On January 21, 2017, the Diving Rebels Scuba Club will continue our annual tradition of participating in an underwater cleanup of the San Marcos River. Typically, this event has occurred on the fourth weekend of January. This year, however, the Our World Underwater Lone Star State Dive & Travel Expo will be held in Frisco that weekend, so we’re moving the San Marcos event up to the weekend of January 21–22. Assuming that the Dallas Cowboys are still in the playoff race, you can participate in the cleanup and still catch the game back in Dallas since the NFC conference championship game is scheduled for Sunday at 3:00 pm.

We will plan to start the dive at our usual meeting place in San Marcos at the south side of the Aquarena Springs Drive Bridge at the river at approximately 1:00 pm (see the map below for the entrance location). As usual, I am the outing coordinator, and my cell number is (214) 641-6013. If you can’t attend the January membership meeting and sign up for the outing then, you’re still welcome to join us; just contact me at my cell number or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. On the day of the outing, call if you are running a bit late so we know to wait for you.

We will enter the water on the south side of the bridge and exit at Rio Vista Park, about one mile downstream (see the map below for the exit location). For the most part, this is a relaxing fresh-water drift dive—in some spots early in the dive, you can obtain a stable, motionless position and let the current move you along. Depending on the water level, there may be some rather shallow spots about halfway along the dive, but they are navigable.

Phone: (512) 396-8705We will have first- and second-place prizes for the collectors of the most trash as well as for the collectors of the most unusual piece of trash as voted by the participants. So bring your mesh laundry bags and/or onion sacks, and be prepared to scour the river bottom for “collectables.” As the reigning trash collection champion, I am planning to minimize my collection efforts this year to focus on other interests. So let’s see who will win the title this year.

I’m not yet sure where we will gather for our traditional Saturday evening dinner together, so stay tuned, and I will update everyone as soon as we have a venue.

A number of reasonably priced motels are located fairly close to the river in the San Marcos area (check out available hotels at http://www.hotels-rates.com/San_Marcos/TX/usa/). Camping is also available in the area if you are so inclined.

I’ve often stayed at the Motel 6 located just south of I-35 and Aquarena Springs Drive, the exit to the dive (also shown on the map) (https://www.motel6.com/en/motels.tx.san-marcos.334.html). There’s a new Motel 6 in San Marcos just north of Aquarena Springs Drive, also on the west side access road along I-35, where I’ve already booked a reservation (https://www.motel6.com/en/motels.tx.san-marcos.4977.html). For Internet reservations, rates are currently $49.99 + tax for a single at the older facility and $55.99 + tax for a single at the new Motel 6.

Motel 6 San Marcos #334

1321 N I-35, I-35 at Sr 82 Loop, Exits 206/205

San Marcos, TX 78666

Motel 6 San Marcos - North #4977 (newly opened)

1701 North I-35, Exit 206

San Marcos, TX 78666

Phone: (512) 395-8000

On Sunday morning, January 22, we most likely will follow our past practice of meeting for breakfast at Herbert’s Grocery & Taco Hut (http://www.herbertstacohut.com). After breakfast, outing participants who have completed the Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course (DAC) or the former Diving for Science or Scientific Diver certification programs will have the opportunity to perform a volunteer “work” dive in Spring Lake at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment (former Aquarena Center) beginning at approximately 10:00 am. Anyone who is planning to participate in an upcoming DAC event or would like additional information on this training is welcome to join us as an observer to obtain some idea of what is involved as a trained volunteer diver at this great diving venue. In the spectrum of my diving experiences, I consider Spring Lake to be the premier inland diving experience. Ocean-quality visibility is to be expected, and there are endemic flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world.

Hope to see you in San Marcos!