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
Message from the President – Owen Autry
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.
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!!
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
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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
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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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)