone), simply click on the link above and a PDF version will open (hint, print double-sided to save paper).

Since this is my first attempt at this format, I anticipate some bugs along the way so please feel free to let me know if I missed any errors. Also, let me know how you like the new format. If you see an opportunity for improvement, let me know! I will look into it and see if your suggestions will work.

Finally, since we always want to expand our membership, the Board has agreed that we should definitely share our newsletter with non-members. If you know someone who would like to keep updated on the club happenings, feel free to tell them about it and they can subscribe to receive updates in their email by filling out the subscription form and the bottom of the newsletter or the “Subscribe Here” form on the right sidebar just under the Dolphin Scuba Center logo.

Thanks for the continued opportunity to serve you. I hope you like it!!
-Renee


Due to COVID-19, All events and meetings in April have been cancelled or postponed. Stay tuned for updates regarding May meetings and events.

Easter Egg Hunt – Monterey, CA March 21, 2020 CANCELLED
Our annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt in Monterey was canceled because of the risk of spreading the Corona Virus.

Next year all this should be behind us and we will once again be able to hunt for the rare underwater Easter Eggs. Stay safe!  Jack



Memorial Day Camping & Diving CANCELLED
Albion River Campground
May 22 – 25, 2020
Event organized by Ken Takata
COVID-19 CANCELLATION OF MEMORIAL DAY EVENT AT ALBION RIVER CAMPGROUND
It is with regret that I am cancelling our traditional Memorial Day campout at the Albion River Campground. The campground is temporarily closed because of Mendocino County’s “Shelter In Place” orders. At this time, all State Parks and beaches are closed to the public. The parking lots are closed, and no roadside parking is allowed. No campgrounds are open anywhere in Mendocino County. It is
uncertain if the “Shelter In Place” order will be lifted for Memorial Day. Even if the campground was to reopen for Memorial Day, campers from all over the U.S. may come to the campground.

They may not have been under the strict containment restrictions as us and pose a health risk. The uncertainty over the campgrounds availability and potential health risks have led to my decision. I may lead another event to Albion after the COVID-19 crisis has abated. Stay tuned.
-Ken Takata


4th Annual SCUBA Challenge TENTATIVE
Folsom Lake Folsom Point
June 7, 2020
Event organized by Brad Freelove

The 4th Annual Dolphin Divers SCUBA Challenge is scheduled for June 7 at Folsom Pt. Right now the park is closed to all vehicle traffic but open to foot traffic only if you live locally. As we get closer to June 7, we will evaluate our options and let everyone know if we can still hold the event. Right now, all we can do is wait this out.

Watch for emails about the event as we approach June 7.

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On June 7th, come join the fun at Folsom Point. Test your ability against others in using your compass, building something underwater, finding lost treasure,and other fun stuff. There will be prizes and a potluck BBQ after the event. We will be sending out additional information starting in April. Last year we had 7 diver teams participate and over 25 members showed up just for the after-dive festivities.
Join us on the 7th of June for a ton of fun!
-Brad

Inland Lobster Feed/Lake Natoma Dive CANCELLED
(usually July/August)

Unrelated to the Corona Virus shut down we will not be able to hold our dive and picnic at Negro Bar, Lake Natoma, this summer ☹ The Negro Bar picnic area is undergoing a complete reconstruction with new restrooms, picnic tables with sun covers and handicapped access. Unfortunately this work is not scheduled to be completed until some time in October. As my mother-in-law used to say: “Another disappointment”

Channel Islands Live-a-Board (Vision)
Santa Barbara
July 19-22, 2020
 
There just a few spaces left on our 2020 Channel Islands dive trip on the Vision. After the tragic loss last year of the Conception Truth Aquatics has offered us a charter on the Vision. The Vision is a larger boat than the Conception with a little more room all around. The layout is the same, just stretched a little. After the fire on the Conception the Vision and Truth boats have both been upgraded with fire retardant paints and materials and changes in operating procedures. This trip will again be for 4 days from Sunday, July 19 to Wednesday, July 22. This year we will head back to Catalina for the warmer water and (hopefully) the Giant Black Seabass and dive sites at Ship Rock and Farnsworth Banks. There are always a few hunters and photographers/videographers on our trips, but this is a trip for everyone so we will go where the conditions are best for general diving.
 
Member cost is $800.00. This is about $300 less than the suggested rate! This annual trip is our biggest fun(d) raiser for the year and an excellent time for great diving and to get to know all your Dolphin buddies a little better. Bottom time is limited only by your nitrogen loading and how many times you want to dive. If you are a new diver this is probably the best way for you to hone your skills while diving with your more experienced club buddies. The scenery along the islands is so beautiful we are often joined by non-diving family members. The crew takes excellent care of us and it is unbelievable how good the food is coming from the tiny galley.
 
You can make a $100.00 deposit, payments or payoffs any time, but hurry because space is limited. Specific berths are only assigned when the berth is fully paid. All payments are refundable in event of cancellation up to June 1st. After this refunds will only be made when your spot is filled. Mail your check to the club PO Box or give it to me or the treasurer at a meeting. I’ll tell you more at the meetings and in the “Bubbles”. When you sign up I’ll also send you information about the specifics of the trip and what you can expect. You can check the club website for previous trip reports in our archived Bubbles.
– Jack Millard
 
 
 

SCUBA DIVING SAFETY & PREVENTING COVID-19

Reading the title of this article probably has the reader wondering what in the world does scuba diving safety have in common with preventing coronavirus 19.  Actually, the two are related in a number of ways.

First of all, each requires a set of basic rules, procedures and knowledge that each person participating must follow if they and others are to remain safe.   Of course, these rules are not the same but they do have some features that are related.  For example, check the weather, observe the dive area, check the water conditions, plan their dive, check their equipment and communicate with their partner both before and during the dive.  While diving they must monitor their depth, monitor their air, maintain proper buoyancy, remain aware of their surroundings and the other facts important to their safety.  At the end of the dive they must ascend properly.  If the dive requires decompression stop, they must make the proper stop at the correct depths for the correct amount of time.  To disregard the stop or shorten the stop time would be very dangerous.  Even during a dive with no required a decompression stop a stop of 3 minutes   at a depth of 15 or 20 is required.  Again, this is designed to provide an extra margin of safety.

Our efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus 19 also require rules, procedures and knowledge.  Coronavirus 19 is the most contagious virus human kind has thus far been exposed to in modern times.  One infected individual on average will spread the virus to at least three other people.  Spread by microscopic drops of saliva or mucus it can be transmitted from person to person at close range simply by talking.  It also can be spread without direct contact because of its ability to exist on the surface of objects for long periods of time after being left by an infected person.  The virus can be spread by infected people with or without the carrier having any symptoms or knowledge that they are infected and spreading the virus.  Just as scuba diving in the underwater environment, living in a surface environment in which the coronavirus – 19 is active can present a danger that can be a matter of life and death. 

Living safely in a coronavirus 19 environment requires all of us to follow rules, procedures and to gain as much knowledge as we can from the experts in the fields of medicine and epidemiology.  Our national, state and local government officials have ordered us to follow a set of rules and procedures.  Although these were mentioned in the April Bubbles, they bare repeating here with one additional item regarding the wearing of a face mask in public.

You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:

  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand Sanitizer.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you are out of your home avoid close contact (2 meter or 6 feet) with other people and wear a face mask over your mouth & nose.
  • Unless you are a designated essential employee stay home except to get groceries, needed prescriptions, medical supplies and sanitary necessities or the money to buy these items.
  • If you have symptoms stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.  Self-isolate yourself to one room of the home.  Contact your medical provider by phone regarding testing.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Disinfect all packaging of products brought into the home with sanitary wipes.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Another similarity between of efforts to remain safe while diving and our efforts to prevent coronavirus-19 is that the knowledge that supports the rules and procedures we are required to follow are based on factual scientific information.  The actions we are being asked to take have been studied by medical and epidemiological scientists in other countries and states in the USA where the data show that these rules and procedures when strictly practiced work to slow the spread and contain coronavirus-19.  Ending these efforts prematurely will enable the spread coronavirus-19 to reemerge.

As long as we are all under these types of restrictions there will be little or no opportunities to dive or even meet for formal dive meetings, mill around the dive shops, etc.  However, this is a great time to get into a regular exercise routine so you can stay in shape.  Or, go online and take some of the courses offered there by our local dive shops, Dolphin Dive Center and Sac City Scuba.  It is also a good time to inventory, inspect and repair or make plans to replace your equipment.  If you like me you are likely to find a few items that are more read for the Scuba Diving Museum than the next time your dive.   

Dive Safely,

Barry Hurff, Safety Officer

Sources:

  • CDC
  • Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Syndicate
  • Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Surveillance and Containment Measures for the First 100 Patients with COVID-19 in Singapore — January 2–February 29, 2020
  • Weekly / March 20, 2020 / 69(11);307-311
  • On March 13, 2020, this report was posted online as an MMWR Early Release.
  • Yixiang Ng, MSc1*; Zongbin Li, MBBS1*; Yi Xian Chua, MSc1; Wei Liang Chaw, MSc1; Zheng Zhao, MSc1; Benjamin Er, MSc1; Rachael Pung, MSc1; Calvin J. Chiew, MPH1; David C. Lye, MBBS2,3,4,5; Derrick Heng, MPH1; Vernon J. Lee, PhD1,6* (View author affiliations)
  • Viewpoint
  • March 13, 2020
  • From Containment to Mitigation of COVID-19 in the US
  • Stephen M. Parodi, MD1,2; Vincent X. Liu, MD, MSc1,3
  • Author Affiliations Article Information
  • JAMA. Published online March 13, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.3882
  • Article Information
  • Corresponding Author: Stephen M. Parodi, MD, The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente, 1950 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612 (stephen.m.parodi@kp.org).
  • Published Online: March 13, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.3882
  • Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
  • Funding/Support: This work was supported by The Permanente Medical Group and grant R35GM128672 (awarded to Dr Liu) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
  • World Health Organization
  • Considerations for quarantine of individuals in the context of containment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
  • Interim guidance
  • 19 March 2020

STRIPED BASS – Submitted by Brad Freelove



A local favorite for many spero’s and rod/reel sports people, the striped bass… has not always been a resident of California.  Imported to California in 1879 via train, the striped bass made itself at home and never looked back.  Within 10 years of being introduced near Martinez, the bass had developed into a commercially viable fishery.  However, in 1935 all commercial fishing was stopped leaving only sport fishing to enjoy catching and eating this prolific fish. 
Our local waters provide a fine environment for the bass to live and breed.  Spawning takes place in the spring when the water is between 61 and 69 degrees F.  Stripers need to have moderate to swift currents to assist in successful spawning.  A 5 lb. female can produce 180,000 eggs.  A 15 lb. fish can produce over one million eggs.  The fish can live for over 15 years.  The California sport record is a 67.5 lb. monster.  In their native waters back east, they have reached 125 pounds! 

I have taken this fish from the American River, our delta waterways, and the northern San Francisco Bay.  Seals love this fish so be prepared to have some competition if the fur bags are around.  Just remember that the seal is just trying to make a living in his or her backyard.  Stripers can be made into great tacos.  They are very good on the grill, in the pan, and from the oven. Fun to catch and eat, you can’t go wrong with this fish.  There are many guide services available if you want to give the striper a try or you can do your own thing via boat or from shore. Have fun and be safe.


Have a favorite fish or abalone recipe? Submit your recipe (and a photo would be great) to the newsletter editor for inclusion in a future newsletters.

Garlic Roasted Salmon & Brussels Sprouts

Submitted by Renee Viehmann
Click here for direct link to recipe
I found this recipe on Pinterest and it’s a favorite in our house! Yes, I now eat Brussels Sprouts!

*For those who don’t like brussels sprouts, try quartering them, it’s the only way I’ll eat them! If some of the leaves fall off while cutting, that’s ok throw them on he pan as well. They’re yummy when they get crispy!


Officers and Chairs

Members at Large

  • Dave Whiteside
  • Christy Wehri
  • Gordon Kuhlne
  • Kenny Carraher
  • Craig Brookey
  • Steve Gilmore
  • Connor Carlson

Do you have some diving, camping, fishing items that you’re no longer using? Send your items along with photos, description and price to the newsletter editor for inclusion in the monthly newsletter.

Oceanic Biolite Travel BC
This is very light BC for travel.  It has a Dive Alert Plus air horn and an Oceanic Air XS 2 integrated inflator/safe second.  If purchased new, over $425+ for new BC alone.   

– Asking $100 for total package (BC, Dive Alert, Oceanic Air XS 2)
– XL Short Aqualung 3mm wetsuit.   $25

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You know the old saying “ There are old divers, there are bold divers, but there aren’t any OLD BOLD DIVERS”? Well, that’s because the ones that make it for the long haul tend to play it safe. Your board of directors and the CDC think it prudent to cancel (postpone), our March General meeting. I hope you understand the need to act in the best interest for all of our Dolphin family.

Thank you,

Dana Carlson
President, DDS

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