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: http://www.athensscubapark.com/home.html. 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!!

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Midyear Outing:
Clear Springs Scuba Park

 
 

The 2017 Diving Rebels Scuba Club Board of Directors cordially invites club members and their guests to attend our annual Midyear Outing at Clear Springs Scuba Park. This event is coordinated by the board as a way to show appreciation to our members and assist them to do what Diving Rebels do best . . . PARTY!!!

When:             Friday, August 25–Sunday, August 27

Time:              Friday after 5:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am ’til ???

Where:           Clear Springs Scuba Park (CSSP), Terrell, TX

Food:              BBQ on Saturday, August 26 with all the trimmings including dessert, tea and lemonade will be provided by Chuck Wagon Cuisine Catering Company.

We will provide more information at the August membership meeting, but the basics are the following:

Someone will go to Clear Springs Friday afternoon to hopefully grab the spot under the trees on the south side of the park; however, since this area has little grass, if it’s too wet or muddy at that spot, a secondary location will be chosen. After you check in at the park, look for the famous Diving Rebels Scuba Club banner! You can come to CSSP Friday after 5:00 pm or starting at 8:00 am on Saturday.

The Saturday meal will be served at no cost to dues paying members or their guests at approximately 3:00 pm. Since, this is a give back to membership, those that want to join us for the BBQ that are not a dues paying member or a quest of one, shall pay $20.

The BBQ includes 3 meats, 3 sides, rolls and butter, all condiments including the Chuck Wagon’s homemade BBQ sauce, peach cobbler, Texas sheet cake and homemade ice cream made on site. Tea and Lemonade all paper goods, cups and ice set up and clean up served by our staff off the 1895 Chuckwagon.

The entrance fee to the park on Saturday, August 26, will be $20. Reminder, CSSP accepts cash only! Be sure to bring your C-card if you intend to dive. See the CSSP website at www.clearspringsscubapark.com for a listing of air fill and equipment rental prices and other charges.

Camping is available at CSSP. However, camping costs ($5.00 per day) are the responsibility of the individual. See the CSSP website for additional information and restrictions.

The Diving Rebels will trek to the west Texas high desert for our May outing on May 19–21. Our destination will be Balmorhea State Park (http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/balmorhea), 30 miles south of Pecos and about 6 1/2 hours west of Arlington. Each person attending is responsible for his/her own transportation, but information to facilitate ride sharing will be provided at the May membership meeting and via social media. For Friday and Saturday evenings, we have reserved three campsites that have water and electricity and can accommodate a total of 24 persons (8 per campsite). 

Balmorhea State Park is literally an oasis in the high desert of west Texas. Entrance to the park costs $7 per person per day, but diving in the world’s largest outdoor spring-fed swimming pool does not cost any extra. And you can dive as often and as long as you like—the pool is open from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm or sunset, whichever comes first. Due to the depth of the pool (less than 20 feet deep), you basically have unlimited bottom time—you should be able to exhaust the air in your tank long before you would have any decompression issues. Some of the fish in this pool are found nowhere else in the world, e.g., the Comanche Springs pupfish, other than the subsurface and surface aquifer system to which the pool is connected, and that is pretty cool. Hundreds of Mexican tetras in the pool will swarm you if you bring some frozen peas or dry dog food to feed them during your dive. There are also many big catfish and some bass and turtles for you to observe.

 

For Saturday night’s dinner, we will conduct our traditional meal share in which some participants in the outing volunteer to be meal coordinators, plan the menu for the meals, and buy and/or prepare the food, the cost of which will be reimbursed.

 

Although the area can get very hot during the day (100+oF), because Balmorhea is in the desert, the temperature will drop during the night into the 60s, making for very comfortable sleeping in a tent. If you do not want to camp, the area does boast some hotels, but you should try to make your reservations as soon as possible since they tend to fill up over the weekend.

 

Come join us, and dive in this unique environment!

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. 

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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.

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!