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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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 (http://www.inlanddiversassociation.com/home.html) 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

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.

Fellow and future divers, no greater fun can be had than at the annual April outing at Tyler State Park, April 11-13.  If you have not had the chance to get your gear wet lately, then your chance to dip your fin in the water will take place at the Tyler S.P. outing located at 789 Park Road 16, Tyler, TX 75706-3630 PH (903) 597-5338.

 

What diving conditions can you expect?

Moderate temperatures about of about 70-72 degrees (based on past diving averages) with visibility of about 20’ or more above 12’ (again, based on past dives). The depth of the lake is about 20-23 feet so one tank will last some people all weekend, but you may want to bring two filled tanks.  Please be aware that there is not any place local to fill a tank so make sure you bring them already filled and plenty of tanks to last all the dives you want to make.  Watch for more specifics in the April newsletter!

 

What can I expect to see?

You will see a variety of fish but mainly bass who are spawning.  You will see turtles and other aquatic life.  Above water will be a variety of fowl, raccoons and squirrels.  You may even get lucky and see a deer or two depending on if you venture on the trails around the lake.

 

What weather conditions can you expect?

Folks, this is Texas so your guess is as good as mine! Keep an eye on the weather man and remember, when diving you are already wet so what does it matter?  If you are tent camping, remember it can get chilly at night. Think about bringing some of those little heat packs – you can get larger sizes that will really heat up your sleeping bag and keep your toes toasty warm!  Also if you could bring a piece of wood or two for the fire that would be great!

 

What will we do when we are not diving?

We will hang out, talk about past and future adventures, and eat good food. If you have a game that you think others would enjoy and it is not too complicated, then by all means bring it along and it could become an outing HIT.  In addition to all this fun, Tyler State Park does offer the option to rent paddle boats, canoes and small (oar driven) fishing boats.  Who can imagine a trip to the state park without trying their hand at fishing?  *Remember that you do not have to have a fishing license to fish while in the state park.

 

When can I show up, how long can I stay and where will everyone be?

You can show up any time after 2:00pm on Friday, April 11th and check out will be 2:00 pm Sunday, April 13th.  We will have some Rebels at the park early on Friday to claim our sites in Lakeview, but according to park rules we cannot set up until 2:00pm unless it is not currently occupied.  We will not know what sites we will have until the day of the outing, but just ask the Park Rangers and they should be able to help you. Look for the famous Diving Rebels banner.  These sites in Lakeview have water and electricity so we should be pretty comfortable!    Click here for a map of Tyler State Park.

 

OK! All the above is great but what about the food?

Well I am glad you asked that question, I cannot believe it took you this long. It will go like this:

Friday-Fend for yourself
Saturday- Meal share for Breakfast: Coordinator Needed
Lunch: Coordinator Needed
Dinner: Coordinator Needed
Sunday-Coordinator Needed

Items Worthy of Mention:
1. Coordinators are reimbursed for cost minus the amount of Meal Share. “Be Advised” that the Treasurer is not required to be at the outing so reimbursement may have to be done at the next Member Meeting or a check mailed to you by the Treasurer.
2. The cost for the Outing is a flat cost, regardless of how many meals you enjoy. The reason is cost of the sites are rolled into the food expenses along with any other expenses incurred by the Coordinators for that outing, including prizes. The amount allowed by the Club Budget is then deducted from the total and divided among all the attendees!
3. If you are a meal coordinator please be aware of your expenses and try not to make your meals too expensive but obviously never sacrifice displaying your individuality or the meal’s good taste.

 

Well I am hooked but what is the cost?

Basically the cost for the outing will be relatively inexpensive. In past years generally you will pay $10-$15 per person.  As I mentioned above that includes all meals, campsites and activities. **Note: You will need to pay $5 per person per day to get into the state park; there is no way around that, but if you have a Texas State Park Pass you won’t have to pay those fees. If you know of someone who has one, invite them along and then get in free yourself!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the outing and know you will have a good time. Remember to practice safe diving techniques as you always should and NEVER dive without a buddy! There are many of us who are new to the diving world and look to all the seasoned divers to keep us in check and our skills sharp. Being a Diving Rebel should not be about breaking the rules but rebelling against complacency in your diving skills.