October 7, 2020 7:00
Board Meeting @ Live Zoom Meeting
October 21, 2020 7:00
General Meeting @ Live
Zoom Meeting (click for call in info)
October ??, 2020
Underwater Pumpkin Carving
5th – Lisa Knoles
8th – Don Hansen
8th – Jason Smitt
9th – Steve Volpicelli
10th – Christy Wehri
11th – Morgan Quinton
11th – Troy Quinton
14th – Tracy Clarke
15th – Megan Sauter
15th – Melissa Sauter
16th – Steve Campbell
16th – Connor Carlson
17th – Nathan Garst
19th – Dana Carlson
19th – Julie Stonehocker
22nd – Pam Wade
23rd – Luci Oja
24th – Lorne Green
25th – Dirk Nennstiel
28th – Christian Helisch
29th – Ellie Robbins
Adam Adcock Jr.
Message from the President – Owen Autry
Dear Dolphin Divers of Sacramento,
Well, we did it! Our first general meeting via Zoom was a success. We had guest speaker “Merman Mike” who did a great job talking about how he got started scuba diving and how he dives in the American River looking for valuables people lost and returning them to their rightful owners, to removing garbage from the river as we do during our American River Cleanup dives. He showed us a slide show of his adventures and some of his cool finds. You can catch him on his You Tube channel if you would like to know more. Thanks again to Merman Mike for giving his time and sharing his adventures!
Our Ocean Cove Campout over Labor Day (September 5 th – 7 th ) was a huge success. I would like to thank Bob and Kim Taylor for hosting this year’s campout; you did a great job during a very challenging time, and your hard work is greatly appreciated! Bob and Kim announced at the Sunday evening campfire and raffle they are going to host our Ocean Cove Labor Day trip next year. We are bringing back Mermaid Mona, and are planning a Hawaiian themed party and adventure. More to come about the 2021 campout, so get ready to mark your calendar for next years Labor Day holiday Ocean Cove Campout. It is destined to be a great time!
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,
Our next Dolphin Club Meeting will be held via Zoom on October 21, 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!!
NEW FEATURE!! With this new newsletter format, we are able to utilize our Flickr photo storage site to embed photo albums directly to the newsletter! Check out the Labor Day and GARCU events below. Want your photos to be included? It’s never too late so send them to me!
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Thanks for the continued opportunity to serve you. I hope you like it!!
Great American River Clean-up
Sunday, September 27, 2020
by Brad Freelove
Another Great American River Clean Up is over and done with. When forty or so divers and helpers left the water at River Bend Park, we had near 35 sacks of garbage with us. I estimate about 300 pounds of glass, cans, plastic, radios, clothing, umbrellas, anchors…….and a few cameras, watches, wallets, cell phones, several crawdads, and other assorted forms of treasure were removed from the river.
While the American River Parks Foundation did not have their annual clean up this year, they were supportive of our efforts and wished us well. Rafts were supplied by the folks at American River Raft Rentals. Going on several decades now, ARRR has been a supporter of keeping the river as clean as we can get it. Manager Kent supplied us with all the boats we could use and came down to our departure area to make sure that we had everything we needed. Without his help, this event may not happen.
Once again, Mike Johnson and Dolphin Scuba were there to help us out. As with American River Raft Rentals, Dolphin Scuba has been a strong believer in keeping our waters clean and friendly for all. Mike has donated equipment to both the Parks Foundation and Dolphin Divers to help us pull out all the trash that is left behind by users of the river that just don’t care. This year Mike helped us out by letting his customers know that the event was taking place. As always, THANKS MIKE!
This year we were fortunate to have a new diving group join us on the water. Two local divers, Steve Gilmore and Gordon Kuhnle, have started an informal diving club called “Outlaw Divers.” Without their help, we would have fewer divers and helpers…..and a lot less trash removed from the river. Steve and Gordon were all over the place during our event. Gordon was taking video both above and below the water. Steve recruited over half the divers for our event and provided a barbeque at the end of the trip. I have made a couple dives with this group and Steve and Gordon know what they are doing. If you want to check out their dives and videos, here is how to contact them. You will not be disappointed if you do.
Steve Gilmore firstname.lastname@example.org
Gordon Kuhnle email@example.com
There is a lot of work that goes into making this river dive a success….or a failure. We were lucky to have the help of Jack Millard, Ken Takata, Sandy Cooper, Maridee, Kenny, Owen, Sandy, Ray, and many others that got up and out of bed before the sun did. I met them all at 7 am at River Bend. We handed out parking passes, transferred equipment from one truck to another, and headed to Sunrise.
We got our rafts delivered at 8:30 am and started our dive brief around 9 am. By 9:20 we were in the water and thinking of that GoPro HERO9 camera that we were going to find. We made our brunch stop at the San Juan Rapids. This gives everyone a chance to get their equipment adjusted and grab a quick bite to eat and something to drink. We had about 15 divers that were on their first clean up dive. I was expecting a few problems. I was disappointed! Nothing went wrong! Everyone made it to the rapids safely and no rafts flipped over. NICE!
After a short break, divers and rafters headed down the river towards River Bend, a cold drink, and home. Our new divers did learn that it is hard to keep track of where their boat is and what to do when you find a set of rapids right in front of you. I was fortunate enough to have Owen, Sandy, Ken, Sandy, and Nick with me. We had tied 3 boats together as we went down the river and assisted any diver needing help. We pulled divers out of the water when they were tired, got cramps, needed water to drink, gave them empty bags for more trash and helped them through several sets of rapids too shallow to dive. It was a learning experience for many but all handled it without panic.
At 2:30 pm we arrived at River Bend Park and started the unloading process. Bags were emptied of trash so they can be used next year. Just about all the recyclables were taken away. Crawdads went back to the river.
Everyone gathered up their stuff and made their way home. Well, almost everyone! I left the river about 3:45 pm. Steve Gilmore, along with family and friends, were still there passing out burgers and drinks to any of our group that wanted something. Thanks Steve and Gordon. I wish you and Outlaw Divers great success. I know that I will join you during your events.
Thanks to all those that participated this year. Special thanks to Brooke and Steve. They were on the river longer than most and made sure that no diver got left behind. Always nice to have good help. THANKS YOU TWO! Thanks to Julie Stonehocker for helping out and volunteering to get a raft trip set up for next year. Julie helped us out in February for our Wet Ninja event. She is going to set up a few more events for our members and diving community. Thanks Julie!
I spent the rest of Sunday and part of Monday cleaning up my equipment and cleaning up the 130 bags that we will use next year. I did get a couple text messages from some nameless members. It seems that they had too much fun on the river and need copious amounts of Tylenol, tequila, and rest for their tired and aching bodies. Well, I hope they recover fast! Still lots of diving weather left in the year.
GET OUT THERE AND DIVE!
Check out some photos from the event below:
LABOR DAY CAMPING
September 4-7, 2020, Ocean Cove, CA
Article forthcoming. In the meantime, check out some photos from the weekend below:
Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest
Coming soon…. Details about our Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest! Stay tuned…
To Dive Alone
by Brad Freelove
This weekend, Dolphin Divers of Sacramento held our annual river clean up dive. We had many new faces thanks to the efforts of Steve Gilmore and Gordon Kuhnle. As I floated down the river with Owen, Ken, Sandy, Nick, and Sandy, we made sure that any diver looking tired or thirsty or not sure about how to handle approaching rapids was given help and assistance. Several divers asked if we had seen their diving partner. For those of you that have done this trip before, you know how difficult it is to keep an eye on your partner while the current moves you along the bottom. You often lose sight of your buddy. This can happen in limited visibility diving, swift water, or by plan. I love to hunt fish underwater but do not like to have a one or more divers right behind me while I stalk my dinner. But all of us have been trained to dive with a buddy. You learn it in class, and you practice it during
your dives. Sometimes your dive plans need to adapt to your situation. Diving alone should not scare you. At some point in your diving adventures, it is going to happen. By planning or by accident, being alone in the water is something that you can handle with a little practice and hopefully, a course in diving alone.
Independent diving, solo diving, self-reliant diving. Several different names for the same type of diving. Most, if not all diving certification agencies have courses on how to have a safe and fun dive without a buddy. Yes, you can jump in the water without taking a course, but why? For a little time on your part, you can learn how to do it safely. Your LDS (local dive store) can put you in contact with one of their instructors that has the skill and knowledge to show you how to dive alone. Not a lot of equipment to purchase for this type of diving, just a different mindset. Take a course on how to be an independent diver. It will make you a better diver and prepare you for that time when you go left, and your buddy goes right.
The Mighty Mola Mola
aka Ocean Sunfish by Brad Freelove
Now somewhat rare in California ocean waters, we used to see the Mola Mola quite often in Monterey Bay. There are several different species of the Mola and they are big! At over 5,000 pounds and 14 feet long, they can put on over 800 pounds of weight in just 15 months. When mama Mola gives birth she can produce over 300 million eggs at one time. Expected lifespan is no more than 20 years. When born they are the size of a pin head. They do grow rapidly but look a little like a puffer fish when young. They are related Molas like to eat jellyfish, zooplankton and a few other critters but jellyfish are their favorite.
I have seen them in Monterey and as far north as Pt. Arena but not as often as I used to. It was common to see 15 to 20 of them at one time. They would be around 18 inches up to 6 feet in length. When motoring out from the Breakwater at Monterey, we occasionally see a few of them on the surface laying on their side. They do this to allow sea birds to come and pick at the parasites and infest the skin of the Mola. The last Mola that I found was near the lighthouse at Pt. Arena It was laying on its side on the surface and made no attempt to swim away when we cruised by. It was a small one, just a little over 2 feet long. As man continues to harvest these creatures, they have become a rare sight for most boats and divers.
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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)