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
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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”
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.
Barry Hurff, Safety Officer
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- Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Surveillance and Containment Measures for the First 100 Patients with COVID-19 in Singapore — January 2–February 29, 2020
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- On March 13, 2020, this report was posted online as an MMWR Early Release.
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- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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)
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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.
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
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
Contact Ken Takata