Chinese Auction

The Diving Rebels Scuba Club will hold our traditional Chinese Auction during the September 6 membership meeting.

What is the Chinese auction? Well, it’s more fun than a lake full of Diving Rebels! The Chinese auction is not only the biggest Diving Rebels fundraiser but also one of the most entertaining of our monthly meetings.

The way the auction works is this: we have a live auction for donated gifts. What makes the auction special is that the items being auctioned are wrapped and unknown to the audience. What is being auctioned might be a dive computer, fins, boxes of Girl Scout cookies, or just about anything else. BUT REMEMBER, the item must be new and of a minimum value of $25. Think of it this way: you should donate an item that you would actually want yourself.

After you win an item by high bid, you have the choice of either keeping the item or forcing a trade for whatever item was won before yours. The kicker is that you have to decide to trade or not to trade before you unwrap your item. The previous bid winner may have won the bid for a dive knife that you want. If you trade, you’ll trade off your wrapped item for the dive knife not knowing what you traded away. You know that you’ll get the dive knife, but what did you give up for it? Maybe it’s a wet suit; maybe it’s a new dive computer or even a Caribbean trip. As trades can only go back to one previous round, the bid winner before you will unwrap whatever you swapped him. He cannot have it taken away nor can he force a swap for any other previously auctioned items.

Your item, whether you swap or not, may be taken from you by the next winning bidder. You also must unwrap and disclose your item to the group. If some of this doesn’t make sense, don’t worry—it will be explained again at the September meeting.

What we ask you to bring is a new item with a minimum value of $25 that will be usable by the winner. (Not many people need a box of a/c air filters or 10 paving stones). The item should be wrapped in a nondescript wrapping—newspaper or paper bags are quite acceptable. Think about things you can talk your employer into donating or things you got two of for Christmas. BUT THE ITEM MUST BE NEW AND SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOURSELF!

Please come prepared to have fun and aggressively bid on those items you just can’t live without. If you want to win a bid on an item, bring some $$$$ as the competition sometimes becomes quite fierce, the banter hilarious, and the items worth the effort it takes to win them! One last thing, please be prepared to pay for your items by the end of the meeting as we won’t be able to track items for future payment. Thanks to all, and we look forward to a big crowd and lots of fun.

The honor of your presence is requested in joining the Diving Rebels in a quest for “aqua blue” water at the Blue Lagoon in Huntsville, Texas. There are not many guarantees in life but we can guarantee you will be welcome!

The Blue Lagoon is hidden away in the piney woods north of Huntsville, Texas off I-45. For over twenty years the lagoon has served the divers of Texas with aqua blue bodies of water, training platforms, sunken boats and miscellaneous items. There is primitive camping and an onsite air station and concessions which  include hot sandwiches, sodas, water, various sport drinks and an assortment of candy bars and chips.

The entrance fee for divers and non-divers is $16.00 per day. Non Divers must be accompanied by a C-card holder. There is no charge for children under 10 and non-diving parents accompanying minors during diving lessons.

The Blue Lagoon opens at 8am on Saturday, August 20th. Come any time after that and spend the day or the weekend, campout under the stars in the piney woods (club has 2 sites reserved), or grab a hotel room (listed below) in nearby Huntsville.

• If you wish to camp, your entry fee allows you to camp overnight but there is a two day minimum fee so if you come in Saturday and leave Sunday the fee is $32.00.
• Air fills are $8.00, rental tanks are $12.00. If you need other gear: Regs $20.00, BCD $20.00, Wetsuits $20.00, Weights $10.00
• The Blue Lagoon does not allow pets.
• There are Porta Potties scattered throughout the property.
• There will be a challenging Underwater Navigation Competition for buddy teams with a prize being awarded for the winning buddy pair.
• There will be brisket, potato salad & etc. for Saturday dinner but we need meal coordinators for Saturday breakfast & lunch along with Sunday breakfast. You are responsible for your own drinks  as well as Sunday lunch.

Outing Coordinator is Kelly Barentine.

We need to know if you’re coming! Sign Up sheets will be available at the August 3rd meeting but to assure we have plenty of food for Saturday night and Sunday, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If responding via email please include: When you will be arriving, how many people in your group, if you are camping, staying in Huntsville or just making a day trip, and in which meals you will be participating.


Take I45 south from Dallas/Ft Worth toward Houston. Take Exit 123 approximately 7 miles north of Huntsville and turn left (east) at Farm to Market Rd 1696/Pinedale Rd. Continue to follow Pinedale Rd for approximately 2.9 miles. The Blue Lagoon entrance will be on the left.


BEST WESTERN -201 W Hill Park Circle Huntsville, TX 77320 Phone: (936) 295-9000
HOLIDAY INN EXP-148 I-45 S Huntsville, TX 77340 Phone: (936) 295-4300
COMFORT SUITES-631 I-45 S Huntsville, TX 77340 Phone: (936) 436-9600
SUPER 8-3121 Montgomery Road Huntsville, TX 77340 Phone: (936) 730-8888
ECONO LODGE-112 I-45 N Huntsville, TX 77340 Phone: (936) 295-6401
DAYS INN-160 I-45 S Huntsville, TX 77340 Phone: (936) 438-8400
LA QUINTA INN-124 I-45 N Huntsville, TX 77340 Phone: (936) 295-6454



June 23–24 Mid-Year 60th Anniversary Outing:

Possum Kingdom Lake at Inland Divers


This year is a special time for the Diving Rebels Scuba Club, as we are celebrating our 60th anniversary as a dive club. We’re one of the oldest dive clubs in Texas, and we’re still going strong!

To help mark this major milestone, the Diving Rebels will hold our annual Midyear Outing on June 23–24 at Possum Kingdom (PK) Lake’s Inland Divers location (3203 Redbird Rd., Graford, TX 76449). The Inland Divers Association ( is a dive club located at PK whose main purpose is to promote scuba diving at the lake and to help keep PK clean and beautiful. The lake itself, a reservoir on the Brazos River located primarily in Palo Pinto County, is home to the famous Hell’s Gate, a sheer break in the cliffs around the lake.

Come join us at the Inland Divers site; we’ll be hanging out with friends; telling stories about our favorite dive trips and dive sites; and, of course, doing some diving! The entry fee is $10.00, but tent camping is free. The club will be providing the main dishes for Saturday’s lunch and dinner, but it would help if you could bring some sides and/or other goodies to share. We’ll also be having a silent auction, so if you have any dive gear or any other item that someone might like to bid on, please donate it to the cause!

For more information, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information should also be available at the May and June Diving Rebels membership meetings.


Jeff Bennett

On July 23­–24,the Diving Rebels Scuba Club will meetat Athens Scuba Park, 500 N. Murchison St., Athens, TX, for a weekend of diving and other fun at that well-known scuba facility.

Jeff Bennett is coordinating the outing this year, and he is planning some diving-related events that should be a lot of fun.

For specific information about Athens Scuba Park, check out the park’s website: However, here’s a useful summary of what you need to know:

šThe park entry fee for each diver is $20, and each diver must bring his/her C-card.

šThe charge for Friday and Saturday camping or night diving is $5.

šThe charge for electricity at RV sites is $25; water and sewer is available on request. If you’re planning on using an RV site, please fill out the online registration form.

šYou can get an air fill for $10. However, tanks 20 years old or older will not be filled.

šCheck the park’s website for their hours of operation. Their spring hours are currently posted, but  summer hours will probably take effect before the outing.

A sign-up sheet for the outing will be available at the July membership meeting, and we’ll be discussing the event in more detail then.

Even if you can’t attend the July meeting, make plans to come out and join us at Athens Scuba Park for our fun July outing. We’ll be looking for you!!

Week 1:  June 7 – 16, 2012 (Flight departs June 7 arrives Fiji, June 9)Fiji_Beqa06_1022

Rate:  USD $3000.00* per person (based on double occupancy**)

This package includes the following features: Roundtrip airfare LAX-NAN-LAX on Air Pacific*,  Ground Transfers R/T Nadi Airport to/from Pacific Harbour Boat Launch, Boat Transfers: R/T from Pacific Harbor Boat Launch to/from Beqa Lagoon Resort, 7 Nights accommodations, 3 Gourmet Meals Daily, 5 Two-Tank Boat/Reef Dives, 2 Afternoon Boat Dives, unlimited shore diving, Welcome Poolside Foot Massage and Fiji Government Tax

Miscellaneous Information:
       Single Supplement        $300.00 per person
       Non-Diver                         $200.00 deduction per person

Beachfront guarantee:  Based on 7nt package - $300pp dbl occupancy  (limited availability)

Air Transportation:               
Departure:  Thursday, 6/7/2012   LAX-NAN, Air Pacific #811 10:30pm Arrives, 6/9/2012, 5:10am+2 Days 
Return:        Saturday, 6/16/2012 or 6/23/2012 NAN-LAX Air Pacific #810, 10pm.  Arrives: 6/16/2012, 1:20pm +0 Days  

Not included in the price:  Round trip air to and from DFW or other location to LAX, Rental and retail charges, Gratuities, Trip cancellation insurance, Alcoholic beverages, Soft drinks, snacks, other sundry expenses.

Optional Second Week:     June 16 – 23

Private Beach Front Package:

Each beach front bure and villa offers modern facilities with a traditional Fijian slant. Tastefully decorated with their own deck, timber floors, ensuite and minibar and complete with fan and air conditioning - all your relaxing needs are met.   Each Villa sleeps up to 4 guests in a Queen Bed and 2 Singles. They have self catering facilities and a washing machine as well as wide tiled decks to laze away your day.

•         1 bedroom Beachfront Bure, Diver, per person, double occupancy price = $1865**
•         2 bedroom Beachfront Villa, Diver, per person, triple occupancy = $1765
•         2 bedroom Beachfront Villa, Diver, per person, quad occupancy = $1565

Includes:  Round trip private ground transfers from Nadi, welcome drink, 7-Nts accommodation based on chosen package, 3 meals daily, 5-Days of 2-tank boat diving including single tanks, weights, belts,   Free shore diving, Kayaking, hiking, tennis, swimming pool, bar, and Resort taxes. 

Not included in the week 2 price:· Airfare, Rental and retail charges, Gratuities, Trip cancellation insurance, Alcoholic beverages, Soft drinks, snacks, other sundry expenses.

Additional Information:

Trip prices are cash or other certified funds only. Credit cards accepted via Pay Pal and subject to a 3% fee.

*Airline fuel surcharges/air taxes of $400 are included in the week one price. These fees are currently $320.00; are subject to change, and cannot be locked in until the seats are ticketed. The possibility exist that these fees may go over the $400 and any difference will be due before ticketing. If the fee remains below $400, any difference will be refunded after ticketing.beqatigershark

Deposits:  Week 1:  $300.00 non-refundable deposit                   
                    Week 2:  $200.00 non-refundable deposit

Payment options are available and can be made until the final payment is due by March 25, 2012.

Proof of valid D.A.N Dive Insurance covering time of trip required and Trip Cancellation insurance is highly recommended. 


Lost luggage, trip cancellation, medical emergency

**If signing up for a double and DO NOT have a roommate, we will try our best to find a roommate; however, please be advised, if a roommate cannot be located, you will be responsible for the additional cost of being placed in a single.