"Dive Destination Theme"
Saturday March 2, 2019
The Columbus Club
11 Fountain Street (Jct. of Rt. 135)
Framingham, MA 01702
Saturday March 2, 2019
6:30 - 11:30
It's time to buy your tickets for the annual Dinner Dance! Tickets will be on sale using PayPal, at every meeting through January, or you can order them from Rich Palanzi at (508) 797-7027 or via email. Tickets are priced at only $30!. So get those Dive Logs signed off for diving awards, and choose your pictures or artifacts to enter in the contest! If you missed the Banquet last year, don't make the same mistake twice.
Banquet Photos Cocktail hour is from 6:30-7:30. Listen to those tunes that remind us of warm days and nights while having a drink and voting. Voting will take place from 6:45-7:30 so be sure to bring your entries early before the voting begins. Diver of the Year will also be awarded. Please bring some kind of raffle item, the raffle seems to have evolved into a fun combination of prizes for all. Any item will do, and it does not have to be dive related. Mark your calendar now so you'll be able to join the limbo contest!! See you there!!
Join us for a weekly Date @ 8 shore dive. We meet at the Burger King on Rt.128 in Beverly every Saturday morning and head to one of Cape Ann's numerous dive sites for a dive or two. Dive sites are decided on the spot to accomodate the experience and skill levels of those who show up, and everyone is welcome - members and non-members alike. Click for photos of past shore dives
Please contact the coordinator (listed on the Date @ 8 page linked
above) a day or two before Saturday if you'd like to join us, to make
sure the group doesn't leave without you if you're running a little late.
Also, please note that during winter months we meet at 10am! See you there!
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Please join us at 7:30pm
at the Courtyard Marriott on Speen Street in Natick.
The idea of Diving Down Under fascinates most SCUBA enthusiasts, and the Great Barrier Reef is on many diver's "Bucket List". In addition, Australia is well known for its unique inhabitants like the kangaroo and koala; this uniqueness extends beneath the waves, and includes the strange and beautiful Weedy Sea Dragon. When an opportunity to travel to Australia, and do some diving, presented itself, Matt Glass eagerly jumped at the chance. Given what we all know about the pressures and damage the reef system is suffering, Matt thought "best go now, as the reef 'may not be there' for too much longer". Knowing that many family members and friends would never have the chance to make the journey, or be able to see the reef up close, Matt set out to try and photograph the reef to share his adventure with them. While the prime dive focus of the trip was a liveaboard on the Great Barrier Reef, Matt was able to get in a couple of dives in the colder waters near Melbourne, in Port Phillip Bay. This presentation will discuss the hows, wheres, whos and whats of diving in Australia.
Matt Glass grew up in New Jersey, a short hop from the beaches of the "Jersey Shore". He spent his childhood playing in the Atlantic - both in NJ and down in Florida, where his grandparents lived. However, Matt took up SCUBA late in life, earning his Open Water certification in 2015 while living in South Florida. He'd always been fascinated with the undersea world, and was interested in diving at an earlier age, but life circumstances kept him from pursuing SCUBA. But, once certified, Matt literally "dove right in", diving regularly with his friends in Florida, and enrolling in additional courses, becoming Nitrox and Advanced Open Water certified in short order. Life and Love brought Matt to Massachusetts in late 2015, and he had no intention of stopping his underwater adventures, despite the cold water temperatures. He was fortunate enough to land close to several local dive shops, and had a random encounter with a member of the MetroWest Dive Club one day while browsing. After attending the next meeting, Matt became active with the club, joining the Date @8 group regularly throughout the year. While he loves diving up here in the chilly New England waters, Matt enjoys returning to Florida to visit family and friends, and diving in the bathtub-warm waters of the South Atlantic.
Upcoming Speakers and Topics*
|August||Heather Knowles and David Caldwell||TBD|
|September||Matt & Marissa Marcoux||Diving in Egypt|
|November||Paul Young||Diving in Bali/Komodo|
*All speakers and topics subject to change without notice.
The MetroWest Dive Club (MWDC) is dedicated to promoting fun, safe diving, and introducing and familiarizing members with new dive sites. We are committed to encouraging good relations with our coastal neighbors through courtesy and good diving etiquette, and getting involved with community activities.
The MWDC is not affiliated with any retailer, vendor, or manufacturers. We are a large group of sport divers with a wide range of scuba diving interests. Club members can help direct you to the many training classes locally available.
MetroWest Dive Club meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Courtyard Marriott on Speen Street in Natick. Meetings are free and guests are welcome, divers and non-divers alike. MWDC meetings start at 7:30 pm but members often meet socially at the bar from 6:30 to 7:30pm.