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.

So you think you can cook chili? Nobody can cook chili like you do?

Travis challenges all Rebels, “Guys and Gals to cook up their best pot of chili and bring it on down to the 2015 Diving Rebels Chili Cook-Off on Nov 7th!

Cedar Hill State Park is closed due to the flooding earlier this year, so this year our chili cook-off will be held at Crawford Park, 401 Straus Rd, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.   You can cook your chili at home and bring it out for judging or cook on site.

We have the site from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Everyone is welcome to come early and enjoy what the park has to offer, or just hang out and socialize with fellow Rebels.

This Rebel Outing is in our own back yard. Let’s make this the biggest and best Chili cook-offCKO2015

Beans or No Beans - Who Cares, just cook it.

Cook your chili any way you like it!  Cook on site or bring it with you!

Cash Prizes and more!

Cook - Off Begins at 12:00pm (tentative)

Cook - Off Judging begins at 3:30pm (tentative)

There will be more information in the November Newsletter!

It's going to be a beautiful weekend so come spend Saturday with the Diving Rebels!

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

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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!







Dive Utopia! The Bay Islands, Honduras”

With the Diving Rebels Scuba Club!

Week of  June 28 - July 5, 2014

Dive, snorkel, spa and relax at Utopia Village on the island of Utila.

Start making plans to join us for a great adventure to Utila Honduras in 2014.· We currently have 24 spaces available but can go up to 32.· This is a great price as it includes all meals, boat dives, unlimited shore diving, accomodations, taxes, Utila airport transfers, and even round trip air from either Roatan of San Pedro Sula.· American Airlines now flies directy to Roatan from DFW International Airport or Miami and United Airlines flies directly from Houston.·· Diving Rebels Scuba Club dues paid members and family will be given first priority then non members on a first come first serve basis, so if you're a non-member it's a great time to join the Club or get your name on the list for when non member spaces become available. · Pricing for non divers, children and singles is listed below and also on the MS Word registration form or PDF registration form.

Fly into Roatan, the largest of The Bay Islands or San Pedro Sula and take an island hopper to Utila –HOME OF THE WHALE SHARK! Get away from it all and stay at this remote adventure resort located off the coast of Honduras. Utopia’s greatest asset is the world-class reef just at its front door. Divers will delight in the purple sea fan garden, giant Stag Horn and Elk Horn coral formations and the variety of marine life including turtles, rays, lobster, Queen Angels and much more!

Click here to view a 12 minute video created by a recent guest at Utopia Village.

Full service PADI dive shop
• Unlimited shore diving
• Whale Sharks & Dolphin excursions
• Beachfront rooms and balconies
• Eco permitted resort

Dive Package: $1399 pp dbl occupancy
Non Diver:      $1299 pp dbl occupancy

Room Type

PPDO - Diver

PPDO – Non Diver

Single Occ – Diver


 One Bedroom
Ocean Front Room

$  1399.00

$  1299.00

$  1749.00

   $  775.00     Age  7- 10**

   $1324.00     Age 11- 17**

 Panoramic Ocean
View Room*

$  1515.00

$  1415.00

$  1979.00

Not Available

 * Only one available
** If as 3rd or 4th in the same room w/ adults

PLEASE NOTE:  If you DO NOT have a roommates, it is your responsibility to find a roommate. If another single is interested in the trip and is seeking a roommate, your contact information will be provided to the person so contact can be made to discuss rooming together.  Prices are per the number of people as specified.  Please be advised, if you are unable to locate a roommate you will be responsible for the additional single supplement of $348. 

A deposit of $250 will secure your spot in Utopia.  

Balance of trip is due on or before April 20, 2014. 

We have 24 spaces reserved and they are anticipated to go quickly.  Please complete the trip registration form and bring to one of the Monthly Meetings or mail to the address on the form.  

Diver Package Includes:
• Choice of king or double full accommodations

siteplan• Round trip air transfers to Utila from
  Roatan or San Pedro Sula
• Land/boat transfers to and from airport in Utila
• Welcome cocktail and appetizer
• Daily breakfast, lunch, three-course dinner and snack
  designed by a four-star chef
• Coffee, tea, filtered water. Orange juice during
  breakfast hours
• Sunday – Thursday, 2 tank morning boat dives
• Weekly scheduled night dive

• Complimentary shore diving
• Tanks, weights and belts
• Gear valet service
• Refreshments & towels on boat
• Private equipment room with oversized lockers
• Gear rentals & dive light rentals available

• Sea Kayaking At Resort
• Volleyball
• Horseshoes
• Billiards
• Book, DVD and game selections
• Weekly pirate folklore treasure hunt
• 4th of July Bonfire and BBQ

Not Included in price:
Round trip air from the USA to Roatan or San Pedro Sula
• Applicable sales taxes on incidentals purchased at resort
• $25 pp weekly divers reef fee: preservation, conservation and maintaining dive buoys and hyperbaric chamber
• Gratuities appreciated by staff (accumulative one time payment at check out)
• Bar sales - alcoholic beverages, sodas, smoothies, specialty drinks
• Additional services, activities and excursions
• Unscheduled boat taxi to town - available for an extra fee
• Approximately $35 pp Honduran airport departure tax
• Nitrox (available at an additional charge of $12 per tank)

Available at an Additional Charge :
• Bar drinks & bar appetizers
• U Spa treatments (Click here for more information)
• Guided snorkeling tours
• Kayaking tour of lagoon and Northside
• Fishing excursions: flats and deep sea
• Private cay excursion
• Cayos Cochinos eco tour

For more information and/or for questions, please contact Danny