P UGET S OUND D EPTH C HARGERS D IVE B RIEFING WWW .PSD EPTH C HARGERS . COM J UNE 2009 I D ON ’ T N EED N O S TINKIN ’ E DUMACATION ! Maybe you have just finished your Open Water course. Maybe it was an Advanced Course you just completed. It might even be that you have been diving for years. What possibly is there more to learn? LOTS! There is always more to learn, even for the most experienced of divers, including instructors. Those have been certified for awhile know that equipment and best practices/ techniques change. Open water classes only provide new divers with the skills and information necessary to dive safely in the best conditions in the least demanding environments. Taking continuing education classes is a great way to update or increase your knowledge base, your skill set, and to increase your confidence to dive in a variety of situations and environments. So, why take a formalized class? How about confidence in the instructional program and the instructor. Often divers who just learn by diving with other divers are not being shown the proper way to dive in those situations. Learning under the guidance of a welltrained dive professional ensures that you are going to be learning the most current procedures, skills, techniques and information. SSI is the only agency that requires divers to dive in order to advance in experience levels. SSI believes that text book learning is great, but, the only way to gain experience is to dive. Having an instructor take you out in controlled situations will help you to build the skills and confidence you need in order to extend your diving experiences. There is no rule against retaking Continuing Education classes. Ask about up coming classes and seminars at the shop. If something you are interested in isn’t listed, we can make arrangements for specialized courses. S PECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST : • • • • • • • • • Mexican Fiesta on May 30 Diva Dive 8 on May 31 Club Meeting on June 3 Dog-n-Dive on June 4 Blackjack Below on June 6 Photo Club Meeting June 11 Rockaway Beach on June 13 Dog-n-Dive on June 18 Club Meeting on July 1 I NSIDE THIS ISSUE : E DUCATION C ORNER C LUB D IVES D IVE R E C APS T RAVEL C ORNER S PECIAL E VENTS 2 B IRTHDAYS Happy Birthday to Cathy Brownell on June 7th, to David Colbeth on June 9th, Tom Stegman on June 12th, to Dick Holdsworth on June 13th, to Jerry Masura on June 14th, to Rick Back on June 16th, to Lowell Thomson on June 19th, to Dan Prengel & Lisa Schmidt on June 21st, to Tracy Sherin on June 22nd, to Roland Ramirez & Matt Dreiling on June 23rd, to Tamara Bernard on June 26th, to Devon King on June 27th, and to Donna Jacobson & Brian Cunningham on June 30th!!!! Is your birthday missing? Let us know when it is by providing the information on the sign-up form circulating at the meeting or let them know at the shop. This is also a great opportunity to get on the email list. 2 5 5 6 P AGE 2 D IVE B RIEFING D OG - N -D IVES —J UNE 4 AND J UNE 18 The world famous Dog-nDives are here for the summer. The idea is that we meet at the shop at 5:30 for some hot dogs and chips and socializing. We figure out buddy teams and then head to a local dive site at about 6 to go diving. These dives are going to happen every other Thursday through the summer. June 4 will be at Three Tree and June 18 will be at Dash Point County Park. Meet at the shop at 5:30 head to the dive sites at about 6:00. B LACKJACK B ELOW —J UNE 6 The pot will start at thanks to the Puget Sound Depth Chargers. $100, the clues, get a hand and see what happens. Winner will take all. Hot dog lunch provided by the club will follow the dive. Bring a pot-luck item to share. Dive briefing at 11:30 am. Dive at noon. Dive leaders Chris Collins and Walt Amidon. $5 bet per diver. All you have to do is place your bet, follow C LUB D IVE R E C AP —E DMONDS U NDERWATER P ARK N ORRANDER R EEF AT R OCKAWAY B EACH – J UNE 13 This is of 7 divers made A total a great rocky reefthe shore dive. Just about as close trip up to the Bruce Higgins to a tropical Trails at Brackett Underwater coral reef as you are likely to EUP. There Landing, akafind. Of course the water isn’t quite as warm were a couple of new faces to and there aren’t any hard go along with some of the corals, club attendees. rock regular but, this is a big Lots reef. It is different from other of ling cod and cabezon were rocky reefs in that a ton of spotted along with it is kind of out in the middle of the sand. nudies. No, they weren’t Kind type of nudies, the a those of a combination of ones underwater. wall dive of a rocky reef. A handfulandthe divers ended You the restaurant up the up atcan actually swim all the way around around the look street sittingthe reef and fire at enjoying a great post the pitthings on both sides ofdive rock. lunch. Apparently someone brought some pretty good The parking here is very, and we mean very, limited. Please This is a current sensitive site, planthe dive is planned forsite. but on carpooling to the slack, so, it should be suitable Bring two tanks and somefor all levels of divers. thing to snack on and enjoy Dive Leaders John Schliethe day. The site is suitable mann and Tracy Klein for all levels of divers. Dive briefing at 11:30 am Dive briefing at 9:30 am. 1st Dive at noon dive at 10:00 am. Second dive to follow. TWO TANKS AND SPEND THE DAY . B RING E DUCATION C ORNER Open Water Training Weekday Course June 9 July 7 All training meets or exceeds Scuba Schools International training standards. Specialty Training Boat Specialty May 27 Enriched Air Nitrox June 22 Stress and Rescue June 25 Seminars Equipment Maintenance June 17 Dive Leader Training Dive Control Specialist June 24 Instructor Course June 24 Advanced OW Training June 8 WWW .PSD EPTH C HARGERS . COM P AGE 3 AAAe|ä|xÜt `tçt‹ Eco Friendly and Fair Trade Diving trip • • • • October 17-24, 2009 9 days of Hotel in Playa del Carmen 2 days of 2 dives at the (Cavern) Cenotes 2 days of 2 dives (Boat) Playa del Carmen 1 day of 2 dives (Boat) in Cozumel • • • • • Airport-Hotel-Airport transportation included Transportation and fees to Cenotes and Cozumel included Weights, tanks and dive guide 24 hour concierge service available Airfare not included Dive leaders: Walt Amidon—253-874-9387 Manuel Rodriguez—206-306-3581 More details available at the shop. $250 deposit before June 15, 2009. P AGE 4 D IVE B RIEFING S u l aw e s i S u m m e r 2 0 1 0 A DREAM TRAVEL ADVENTURE Off the north east tip of Sulawesi, a part of the Indonesian archipelago, is Lembeh Island and Lembeh Straits Lodge. There are lots of exciting things to do for non-divers, but, they call this a divers dream for a reason. This is no-limit diving from a dive boat. Each buddy team will have their own boat, crew and dive master. The dive team sets the schedule, dive as often or as little as you would like. Photographers will bring home pictures of a lifetime of rare and unusual critters only found in this area. • 9 days of No limit diving each buddy team will have 24/7 access to their own dive boat, crew and dive masters. Nitrox upgrade included. 10 nights lodging at the Lembeh Straits Lodge in double occupancy bungalows. All meals and non-alcoholic drinks included Round trip airfare from Seattle including all airport transfers 4 nights in Singapore in a Double Executive Club Room full breakfast included Scheduled shore excursions Two guide led excursions Lembeh and one in Singapore. An additional Singapore walking tour is also scheduled. • • • • $3599 pp dbl—No limit diving $2899 Non-diver price pp dbl Tentative dates July 15-30, 2010 AT THE SHOP —$500 HOLDS S IGN - UP YOUR SPOT . NEEDED BY T HE FIRST 10 DEPOSITS D EPOSITS A UGUST 1. D EPOSITS ARE NON - REFUNDABLE . After 8/1/09—$4099 pp dbl, Non-diver price $3399 All prices subject to change based on fluctuations in airfare, hotel costs and exchange rates between now and trip booking. GET THE AVAILABLE SPOTS . WWW .PSD EPTH C HARGERS . COM P AGE 5 C LUB D IVE R E C AP - S CAVENGER H UNT Attendance at this club dive was light. Only 4 divers ended up getting in the water. All participants were excited about the prizes that they all won. Conditions couldn’t have been better. Topside weather was great, visibility was acceptable. Thanks to Rush and Sonya for placing the hidden items for the divers to find. Participants eagerly searched the Sunnyside Park to find all the hidden treasures. A special thanks to dive leaders Walt Amidon and Johnny Reidt. Be sure to put this month’s Club Dives on your calendar. You never know what to expect at a Depth Charger’s Club Dive. Milestones If you have a milestone to report let us know by sending an email to: email@example.com D IVA D IVE #8—M AY 31 The 8th Diva Dive is happening on May 31. This event has gotten so big that it can’t be contained onto one boat. Both of the Bandito Boats will be filled with the lovely Depth Charger Disco Divas. A couple of spots have opened up so the Divas have decided that if you are a dude willing to dress up like a diva that they will let you come along. Can anyone say “Sheila?” Check in at the shop for details. Scott Koskovich did his 50th dive at Sunrise on Sunday 5/16. Congrats, Scott! F RIDAY N IGHT B OAT D IVE & P UB C RAWL —J UNE 19 After a one tank charter on the Bandito Boat, join the group for a post dive beverage. Each month will be a different pub. Dock Street Tavern this month. Meet at Delin Docks at 6:00 pm. Cost $40. Mike Phillips did his 300th dive at Redondo on Tuesday 5/19 with Chris Collins & Rick Back . Mike has only been certified for just a little over 2 years) Britany Shelton also did her 300th dive the month of May. P HOTO C LUB — TAKING V IDEO C LIPS The next Photo Club meeting will be on June 10 at 6:30 pm in the classroom at the Federal Way Underwater Sports store. All levels of photographers, even those without cameras but who are thinking about purchasing one, are invited to attend. The club will be meeting to discuss and share photo tips and strategies. T RAVEL C ORNER Port Hardy, Canada—July 13 - 18, 2009 Dive leaders Walt Amidon and Jenn Collins There may be spots available for this amazing opportunity to dive the spot considered by many to be one of the top dive destinations in the world. Check in at the shop for more details. Bonaire—August 8-16, 2009 $100 holds your spot. Sign-up at the shop. Check with dive leaders Britany Shelton and Tim Renz for more details. Riviera Maya—October 1724, 2009 Dive leaders Walt Amidon and Manuel Rodriguez. Trip includes 9 days of hotel and 5 days of two tank diving in the Cenotes and off a boat. Check in at the shop for more details. Come and share your photos and learn some new tricks. Y OUR F UTURE D IVE P LANS June 4—Dog-n-dive (Three Tree) - Meet at the shop at 5:30. Head to the dive site about 6. June 6—Blackjack Below at Redondo. Dive briefing at 11:30. Dive at noon. Dive leaders Chris Collins and Walt Amidon. June 13—Rockaway Beach. Dive briefing at 9:30 am. 1st dive at 10:00 am. Bring 2 tanks. P UGET S OUND D EPTH C HARGERS Walt Amidon—Store Manager Underwater Sports - Federal Way 34428 Pacific Highway South Federal Way WA 98003 Shop: 253-874-9387 WWW.PSDEPTHCHARGERS.COM June 18—Dog-n-dive (Dash Point County Park) - Meet at the shop at 5:30. Head to the dive site about 6. June 19—Pub Crawl. 1 tank charter with Bandito, $40 July 13-18, 2009—Port Hardy, Canada. Spaces Available. Dive leaders Jenn Collins and Walt Amidon. August 8—16, 2009—Bonaire with Golden Reef Inn and Wannadive. Dive leaders Tim Renz and Britany Shelton. October 17-24, 2009—Riviera Maya, Mexico. Dive leaders Walt Amidon and Manuel Rodriguez A B RIEF H ISTORY OF THE P UGET S OUND D EPTH C HARGERS The Puget Sound Depth Chargers, a non-dues collecting club, were formed more than ten years ago with the purposes of diving with friends, having fun, sharing stories over great food and staying away from the typical dive club model. The Depth Charger’s family friendly meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at the Milton Tavern. Socializing starts at 6:00 and club business starts at 7:00 pm followed by the featured presentation, which is often a guest speaker. The club hosts at least two shore dives per month. Local charter boat dives are also hosted on a regular basis. A variety of warm water and cold water travel opportunities are offered throughout the year. An annual photo contest and Christmas party are two special club events members look forward to. 6 TH A NNUAL P HOTO C OMPETITION The often imitated, but never duplicated, 6th Annual Puget Sound Depth Chargers Photo Competition is right around the corner. August 22 will be the big day this year. The competition will be held this year at the Highline Community College Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center at Redondo Beach. A catchy title goes a long way in grabbing the attention of the voting public. Pictures are voted on by the visiting public. There are sure to be lots of attendees this year since the show will be held at such a public venue. The entry deadline will be August 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm. Check the website for complete rules, for the entry requirements, and entry form. Get out there and take pictures. This is an amateur photo competition and is open to all underwater photographers. New photographers are encouraged to enter. Now is the time to start taking pictures and sorting through all those pictures you have already taken. Spend some time coming up with a title for your pictures.