Annual Dinner Banquet
"Dive Destination Theme"
Saturday March 3, 2018
MWDC Annual Dinner Banquet

Dinner Dance Ticket Ordering Page

The Columbus Club
11 Fountain Street (Jct. of Rt. 135)
Framingham, MA 01702

Saturday March 3, 2018
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!!

Check out our photos!
Check out our photos!

We?re now regularly adding pictures of club members dive experiences! Check them out here. Want to submit photos you?ve taken? Just send an email to Jeff Wagner.

Join us for a Date@8 shore dive!
Date @ 8 (Date @ 10 During The Winter!!!)

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 8:00pm
at the
Courtyard Marriott on Speen Street in Natick.

Damon Bates: Tortola, BVI - Paradise Found

WasFew Caribbean destinations offer both a mix of topside beauty and unique dive sites as the British Virgin Islands. You'll find lush green mountainous landscapes, idyllic shorelines with palm-fringes white sand beaches, and captivating underwater topography painted by breathtaking coral reefs and abundant sea life. While Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands, may be the center of tourism and commerce, it still offers visitors a chance to get away from it all. It offers a mix of attractions for everyone including plenty of quiet beaches, a mountainous interior for exploration, top notch restaurants, and the bustle of shopping in Road Town, the capital of the territory. If diving is your thing, Tortola is home to more dive operators than any other island in the BVI chain with the majority of established dive sites found across the Sir Francis Drake Channel, around the largely unpopulated islands that separate the channel from the open Caribbean: Peter, Norman, Cooper, Salt, Ginger and Dead Chest. Damon has been traveling to BVI since the third grade, so it holds a special place in his heart. He will share his experiences, and illustrate what makes Tortola one of the best places to dive and vacation. Damon will also review some of the imagery from the direct hit of the category 5 Hurricane Irma and what the recovery effort will be for the foreseeable future.

Following a 30-year career in financial services marketing and sales Damon now operates his own marketing consulting business and is a 3rd generation professional photographer specializing in executive headshots, family portraits and events. Damon completed his checkout dives in Dec. of 2015 and is rapidly closing in on his Divemaster certification. Like many club members before him, Damon owes his safe return from the not-so-deep of his first open water dive at Old Garden to Steve Bigelow and the rest of the club.

Upcoming Speakers and Topics*

Jan 9 Steve Bigelow Diving Curacao
Feb 13 Becky Kagan Schott Americas 5 Great Lakes - The Big Picture
Mar 13 Brian Raymond Underwater Photography
Apr 10 Ryan King Discovery of the S.S. William H. Machen Wreck

*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.