November 4, 2020 7:00
Board Meeting @ Live Zoom Meeting
November 18, 2020 7:00
General Meeting @ Live
Zoom Meeting (click for call in info)
1st – Mark Naber
1st – Gabe Rojas
8th – Barbara Deer
10th – Richard Porter
11th – Pam Carlson
17th – Craig Brookey
18th – Bruce Robbins
19th – Minh Nguyen
21st – Charlie Rojas
22nd – Megan Taylor
23rd – Dennis Little
25th – Ray Brown
25th – Mathew Valdez II
29th – Giulia Marino
Message from the President – Owen Autry
Dear Dolphin Divers of Sacramento,
Happy Thanksgiving to all my family at Dolphin Divers of Sacramento! Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year when families come together and enjoy in sharing and giving of each other during this time of celebration. This year for me, and possibly many of you, is going to be quite different. All of my family has moved away and will be celebrating Thanksgiving with their new families and friends that they have made across the United States. I bring this up because I feel like I have an extended family in all of you, and really have enjoyed building friendships within our club with all of you. Divers are an interesting and diverse group of people, but we all have one thing in common…a love for the water and the marine life that we all get to see under the water. Also, it is the comradery that we enjoy when telling our stories and learning about each other. I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you will be able to enjoy some time together with family and/or friends! Whether a small group or a larger group, remember the love you share with each other carries all year long in our blessing and giving of each other.
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 November 18th, 2020 at 7:00 pm. I am hoping to see more members and future members at the next meeting.
Here’s hoping we can all get into the water soon!
President, Greatest Dive Club Ever!!
APOLOGIES! For my delay in getting the newsletter out this month. Work has been extremely busy not to mention website issues taking time to resolve so I haven’t had the time to devote to the newsletter.
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 Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest
We held the underwater pumpkin carving contest on Oct 25th. The day started off pretty cold, but ended up being a really nice day. We had an awesome turnout at the event. We had about 20 divers in the water and about another 20 people for shore support. Everyone did an amazing job carving the pumpkins. Divers got very creative with their pumpkins and it was a very hard decision to pick the top 3 winners. A special thanks to our ScubaPro rep Joe Geiss for donating all the prizes. All divers got a prize for just showing up and getting into the water. Steve and Alex did a good job manning the grill so that everyone got food.
Annual Member of the Year and Photo Contest
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
The time has come for the Dolphin Divers Fall event that everyone looks forward to! The Photo Contest and Member of the Year!!! This year’s event will be Virtual and the rules have slightly changed so make sure to check out the scoop below.
Open: Submit your favorite picture (does not have to be club related). Have fun with this one, it can be a cell phone pick, your favorite vacation spot or a selfie with your friends.
- One picture per category, per person.
- Label your image with your name and category (e.g. M Sepulveda – Club Event) so we know which category to put your picture.
- Submit your pictures by December 1st to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Starting on December 9th, the viewing and voting will take place on the Dolphin Drivers website www.dolphindivers.org ending on December 14th.
Member of the Year
This is someone you have seen go above and beyond to help make this the best dive club in the Sacramento area.
The winners of the photo contest and Member of the Year will be announced at the next club meeting. Have fun going through your photos!!
Hypothermia While Diving
Now that the weather is changing from warm to cold and we are entering into the winter months. Its a good time to talk about hypothermia while diving. Many of you may or may not know how a wetsuit works. Without boring you with the whole explanation, it basically keeps a layer of water between you and the suit. Your body heats the water and bot-a-bing warmth.
If the suit is too big, too much water will enter the suit and your body will be unable to keep that water warm. If the suit is too small, it is restricting and you will be very uncomfortable. So there is a very fine line we dance around to get the right fitting suit. When you become chilled underwater, you lose functionality, strength, and the ability to concentrate on anything other than your own discomfort. In extreme cases, being cold can lead to hypothermia, which is a harmful drop in body temperature below 95 Fahrenheit (35 C). It can lead to impaired judgment, uncontrollable shivering and, in extreme cases, unconsciousness and possibly even death. In addition, loss of body heat is associated with an increased risk of decompression sickness because when you’re cold, your body constricts its blood vessels in an attempt to conserve heat. In a diving scenario, this means blood off-gasses nitrogen slower than your dive computer or RDP anticipates. Despite the safety risks of becoming cold underwater, however, it will have happened to most of us at some point; it’s an inevitable byproduct in a sport that involves constant contact with water. Water conducts heat away from the body 25 times faster than air, meaning that even in tropical climates we are susceptible to cold, especially in situations involving repetitive dives over a series of consecutive days. Also be sure to ensure that you wear the right amount of neoprene for the water you’re diving in; while a shorty wetsuit might be appropriate for very warm water, in general a thin, full-length suit will offer more warmth than a thick half suit. The more skin that’s exposed, the more skin will be in direct contact with water and the more heat will be drawn away from the body. This principle also explains why dive accessories like hoods, gloves and booties are so useful when it comes to keeping warm underwater. Although your suit and accessories are keys to keeping warm, how you conduct yourself before and after a dive is also a big part of fighting the cold. Maintain as much of your body heat as possible while you’re at the surface — don’t start a dive cold, and warm up as soon as you can thereafter. Water draws heat from your body as long as you’re wet, not just while you’re underwater. The water’s evaporation from your skin also causes heat loss. Windy surface conditions exacerbate this process, so oilskins, rain jackets or any other kind of windbreaker are a good idea for surface intervals. Getting dry is the best way to get warm after a dive — remove your wet wetsuit, towel off and get dressed.
The Blue Whale
Up to 120 feet long and weighing in at almost 200 tons, the blue whale is the largest animal to have ever walked, crawled, swam, or flown on planet earth. With a heart the size of a small car and eating up to almost 6 tons of krill each day, everything about this magnificent creature is BIG! They can live up to 90 years of age and are found in every ocean except the Arctic. Their sonic calls can be heard up to 1,000 miles away. 5 miles per hour is their normal travel speed but they can have short bursts up to 20.
The whaling fishery of the 1900’s hunted them close to extinction. They are now on the endangered list but making a slow comeback. There are still a few blue’s taken each year by some countries and large vessels ruin a whale’s day. Manmade underwater noises can kill a whale and there are legal actions against many countries and companies to get them to stop all the racket in the water. As always, drifting nets and abandoned manmade objects ensnare and kill.
1 Red Pepper or 8 halved cherry tomatoes
1 Small Chopped Onion
2 Minced cloves garlic
2 Trays Mushrooms (approx. 1 lb.)
Mussels – Optional
Scallops – Optional
15 oz. jar of Alfredo sauce (I have used Classico, Bertoli, and Barillia brands. All are OK)
½ c. of Shredded Romano cheese (add more Romano Cheese to taste)
½ c. heavy cream
12 oz linguini pasta (or fettucine)
Lightly Sauté mushrooms, onions, garlic, red pepper in butter or olive oil
Salt, pepper, seafood. Lightly sauté shrimp, mussels, and scallops in olive oil. Sauté mussels first until they open. Then sauté shrimp and scallops very lightly to prevent toughness.
Add heavy cream and Romano Cheese to the Alfredo Sauce. Add sautéed mushrooms, onions, garlic and red pepper to the Heavy Cream, Romano Cheese, and Alfredo Sauce mixture. Heat on low and keep stirring until cheese is blended into the sauce.
Add warm seafood/vegie mixture over hot fettuccini and pour Sauce over it all. Mix and serve.
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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)