March 2021 Current Bubbles Newsletter
March 3, 2021 7:00
Board Meeting @ Live Zoom Meeting
contact a Board member for call in info
March 17, 2021 7:00
General Meeting @ Live
Zoom Meeting (click for call in info)
Paul Rees 2-Mar
Holger Fuerst 6-Mar
Marianne Larsen 7-Mar
Mike Barosso 9-Mar
Loretta Little 12-Mar
Meredith Meschini 13-Mar
Tim Lipscomb 14-Mar
Lee Pickett 14-Mar
Michael Walker 19-Mar
Carol Herrlie 27-Mar
Are you interested in becoming a Dolphin Divers of Sacramento member? Check out our Membership page for more information and to complete your application.
Message from the President – Owen Autry
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Dear Dolphin Divers of Sacramento,
March is upon us and I am flabbergasted how fast 2021 is rolling. I do have some good news; we are starting to dive again, and the water is looking good! I hope some of you are able to go diving with Dolphin Scuba and their leader Steve Gilmore in Monterey on March 20, 2021. Check out his posts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dolphinscubacenter) or call Steve at the shop (916-929-8188) for more information.
March is a nice time of the year as we begin Day Light Savings at 2:00am on Sunday, March 14th – remember to “Spring Forward” and set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on the 13th. Also, in March, we celebrate the “First Day of Spring” on the 20th – the same day we are diving in Monterey. Spring is when the flowers start to bloom, and I do not know about you but my nose starts running from all the pollen, that is…if it has not already started! March 28th is Palm Sunday for those that celebrate Easter. I always loved Easter as a kid, running in the yard looking for multicolored eggs, baskets filled with candy or small toys, and sometimes (if you’re lucky) a dollar or two stuffed in a hollow plastic egg. Whatever your belief, may you celebrate Spring and Easter season with a renewed spirit of making your life fulfilled with wonder and happiness for the rest of the year.
As your current president, 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 March 17th, 2021 at 7:00 pm. That is St. Patrick’s Day so wear green during the day and the meeting, so you do not get pinched! I look forward to seeing more members, and future members, at the next meeting.
Hoping to see you in the water in 2021!
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!!
Spring is just around the corner. Lately, diving has been somewhat limited due to a variety of issues. Things are looking up for divers. While Dolphin Divers has had a limited number of organized events, that is about to change. Starting in March, we have an event each month taking us through September. You can check out the club calendar of events on our website or watch for events noted in emails, on Facebook, and our club newsletter.
Our club safety officer, Steve Gilmore, has a dive planned for March. He will be leading a dive at Monterey. Something about looking for Easter eggs underwater. For more information, please give Steve a call at 916 929-8188.
April will find us back at Monterey. Brad Freelove will be hosting a treasure hunt themed dive. If you cannot make the March dive, come join us for our April dive. You can reach Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May will find Ken Takata leading us to Albion River Campground. Just south of Ft. Brag, you can stay in your RV, pitch a tent, or do the motel thing. A multi-day
event with lots of fun and food, you can reach Ken at email@example.com,
June will find us holding a photography dive. Brad Freelove will lead us to Ocean Cove Ca. If you want to get in a dive or two in a somewhat protected location,
Ocean Cove is the place to do it. If the weather gods do not cooperate, the location may be moved to Monterey. firstname.lastname@example.org.
July and Jack Millard! The club has a 4-day trip on the liveaboard dive boat The Vision! Jack has been leading this trip for a couple decades and promises a ton of fun and great diving. You can get in 20 dives on this trip. Giant Black Seabass will be around. There are only 7 spots left on the boat. Contact Jack at
Memorial Day Dive and Camping Trip
May 28, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Albion River Campground
We have 8 campsites set aside for our club’s annual Memorial Day event at the Albion river campground (http://albionrivercampground.com). The campsites reserved for our group are: d4, d6, d8, d10, d18, d20, d22, and d24. This is a different section (but equally nice) from the c section we usually reserve. Because of COVID restrictions, our campsites are assigned in a checkerboard pattern with a vacant campsite between each site. Look at the campground’s website to see a campsite map, COVID restrictions, cost and refund policies: http://albionrivercampground.com/.
The campground has agreed to “hold” our assigned campsites until April 1. After the April 1 deadline, the campsites will be open to the general public. Don’t wait too long to reserve because the campground is typically filled on Memorial Day.
If you wish to guarantee a campsite with our group, you must call the campground and put down a deposit by April 1st. When you call, identify yourself as belonging to the Takata/Dolphin Divers group. Since it is a group reservation, you will not be able to reserve on-line. Call for reservations at (707) 937-0606 between 9am and 2pm on Thursday through Sunday.
Please let me know as soon as you reserve a campsite.
Channel Islands 2021
We are excited to be able to renew our annual live-a-board dive trip to the Channel Islands! New owners Channel Islands Expeditions has purchased the two remaining boats, the M/V Truth and M/V Vison. We have booked the M/V Vison which is actually bigger than the Conception. Concerned about safety? Check out the Service and Safety page on their website. Scroll down to the section on “Recent Vessel Upgrades” to read about what they have done to make the boat safer along with photos.
The cost for the four day trip is $800 per person. As always berth assignments are made in the order of payoff. The Vision is a larger boat than the Conception with larger berths and more deck space, but the layout is the same with singles stacked in the center and back wall and doubles along each side.
If you want to join us please let us know ASAP! You can sign up by either making a deposit of $100.00 with full payment due by June 1st, or pay $800.00 in full now for a berth assignment. There will be NO refunds after June 1st unless your spot is filled by another diver.
Send your check to:
Dolphin Divers of Sacramento
PO Box 112
Orangevale, CA 95662
You can also make payments via Zelle to email@example.com, or by credit card for an extra 4% to cover the card processing fee. If you want to use a card let me know and I will put you in touch with our treasurer.
- July 24, Saturday Boarding begins at 8:30 in the evening.
- Depart Santa Barbara at 11:00 for an overnight crossing to Catalina Island
- July 25 Sunday Arrive at Catalina Island early in the morning
- Sunday – Tuesday Dive various locations around Catalina Island
- July 27, Tuesday After our night dive we will depart Catalina for the crossing to Santa Cruz Island during the night while we sleep
- July 28, Wednesday We will dive various locations along the island until 2:00, when we depart back to Santa Barbara harbor
We will arrive in Santa Barbara about 4:30 to our vehicles for the trip home. Many of us will stop in Buelton, on the way home, for a motel night and dinner. Others will drive all the way home, arriving in Sacramento after midnight.
Included for the price is all meals and non alcoholic beverages, snacks (lots of chocolate), unlimited air fills, with Nitrox available for an extra charge.
You must provide ALL of your own dive equipment, including a tank and weights. Equipment can be rented from Sea Landing, where the boat is berthed.
When I have received your payment I will send you more information about the trip.
Jack Millard –
The California Sea Otter
For most divers, there is nothing in our ocean cuter than an otter. We are fortunate to have a small population of the little fur balls close to us. Sea otters range from Alaska to Santa Barbara Island in southern California. You can also find them off the coast of Russia and Japan. The California sea otter inhabits our coastal oceans from Half Moon Bay down to Santa Barbara Island. The entire California population is estimated to be around 3,000. Early in
our history, we had a lot more of them, but hunters harvested them to near extinction levels.
Now a protected species, the otter still faces many hazards. Sharks, boat props, fishing line, disease and toxins account for most of the mortality rate. Sharks are believed to be the main cause of death with otters. 60 percent of otter deaths are caused by sharks.
Female otters can start having pups when they reach an age of 3 to 4 years. Pups take about 6 months of gestation and weigh in between 3 and 5 lbs. at birth. They stick close to momma for close to 8 months. When fully grown, females can weigh in at less than 40 lbs. Males around 60. Otters have little fat on their body. With between 850,000 and 1,000,000 hairs per square inch, fur keeps them warm. The otter spends about 10 percent of a day grooming and cleaning their fur. They spend the rest of their day eating and sleeping. Otters need to eat about 25 percent of their body weight each day to stay warm and healthy. Abalone, clams, crabs, mussels, urchins, and other marine creatures make up most of their diet.
While otters are fun to watch and interact with, they have been known to nip a diver. If you happen to run into one, keep your distance. No need to pester the cutest creature in the water.
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Do you like taking photos under water? You might be interested in our sister club Aquatic Image Makers (“AIM”). Below is a message from their fearless leader, Carol Herrlie:
Hello Dolphin Divers:
Your images and participation in AIM is VERY WELCOME! We, AIM, are hoping to be reactivated in the near POST-COVID time. Dolphin Divers have amazing photographers and AIM would love to see your images and learn from you.
If interested in joining our upcoming ZOOM and share images, please reply to me (Carol Herrlie, Facilitator) to the above .
Take Care. Stay Well.
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)