BAY AREA DIVERS
The 'Get Wet' Club!
www.bayareadivers.org

 

Past Presentations

Bay Area Divers has had some very knowledgeable and entertaining individuals come in and do presentations at the general meetings. These presentations have covered a great range of subjects ranging from sea turtle and whale shark conservation efforts to cave diving and decompression illness research.

This is an effort to document the presentations in order to give recognition to those individuals and their organizations. These are listed from the most recent.


Wednesday - August 31, 2016
Barbara Thompson, President of Dive Pirates, gave us an update on developments with her organization.
Dive Pirates supports, trains, equips, and provides dive travel to individuals with disabilities through Adaptive Scuba Diving
For more information about Dive Pirates:
http://www.divepirates.org/index.php

Wednesday - March 30, 2016
Jesse Cancelmo
 
Speaking About the Beauty of the Gulf of Mexico in his latest book and a few trips to Cuba.


Wednesday - Feb 24, 2016
 Dr. Robert Sanders came to talk to us about the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab and the hyperbaric chambers.
We also discussed in depth dive medicine and effects of different gasses while diving.


Wednesday - January 27, 2016
Col. Terry Virts, USAF came to talk to us about the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab
 and his experiences in space for 199 days.


Wednesday - April 30, 2014
Capt. Trevor Walden talked to us about rig diving in the Gulf 15-35 miles out from Freeport TX


Wednesday - Jan 29, 2014
Rick Decker gave a presentation on Megalodon teeth (value, where to find, how to appraise)


Wednesday - August 29, 2012
Dan Orr, President of Divers Alert Network (DAN), gave us an informative webinar about Diver Fatalities
For more information about
Divers Alert Network (DAN):
http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/


Wednesday - July 25, 2012
Barbara Thompson, President of Dive Pirates, gave us an update on developments with her organization.
Dive Pirates supports, trains, equips, and provides dive travel to individuals with disabilities through Adaptive Scuba Diving
For more information about Dive Pirates:
http://www.divepirates.org/index.php


Wednesday - June 27, 2012
Dennis Davenport from HUPS gave us an introductory class to underwater photography.
Be sure to view some of Dennis’s pictures:
http://www.facebook.com/dennisdavenportphotography


Wednesday - May 30, 2012
Bill Blome, Texas Representative of The Pew Environment Group explained how they are promoting the transition
of surface longline fishing to more selective and sustainable methods


Wednesday - April 25, 2012
We learned about the Dive Caddy system for packing gear in a lightweight package able to be taken on a plane as carry-on.


Wednesday - March 28, 2012
PJ Campagna - By the time she finished, everyone wanted to hop on the plane to go with her on her next trip to RAJA AMPAT ISLANDS - her pictures were beautiful.
She also talked a little about the nesting leatherbacks and their babies hatching.


Wednesday - February 28, 2012
We heard updates on some of the rescues done by Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN)


Wednesday - January 25, 2012
Rick Decker had a presentation on the joys of lobstering.


Wednesday - November 16, 2011
PJ Campagna talked to us about her trip to save the leatherback turtles and help them hatch.


Wednesday - October 26, 2011
Dennis Camp, AKA Capt. Waldo, explained the basics of dive equipment and how to properly maintain your gear.


Wednesday - September 28, 2011
Jason Poffenberger talked to us about NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations at the Aquarius Undersea Laboratory in Key Largo, FLA


Wednesday - August 31, 2011
Chuck Noe talked to us about cave diving at “Goodenough Springs Exploration Project" & the "Jacob's Well Exploration Project"


Wednesday - July 27, 2011
Joyce and Frank Bureck showed us a slide presentation of the Flower Gardens


Wednesday - June 29, 2011
Dan Orr, president of Divers Alert Network (DAN) excited us with a webinar showing safe diving practices and a lot of pictures of what NOT to do when donning gear and diving.


Wednesday - May 25, 2011

James Mints,  a Chief Warrant Officer in the Coast Guard for 23 years, has been doing investigations for 20 years. His work has taken him to several dive
accident investigations. He showed us slide presentation and answered questions. We hope his talk may say a life or an accident from happening.


Wednesday - Apr 27, 2011

 Mithriel M. MacKay, a researcher studying cetacean behavioral ecology with a focus on North Atlantic humpback whales.

For more info, email her at humpbacks.off.puerto.rico@gmail.com or mithrel.mackay@gmail.com or call 830-688-9878



Wednesday - Mar 30, 2011

 Jesse Cancelmo, a very published underwater photographer, gave a presentation on the wonders of the Texas Gulf Reefs.

We were awed by some spectacular photos of very unique creatures of the gulf.


Wednesday - Feb 23, 2011
Jimmy Atkinson with Toys for the Children presented information about how his organization brings toys to underprivileged children at favorite dive locations in different parts of the world. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause. Jimmy is asking for toothbrushes, toothpaste, school supplies, and soccer balls please bring them to this year's Divers Market.


Wednesday - Jan 26, 2011

  Jim Rosborough (member) and Kevin King shared their experiences in voluntarism on projects doing marine research with Earthwatch, www.earthwatch.org, over the past 15 years. Jim has volunteered on projects in Belize, Aruba, Jamaica, Barbados, Exuma Cays, Puerto Rico, Bonaire, San Salvador, Hawaii, Thailand and St. John. Earthwatch current research expeditions in Belize, the Seychelles and Australia were reviewed. Jim led trips to Belize in 2009, 2010 and will be dive master in 2011 on a project in Belize in May, which Kevin is leading. Kevin is a geologist and has been diving around the world for over 25 years. He participated in last year’s trip to Belize.


Wednesday - Sept 29, 2010
Dennis Camp introduced great deals for travel.
Please contact him via the members page for more details.

Wednesday - Aug 25, 2010
Maria Miller from Moody Gardens entertained us with a slide show from regular public's eye and also a behind the scenes look.
Volunteering opportunities are open all the time. Members should contact Maria with any questions.

Wednesday - July 28, 2010

Wednesday - June 30, 2010

Wednesday - May 26, 2010

Dennis Deavenport with HUPS (Houston Underwater Photographic Society) talked to us about underwater photography shots from recent trips.  If you were at SeaSpace, it was HUPS that had that gallery of beautiful photos and Dennis was a primary contributor to the collection.  For more information about HUPS go to www.hups.org


Wednesday - April 28, 2010
Tim Lloyd with The Harris County Sherriff's Department Dive Team thrilled us with tales of exploits and insights into the world of search and recovery.  He is the only instructor in Texas certified in teaching the Full Face Mask course.


 

Wednesday - Mar 31, 2010

Presentation was made by Maximum SCUBA of Seabrook Texas.

The subject was local spear fishing in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Galveston Texas.  Topics included the different types of spear guns available, where and when to spear fish.  Maximum SCUBA now offers a PADI spear fishing specialty certification.

They developed the course and currently are the only dive shop in the country to offer this cert.

Maximum Scuba

2001 Bayport Blvd

Seabrook, Texas 77573

281-291-9911

www.maximum-scuba.com


Wednesday - Feb 24, 2010
Larry McKenna with Save Our Leatherback Organization -S.O.L.O.  Leatherback Turtles are one of the rarest sea turtle. Larry leads expeditions around the world to monitor and track these great reptiles. We will get an update on his latest travels and what is in store for the future. Also, he will provide information about opportunities to join him. He has information about how we can participate in future expeditions. They go to exotic parts of the world and since they are part of a scientific study, qualify as tax deductible. It might be something worth considering as a dive trip for next year.

Wednesday - Jan 27, 2010

Jimmy Atkinson with Toys for the Children will be our speaker at the January 27th meeting.  He will be presenting information about how his organization brings toys to underprivileged children at favorite dive locations in different parts of the world.  If you would like to donate toys or other items to this worthy cause, please bring them to the meeting.


 

Wednesday -  Nov 18, 2009

The last meeting of the year is reserved for election of the next years Board of Directors.  Congratulations to the newly elected 2010 Board of Directors: President - Christie Zamora, Vice President - Kip Stubbs, Treasurer - Sandee Roquemore, Editor - Ja Van Pruett, Membership Director - Mei-Hwa Ferguson,

Board Member - Neil Lowrey, Board Member - David Romano

Thank you to the 2009 Board of Directors: President - Jim Delane, Vice President - Christie Zamora, Treasurer - Sandee Roquemore, Editor - Ja Van Pruett, Board Member - Randy Widaman, Board Member - Lanelle Hanagriff,  Board Member - Paul Hanagriff


 

Wednesday - Oct 28, 2009

Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Discover the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network and how we respond to all marine mammal strandings along the Texas Gulf Coast. Learn about our missions, understand how education plays an important role in increasing stranding awareness as well as how the TMMSN responds to and cares for live stranded dolphins and whales that come in to rehabilitation. We will also share our most recent rescues and success stories which I’m sure you will find of interest. Learn valuable techniques used to rescue a live stranded animal and how you can help support our work!

 

Wednesday - Sept 30, 2009

Guest speaker is Barbara Thompson with Dive Pirates.
Her presentation will inform and educate about their goals and successes. Dive Pirates is dedicated to providing
Adaptive Divers the opportunity and ability to share in the priceless booty of Scuba Diving in the Caribbean.
Come and see how Scuba can help people with a variety of disabilities and how divers can contribute to this worthy cause.


 

Wednesday - August 26, 2009

HEART (Help Endangered Animals-Ridley Turtles) is part of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, an international group who work for not only the Kemp’s ridleys but all species of sea turtles in the oceans of the world. Rod and Sharla Knoll from the Gulf Office of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project in Galveston made the presentation.  We learned how to help these enigmatic creatures and help restore balance to our seas.


 

Wednesday - July 29, 2009

Jim Rosborough led an 'volun-tourism' trip to Belize in March 2009. He will be talking about the trip and what you can expect should you join him on next years trip. He will be repeating the trip again in 2010. This is an inexpensive way to see some of the best diving in pristine waters in Belize! Definitely worth checking out if you want to dive something different in 2010.

Jim Rosborough will share his experience in volunturism on projects doing marine research with Earthwatch over the past 13 years. Jim has worked on projects in Belize, Aruba, Jamaica, Barbados, Exuma Cays, Puerto Rico, Bonaire, San Salvador, Hawaii, Thailand and St. John. Earthwatch is currently organizing research projects in the Seychelles and Thailand. Earthwatch Institute engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.


 

Wednesday - June 24, 2009

Shelley DuPuy of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary  will be doing a presentation. A lot has happened at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary within the past year.  A new research vessel was christened, a major hurricane plowed through the sanctuary then visited the offices, and a manta catalog was compiled.  Come find out more about all of these changes and discover  what you've been missing in the Gulf of Mexico.


 

Wednesday - May 27, 2009

Bill Jones - talk about "Selecting the best Dive Trip for You"

May's featured speaker is Bill Jones who will be talking about his upcoming trip to Cozumel.

Including what to look for and compare to select the right trip. Bill will contrast and compare the Cozumel trip but would like to point out things to consider and compare when planning a dive trip.

One of the perks to being a B.A.D. member is the great diving opportunities offered through the club. Bill's trip is scheduled for the last week in July and is touted to be one of the best diving values available. Come and learn more about this great trip from Bill and many of our members who have gone on this trip in years past.


 

Wednesday - April 29, 2009

Presentation by Moody Gardens - Aquarium SCUBA Divers Volunteer Program

Maria is the volunteer coordinator from the Moody Gardens Aquarium in Galveston.

Maria, is bringing some GREAT information on how to volunteer to work behind
the scenes. What is required to get involved, and answer questions.


 

Wednesday - Mar 25, 2009

Randy Widaman - Roatan Honduras


 

Wednesday -  Feb 25th, 2009

Our guest speaker for February was Dennis Camp (aka Capt Waldo).  Dennis has been diving in and around Texas since 1968, and has traveled the world sharing dive experiences with many local, regional and international divers.  Dennis’ presentation was on the new “Dive across Texas” program being offered through most of the Dive shops in the state of Texas!  This is an exciting new program being sponsored by Dive Training magazine, most of the major equipment suppliers and certifying agencies of the recreational scuba industry.  The concept is to promote local and regional diving in the state of Texas and bordering Gulf coast.  Participants will receive the chance to win over $10,000 in trips and scuba related prizes.  For more information you can go to www.divearoundtexas.com or visit your local participating dive shop


 

Wednesday - January 28, 2009

Craig Shannon and Maximum Scuba

These people did a great job telling us about local spear fishing. They brought some guns and did a nice presentation with slides and video. Maximum SCUBA dive shop of Seabrook Texas donated the door prizes. If you missed this meeting, you missed a chance to get some fantastic door prizes such as a dive computer, fins and lots of other stuff. Maximum SCUBA also told us about the spear fishing classes they hold and that they go out on a regular basis to dive the rigs for fun. Contact them and give them some business - go out to the rigs with them for a day! They are good people.

www.maximum-scuba.com

info@maximum-scuba.com


 

Wednesday - October 29, 2008

David Hergert with the Houston Police Department Dive Team

 

Wednesday - September 24, 2008

NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab Presentation

 We have invited Dennis Casey from the NASA NBL (Neutral Buoyancy Lab) to come to our September 24th general meeting to talk to us about what is that the NASA NBL dive team does in preparing our Astronauts and the other Foreign countries that work with the ISS and Shuttle team for their next

space flight. Dennis said he would try and bring some neat stuff used in the training to the meeting. Dennis got his open water certification in 1983 and his Dive Master certification in 1987.  He then went on to get his captain's license in 1989 and captained the Spree and the Fling for a number of years.  


 

Wednesday - August 27, 2008

Jim Rosborough shared his experience in volunteerism on projects doing marine research with Earthwatch over the past 12 years. Jim has worked on projects in Belize, Aruba, Jamaica, Barbados, Exuma Cays, Puerto Rico, Bonaire, San Salvador, Hawaii and St. John. Earthwatch is currently organizing research projects in the Seychelles, Belize, Thailand and Truck Lagoon.

Jim has been a diver and explorer for over 50 years. He grew up on the island of Aruba. This was a good opportunity to learn about the many ways that us divers can participate in these types of projects.

www.earthwatch.org


 

Wednesday - July 30, , 2008

Our guest speaker was Randy Smith of Sports Divers in Webster.  Captain Randy conducts local boat charters to go rig diving, to see the ship the VA FOGG and the Liberty Ship.  

As an additional treat, Sport Divers shared pictures and information about their Junior Divers Scuba Camp for kids 10 years old and up. 


 

Wednesday - June 25, 2008

Our guest speaker was Barbara Thompson with Dive Pirates.

Her presentation informed and educated us about their about their goals and successes in creating an adaptive diver program. .

Dive Pirates is dedicated to providing Adaptive Divers the opportunity and ability to share in the priceless booty of Scuba Diving in the Caribbean.

832-212-1967          www.divepirates.org


 

Wednesday - May 28, 2008

Our guest speaker was Larry McKenna with SOLO

Save Our Leatherbacks Organization

Larry had just got back from the jungles of Indonesia with new photos and an update on the endangered California Leatherbacks that nest there. This was an educational and very interesting presentation.

www.leatherbackturtles.com
(281) 361-4492

happycatproductions@earthlink.net   


 

Wednesday - April 30, 2008

The speaker was Jim Delane. The topic was the islands of Old Providence and Santa Catalina off the Caribbean coast of Panama. They call it the 'last natural refuge in the Caribbean'. The dvd presentation gave a good feel of just how pristine and laid back this dive destination is. Many members have indicated interest in going to dive.


 

Wednesday - March 26, 2008  - General Meeting

Guest speaker is Kyle Stephens

Divers Alert Network recently released a DVD that talks about the indication and treatment of the 'bends' otherwise known as DCS. The DVD was viewed. It was entertaining and informative.


 

Wednesday - February 27, 2008  - General Meeting

 

Guest speaker is John Thomas with H.E.A.R.T.

(Help Endangered Animals -Ridley Turtles)

The Ridley sea turtle nesting season on Galveston Island is coming up. John is a long time sea turtle educator, volunteer and activist. He will let us know how the preservation efforts of HEART are working

and what volunteers can do to help.

 

www.ridleyturtles.org

carole@seaturtles.org


 Wednesday, January 30, 2008

 

our guest speaker was Elizabeth Himes

with the Cayman Islands - Department of Tourism
The Cayman Islands are famous for the spectacular diving, the beautiful islands and the wonderful people. We will learned about the some of the wonderful things that the Cayman Islands have to offer. We found out about the difference in the three islands and what some of the resorts and dive operations are available. Also, Elizabeth brought some rum cakes. Thanks Elizabeth!

www.caymanislslands.ky        www.divecayman.ky
ehimes@caymanislands.ky
Capt. Waldo - Dennis Camp did a great job of providing door prizes. He provided some great prizes like masks, snorkels and all kinds of cool stuff. If you were not there - you missed out.

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2008

our guest speaker was Larry McKenna with SOLO - Save Our Leatherbacks Organization

Larry gave a great presentation about the dire situation with the Pacific Leatherback Turtles. The leatherbacks are quite prehistoric. Larry offers an expedition to Indonesia a couple of times a year to observe the laying and hatching of eggs. The Pacific leatherback turtle is a very unique animal. Over eons, they have developed a specific migratory pattern whereby they will migrate from specific beaches to specific regions. The turtles that Larry studies migrate to and from that specific beach to the California coast. They are the California Leatherbacks. They migrate to California and eat the jellyfish along the coast before they go back to that beach. On another beach on the island, the Australian leatherbacks lay eggs. These are exclusive of each other. Sadly, the population of California leatherbacks have declined drastically. The most likely cause is the extensive longline fishing that occurs along the migratory route from Indonesia to California. At this time, it is very likely that the California Leatherback turtle will be extinct by 2020. Larry McKenna has lead the effort to raise awareness about these magnificent creatures plight. I encourage everyone to learn more and to support Larry's conservation efforts. The excursions that Larry offers are scientific expeditions and are tax deductible. You are taken to a very remote and pristine area. It is a spectacular trip. If you are interested in details of the trip or would like to learn more about the leatherback turtle - please contact Larry McKenna.

www.leatherbackturtles.com
(281) 361-4492

happycatproductions@earthlink.net 
 

September 26, 2007

Moody Gardens Aquarium of Galveston did the presentation. Jay Reynolds and Yvette Schmidt  discussed what opportunities there are for divers to volunteer at the Moody Gardens Aquarium. Jay is in charge of the divers and Yvette heads up the Volunteer operations there. Moody Gardens has many tanks representing different ecosystems around the world including the Caribbean, the South Pacific, North Pacific, penguins and seals. This is a good opportunity to learn about the internal workings of the Moody Gardens Aquarium on Galveston, Texas. Jay's presentation that went over the basics of what is expected of dive volunteers. He will discuss what a typical day might be like and what volunteers can expect to do. He talked about the different exhibits that volunteers may get to dive. Jay covered the training program as it stands right now, and briefly discussed what he would like to see developed in the near future, i.e. a scientific diving course.

 

August 29, 2007

Thanks to the The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Heidi Watts did an excellent presentation on what TMMSN is all about and what they do. We discussed what they have done to help stranded mammals found along the coast. Heidi repeated many times the phone number to call should you find a stranded mammal - that is 1-800-9-MAMMAL. Probably one of the most valuable things I learned that if a stranded mammal is found, call them immediately, and it it is alive, provide shade, keep it cool and dig out sand from underneath to relieve stress on internal organs. Also it is important to report dead mammals do they can get out there quickly and determine the cause. She talked about animals the have rescued. Recently they had a pigmy sperm whale and it's baby. They also have recovered bottlenose, sawtooth and spinner dolphins off the Gulf Coast.  This should be a very informative and educational presentation. TMMSN will be at the Annual Scuba flea market   info link    on October 13th,  so you can stop by and check them out.

 

July 25, 2007  

Jim Rosborough shared his experience in volunturism on projects doing marine research with Earthwatch over the past 11 years. Jim has worked on projects in Belize, Aruba, Jamaica, Barbados, Exuma Cays, Puerto Rico, Bonaire, San Salvador, Hawaii and St. John. Earthwatch is currently organizing research projects in the Seychelles, Belize, Thailand and Truck Lagoon. Jim has been a diver and explorer for over 50 years. He grew up on the island of Aruba.

This was a good opportunity to learn about the many ways that us divers can participate in these types of projects. It was a lot of fun finding out about Jim’s adventures and experiences. He also plans to get with BAD in the coming year to see about getting a dive trip together to participate in the Belize project. More on that later!!

 

June 27, 2007
We had Dennis Deavenport with the HUPS (Houston Underwater Photographic Society) talked to us about underwater photography shots from recent trips to Indonesia and Cayman Brac. If you were at SeaSpace 2007, it was HUPS that had that gallery of beautiful photos and Dennis was a primary contributor to the collection. This was a fun presentation.
 

For more information about HUPS go to www.hups.org