Diving Rebels

Tyler State Park Outing

Jim Magnuson

Activities Director


Meet your fellow Diving Rebels at Tyler State Park on April 20–22 for a weekend of fun, food, and diving at this great park located at 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, TX 75706, phone (903) 597-5338 (http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/tyler).

Tyler State Park is a great place to mountain bike, hike, fish, or camp—just about anything you’d want to do outdoors. The park has a daily entrance fee of $6.00 for adults, with no charge for children 12 years and under. Since the lake is part of the park, you don’t need a license to fish there from shore, and you can try your luck catching crappie, perch, catfish or bass. The park has three fishing piers and a boat ramp. They also loan fishing rods, reels, and tackle boxes as part of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Tackle Loaner Program.

We all talk about getting ready for the dive season, preparing for some big ocean trip, or just hydrating our gills—well, Lake Tyler is a great lake to do just that! The lake is very shallow—only about 20 feet (if you use a shovel), but that’s one reason that it’s such a good place to dive this time of year. The water warms up early, and you should be reasonably comfortable in a 3-mil wetsuit plus gloves and a hood. Of course, the temperature does vary a lot in early spring, so “your mileage may vary.” There are plenty of fish, turtles, and sea grass to make a fun dive, and we’ll also be putting together an underwater dive quiz to add to the excitement! So bring a slate, compass, and your brain, or you can borrow one at the outing (well, probably not the brain). The contest will be worth points, and we’ll have an on-shore Saturday night bonus round for more fun and prizes.


This is a two-day outing; we’ll be getting three campsites near the water on Friday morning, April 20 (hopefully in the Lakeview campsites 3

0–37 area), and we’ll be there through Sunday noon-ish. Since we can only get the three sites, please let me know in advance if you’re going to be bringing a trailer. This is a great camping lake, so please consider camping on Friday night so we can have a full day of fun on Saturday, April 21.

We’ll be doing a voluntary meal share plan for Saturday lunch through Sunday breakfast (see the article on meal shares elsewhere in this newsletter). Just be aware that you must sign up for the plan to participate in the meal share; if you don’t, you’ll need to bring your own food to the park—remember

, there’s no hunting allowed!

Specific details concerning activities, times, and meeting places should be available at the April membership meeting; information will also be posted online on the Diving Rebels Scuba Club’s Facebook page, so check there often for updates (https://www.facebook.com/groups/96073813073/).

For more information about the event or to volunteer to help with the meal share, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call me at (469) 426-6319 or my co–outing coordinator Linda Magnuson at (817) 905-2013.



Meet the Diving Rebels at the 2018 Lone Star State Dive & Travel Show



Come out and meet the Diving Rebels at the 2018 Lone Star State Dive & Travel Show and help us kick off our 60th year as an active diving organization. Founded in 1958, we are one of the oldest dive clubs in Texas!

The Diving Rebels Scuba Club promotes the sport of scuba diving in a safe and responsible manner. Programs and guest speakers are provided at regular meetings to improve our members’ knowledge of safe diving techniques and to provide information relevant to diving in general. For more information about the club, see our website at http://www.divingrebels.org/.

Are you a certified scuba diver? Do you or does someone you know have an interest in becoming a certified scuba diver? Or do you simply enjoy the idea of traveling to an exotic location and lying on a white sandy beach?

If you said YES to any of these questions, please join the Diving Rebels at Booth 110 at the Our World Underwater's 4th Annual Lone Star State Scuba Dive & Travel Show Saturday and Sunday, January 27 and 28, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center & Spa 7600 John Q. Hammons Dr., Frisco, TX 75034. Show hours are 10 am–6 pm on Saturday and 10 am–5 pm on Sunday.

In addition to checking out a packed exhibition floor featuring the latest in dive equipment and underwater photography gear, you can score some great travel deals, sit in on informative seminars, take a photography workshop, or see some amazing videos at the Saturday Evening Film Festival, where everyone attending will have a chance to win the Film Fest Luxury Yachts Maldives Trip Give-A-Way valued at $2,755.

In addition, there will be two other great give-a-ways:


Booth 103

GRAND PRIZE: Aggressor Fleet Trip Give-A-Way valued at $3,495


Booth 220

Clearly Cayman Dive Resorts Trip Give-A-Way valued at $2,500

Get your tickets here!!!!  


Any questions, email Kevin Schuck at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call @682-334-2343

See You There!!



If you have any questions, please email Kevin Schuck at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (682) 334-2343.

See you there!!


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?


Children under 9 can enter free, tickets for children aged 9–15 are 1/2 price, and IDs are required for “will call” pickup of tickets.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?


Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: (630) 209-2445


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Gulf Oil Rig / Mammoth Lake

August 30 - September 1, 2014



Hold your Labor Day! The Rebels have planned a trip to Mammoth Lake, and with that we have made a reservation with a dive charter for a day trip on Sunday to dive the Oil Rigs in the Gulf.  Mammoth Lake is a fresh water dive lake in Lake Jackson, Texas (southwest of Houston).

It gets its name from a former archeological dig at the site, and is now flooded as a Scuba Park. There are more than 70 scuba diving wrecks sunk in Mammoth Lake, ranging from a military C-130 cargo plane, fire trucks, and the remnants of Houston’s famous theme park AstroWorld in depths up to 60 feet. Entrance fees for Mammoth Lake are $20 per day for Divers, with $10 for tent camping for those that are interested.

Adding to this trip, we have chartered a day trip on Sunday to dive the Oil Rigs or Wrecks offshore. These dives will be on the Carolyn Jane - run by Ultra Dive. The boat only takes 6 divers, and we currently have 2 spaces available for Sunday, August 31st. This is a two tank dives. Cost for this portion of the trip is approximately $275 per diver.

Sign-up sheets are available for those interested in either Mammoth Lake or the Rig dives .

Contact Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for the rig diving or to join us at Mammoth Lake!






Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course (DAC)
(Formerly the Diving for Science Authorization Course)

March 28, 2015

Are you tired of scuba diving in murky water?  Spring Lake at the headwaters of the San Marcos River offers some of the finest freshwater scuba diving in Texas. Spring-fed water from the Edwards Aquifer provides excellent visibility and keeps the temperature at approximately 72 degrees year-round. The aquatic plants and animals are also very compelling.springlake

SCUBA diving in Spring Lake, for any reason, is complicated due to the delicate nature of the environment. Declared a "Critical Habitat" in 1980, Spring Lake is home to eight federally listed species and is governed by the rules and regulations of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. In addition, Spring Lake is registered as an Archaeological site and is protected by the Antiquities Code of Texas. Consequently there are limits
to recreational diving in Spring Lake.

The Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course is designed to sensitize divers to the unique environment of Spring Lake and the safety protocols and procedures in place to ensure protection of the environment, cultural resources and diver safety. Upon successful completion of this course, divers are authorized to come back and dive as volunteer divers for the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and be involved in one of the largest habitat restoration projects in the country.

The Diving Rebels Scuba Club has secured March 28, 2015 as an opportunity for Club Members to attend this class. The price is $230 per student and does not include transportation, meals or lodging.  To participate in the date set for the Diving Rebels Scuba Club, a sign-up sheet will be available at the November Meeting.  Your spot can be retained with a $150 deposit.  The fees for the course are to be paid to the Club so one payment can be made to the Meadows Center.  There are 12 spaces available and dues paid Club Members will have first choice of available spaces.

springlake1The DAC class is divided into two components. The first component involves classroom lecture, where divers will learn about the Edwards Aquifer, endangered species, archaeology and state/federal regulations pertaining to Spring Lake. During the second component of the DAC, divers will don their scuba gear and learn to work in our liquid laboratory (Spring Lake). The focus is on diving techniques to ensure protection of Spring Lake and its related ecosystem. After completing the one day DAC course, volunteers and researchers will be authorized to work in Spring Lake. The program provides countless opportunities year-round for volunteers and researchers to scuba dive in Spring Lake in support of program objectives.

Course Description

  • Course Duration: 1 day, plus time necessary to complete take home modules and assessments (@4 hours).
  • The Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course is divided into 4 take home Academic Modules and assessment quizzes that are to be completed by each student prior to the class start.
  • Students will meet for one full day at Spring Lake where the assessment quizzes will be reviewed, diving skills will be assessed, a tour of the springs will be given and common volunteer tasks will be demonstrated.
  • This course is PASS/FAIL. Students must score at least 70% on each of the assessment quizzes and demonstrate that they are competent divers (good buoyancy control and situational awareness) in order to pass.
  • Requirements for taking the Spring Lake Authorization Course
  • Show proof of a Full Open Water SCUBA Certification through a major Dive Training Agency;
  • Be at least 15 years of age at the time of taking the course;
  • Show proof of a minimum of 20 logged dives beyond their training dives;
  • Students must provide their own equipment including tanks and weights;
  • Pay the Course fee of $230
  • Students must complete and turn in all required paperwork.

Diving Rebels Tubing Trip

July 18th, 19th and 20th 


JellyStone Hill Country

12915 Farm To Market 306 Canyon Lake, TX 78133 ( 830-964-3731 )

For those arriving Friday night, the 18th, your cabin will be ready after 3PM.  Remember, early bird picks their bed first!

We currently have two cabins reserved, next door to each other to make visiting back and forth easier.  Cabins 32  and 33.  If there aren't enough people going to warrant two cabins, we'll release one, so it's important to get your reservation in.

Each cabin has 2 bedrooms with a full size bed and a set of bunk beds in each bedroom.  There is also a full kitchen, covered patio and picnic table.  These cabins are designed to hold 6 people, with additional guests requiring an additional fee.


Check-in 3:00pm

Check-out 11:00am

Early check-in is $8 per person, subject to availability.



Items to bring:

Paper towels, personal necessities, ALL LINENS (pillows, blankets, sheets, towels and pool towels, and kitchen towels), dish liquid, outdoor grill utensils and food.

Pets and smoking are not allowed in the cabins.

Please visit www.jellystonehillcountry.com/lodging for bed sizes (for sheet/blanket types and quantity), photos, details and reminders of the items to bring with you to the type of cabin in which you will be staying.


Tubing is done through River Sports Tubes.


We'll meet at the Ranger Station at 10AM  and tell them how many of us are prepared to go.  They'll call for the shuttle and we'll be picked up at the Jellystone Ranger Station appox 10 min later.  It is one mile to River Sports where we'll get our tubes and start our adventure on the Guadalupe.  The fee is $13 p/p and that includes the shuttle to and from the resort, and your tube.  If you want a life vest, that is also included.  It's a "low and slow" river these days and with three exit points it can either be a 2.5 hr trip, a 6 hr trip, or an 8 hr trip.  You may choose to do the 2.5 hr trip, twice - it's all up to you.  But the $13 covers you for the day.  You may also rent a tube for your cooler or your dog.  Although remember, if you're staying in the cabins, you can't bring a pet.


There will be NO MEALSHARE!!

Meals - With such varied schedules and different length trips, some people will arrive Friday, some Saturday.  Some will be back in time for lunch Saturday, some will not.  Some will choose to float again Sunday morning, some will not. The cabins have a full kitchen so feel free to bring sandwich things or check out the local eateries.  All meals will be on your own this trip.   But with a full kitchen at your disposal, your meals can be anything you'd like.  Be sure to check out the Jellystone website for more info on what is included in the cabins.


We'll meet at 6PM for dinner in Gruene at The Gristmill.  They do not take reservations and during the summer there is almost always a wait.  Once we know how many to expect I'll call ahead and warn them, but we will probably need to hang out in the outdoor beer garden for a bit - OH DARN!


The Gristmill - A historic favorite


Gruene Hall - if you've never been to Gruene Hall, you must stop by, even if it is just for the photo op.  Live music at it's best.  Check out the website for free events.



Tavern in the Gruene - great live music.



FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SIGN UP, Contact  Kay Mikes at  817.894.1564