DOCSV Meeting on Feb 19, 2014
Walt ran the meeting this week
We asked for ideas for speakers and topics for future events at the club meetings – if you have an idea, please see a board member – we’d love to hear from you!
Keithen, Mike and Walt did the midweek sunset dive at McAbee on Wednesday; Flat, flat water with 25′+ vis, as far as your flashlight would penetrate; no octopus, but sand dabs, crabs, etc; lots of bioluminescence, very cool
Marcello and Jim; great day at Breakwater on Saturday; horrid dives at Pt Lobos on Sunday – very heavy surge and vis of only ~2 ft.
Jim recently played with the DUI heated undergarments – keep you toasty warm; DUI will demo them at the demo days at Breakwater in June (go to their web site early and sign up if you want to try them)
Jim showed us a great video of diving the barge at Breakwater (most of us didn’t even know there WAS a barge at breakwater…) and gave directions on how to get out to it
Jim is organizing an altitude dive weekend at Tahoe (May 30 & 31); he’s reserved a campsite; sign-up will be on our web site
Next meeting on March 5th – see you there!
Met at Round Table Pizza in SVL at 7:30
- New Members: We welcomed several new members: David and Richard
- Recent Diving:
- Pt lobos on Jan 19th was great with 33 dive club participants and 27 divers in the water; at 25′ there was 2′ vis; at 30′ it cleared to 30+’ vis; the boat was there and took divers around the corner to Blue Fish Cove for some great dives
- Bart went to Florida and dove in Key Largo for great diving (too warm for a shortie!)
- Kayaking: Mike is currently working to perfect his dive-kayaking skills; he’ll talk about diving from a kayak at the club after he gets a few more dives under his belt
- February Shore dive:
- McAbee Beach for a NIGHT Dive
- It’s on Cannery Row between Hoffman and Prescott, right by El Torito’s
- Feb 12 (next Wednesday) at 5:30pm; great site for macro photography!
- If anyone is interested in getting certified as a night diver, contact Mike Davis – he’ll be glad to help you get night diver certified
- Bring 2 lights, a tank light, a compass, and money for Mexican food and/or margaritas after the diving
- We should see lots of octopus!!!
- Details will be on web site shortly; RSVP there
- Upcoming Club Events:
- Bowling night
- Family snorkel
- Kayak diving
- Pt Lobos club dive
- Movie night
- Fish Count
- Day after dive
- Holiday Party
- Additional suggestions??? – please feel free to suggest other events you’d like the club to sponsor or participate in
- New Toy Demo: Mike showed us an IronX camera that partners with a display screen on its paired watch to be able to see what your small camera is shooting. Great above water with a 50′ range; unfortunately, under water the range seems to be < 15″, not really convenient yet…
- Next Club meeting: Feb 19th
This is video I shot on January 19, 2014 at the club’s Point Lobos dive. This was shot with the new Iron X DXG-D01V HD camera. A little blue but I think the camera was easy to use and had some great features. This is the camera I showed everyone on Wednesday’s meeting. Go to http://youtu.be/th28Lb6Lxxw
The new 2014 abalone regulations have been announced. Follow this link to the Abalone pdf published by California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Here is a summary:
* Year-round Fort Ross Area Closure (see map)
* NEW start time: 8 a.m.
* NEW annual limits: Total overall annual bag limit is 18, of which only
9 can be from Sonoma and Marin counties.
For more information, go to Abalone Information at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife