January 6, 2021 7:00
Board Meeting @ Live Zoom Meeting
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January 20, 2021 7:00
General Meeting @ Live
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2 – Kimberly Ford
5 – Sophie Rojas
8 – Nate Rupert
9 – Gil Manganaan
10 – Cameron Freelove
11 – Zack March
12 – Dave Whiteside
15 – Jack Millard
16 – Harrison Stemple
18 – Kathy Magnani
26 – Tom Hammett
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Message from the President – Owen Autry
Dear Dolphin Divers of Sacramento,
Happy New Year 2021, I am praying everyday that 2021 will be a great new year! 2020 was a long year starting out with a great diving season, and then the unthinkable, a year I do not think any of us will ever forget. The saddest part for me is not meeting with my fellow divers at Round Table pizza. Well enough of 2020, let us talk about the future and what I hope to see in 2021.
I am hoping for a lot of great diving opportunities and making myself available to go when I can. In the December 2020 Zoom Christmas meeting, Brad laid out the calendar of events for 2021 and the club sponsored dives. The one I would like everyone to put on their calendar is the Labor Day Campout in Ocean Cove. By then we will hopefully be free to roam again and do a lot more camping and diving.
The dive group on Facebook called the Outlaw Divers and Dolphin Dive Shop are both putting together diving for the year as well. The two I am excited about are the Oil Rigs diving from a boat down in southern California as well as a second dive trip to the Bonne Terre Mine in Bonne Terre, Missouri.
I know some of you have planned to go abroad to faraway places, and I am wishing you an exciting time in these foreign lands and the ocean blue.
As your President for 2021, I am going to push to make diving a top priority and send out emails to give you the information you will need to join me and others in the club to explore more diving in 2021.
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 January 20th, 2021 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 in 2021!
President, Greatest Dive Club Ever!!
Happy New Year!! 2020 was a rough year! Here’s to hoping 2021 is 100% better!
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
Member of the Year:
Some years it is so hard to select member of the year because there are so many people who dedicate their time to helping make this club fun for all of us! This year however there was a clear choice… This year one person helped keep us connected and informed during a year of change and transition. I am honored to call Renèe Viehmann our Webmaster, Newsletter Editor, Board Member and most importantly our 2020 Member of the Year!!
Thank you for everyone who participated with the photo contest. Although the process was different the photos did not leave us disappointed. The two categories this year were Any Club Event and Open Category. If you missed the voting here is a peak at what you missed. – Marlyn Sepulveda
Club Event: Above or Below picture from any club event current or past.
Winner: Holly Little – Colt and Summer watching the sunset at Ocean Cove (Labor Day 2020)
Open Category: Your favorite picture (does not have to be club related)
Winner: Owen Autry – Sea Anemone
Check out previous photo contest winners HERE
We have a full calendar of events that we hope to be able to put on this year. Stay tuned for updates based on COVID restrictions.
In the meantime, be sure to join us for our next General Meeting via Zoom!
The California Gull (
The California Gull or seagull can be found from the middle of the U.S., up into Canada almost to the artic circle, and along the western coast of north America from Alaska to southern Mexico. During the summer they inhabit most of the noted area. Wintertime brings them to the coast. As they can, and will, eat most anything, they adapt to where they are living. An example of how adaptable they are is found in the history of Utah. Back in 1848 there was an outbreak of katydids. The little bugs started eating all the crops grown by Mormon settlers. Large flocks of gulls arrived and consumed most of the katydids, saving the settlers from starvation. Salt Lake City has a statue of the gulls and designated the California Gull as the Utah state bird! Several movies have been made covering this historic event.
Gulls can live up to 25 years. Both mom and dad take turns guarding the nest and keeping the eggs warm, feeding chicks, and teaching them to fly. Most nesting and raising of young take place around water. For those of you that have been on our annual Channel Islands trip, you will have visited Ship Rock. There you will find out what happens when thousands of gulls call a small island home. Gulls will eat just about anything. Leave your lunch unattended at the beach and gulls will tear it apart. Garbage dumps, fish cleaning stations, food left behind on the beach or road….well, all will supply a gull with a meal. While they can be a pest at times, they are fun to watch as they fly along rocky shores. Enjoy their beauty.
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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.
Dive Report – Costa Rica by Tom Mischley
12/19/20 – Hopefully, the pictures came through on WhatsApp and computer expect that you are, you were able to download them. Edit the article as you deem necessary.
The trip started in Cozumel diving with Aldora Divers. They maintain their standard excellent operation with steel tanks, Nitrox, 3600+ fills, grouping experienced divers together resulting in 80-90 minute dives at the usual plethora of dive sites available in Cozumel. The highlight was Punta Sur, basically diving to a reef at 60′ in the open ocean, heading down and cruzin with the current. Missed out on a north Adventure Dive due to conditions. Due to winds and erratic weather, the port was closed several days, so only got in 10 dives in two weeks. Very much enjoyed bicycling around the island with my daughter, stopping at the Money Bar for happy hour. We actually rented bicycles for the week. As Cozumel now has a bike lane on the south hotel zone, it was totally cool to bike to town for dinner at the excellent cheap restaurants and return along the ocean. New recommendation is AzulMadera *, totally delicious and not expensive.
Second leg of the trip is to Costa Rica, Guanacaste Province, Playa Flamingo where I am enrolled in a Spanish school and staying with a CR family. Pura Vida! and Pico Gallo.
This weekend offered the first opportunity to dive. One of the local operators surviving the pandemic, Pacific Coast Dive Center, has an excellent operation here. A nice full size boat with head. Dive masters have PADI instructor status. The main dive site here is Cataline Island, (fyi catalina is poop in Spanish)! At this time of year, in addition to manta rays the main attractions are white tip reef sharks. Due to the water temperature, it’s a combination of colder Pacific Ocean flora? (Coral) and warm water fauna, i.e. fish you will see in the Caribbean.
Due to winds, the visibility was only 10’…think Monterey, but the plethora of life within our limited vis was rewarding… moray’s, octopus, nudibranchs, rays, tremendous variety of fish. Water temp was 75, but due to dive time of 50 minutes :-(, my 3ml with hood separate hood and vest was totally adequate. Extremely nice was to get on the boat and it was warm!!
C.R. on the coast seems slightly more expense than Cozumel. A beer at a beach bar cost $3.33.Unless you are staying at an all-inclusive, a car is needed to have the freedom to explore the local restaurants, volcanos, mangroves, rivers, etc… Unlike Cozumel, the mountain spring water here is completely safe to drink as are the vegetables to eat.
The beaches and restaurants are empty… South of here is Cano Island and Manuel Antonio national park. So now is an excellent time to plan your trip. Get down here before rainy season starts in May!
12/20/20 – Wanted to follow up with a summary of today’s dives as one was fantastic!
First dive with a female DM, two women and a DM trainee looked promising. I thought, great, DM’s and women, all of whom should consume air very slowly. Initially, saw a white tip reef shark cruising around us. Highlight was some large manta rays flipping there way over our heads. The dive went poorly from then on. The two “Vacation divers” got so excited and erratic they blew through their air. Since the other DM was a trainee, the DM said he could not stay down with me. So, up we went as a group….me still with ample air.
After a “discussion” on the boat, the 2nd dive was reconfigured to the DM, Rachel, Laura, an experienced diver and myself. This turned out great. Saw another white tip, various schools of fish, couple of morays, then were blown away with the manta rays that cruised overhead. They were GIGANTIC! 12′ wing span at least. We basically settled on the sea floor at 40-50′ and enjoyed this unique display of sea life. Closest came to within 6′ feet. Came up to a large comfortable boat, warm blue skies and then a display of devil rays jumping out of the water.
Message to all: Plan that trip now… the airfare is cheap, the resorts are not crowded, the people are very friendly, all areas but especially the tourist areas are very COVID conscious…requiring temperature checks, feet wiping, hand sanitizing, masks. The greatest danger is the Americans that don’t follow the rules, but their easy to spot and avoid!
Regards to all!!
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
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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)