San Jose Flipper Dippers - A Skin & Scuba Diving Club - For All The Right Reasons

 



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The San Jose Flipper Dippers

Happy Birthday - Now Celebrating 50 Years !

A Skin & Scuba Diving Club - For All The Right Reasons


Now that you have your SCUBA certification, who are you going to dive with?
If you haven't been in the water for a while, how do you get back in?

We've got the answer!

Established in 1964, the San Jose Flipper Dippers dive club is one of the oldest skin and SCUBA diving Clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have over 100 members and have dives and other activities scheduled almost every weekend during the year.

You can always find someone to dive with!

Scuba dives, free diving, charter boat dives, abalone diving, spear fishing, photography, lobster dives . . . just to name a few.

See What Activites are Scheduled for This Month


This Month's Activities and Newsletter


GENERAL MEETINGS

Divers and non-divers alike are welcome to all Club meetings!

Our General Meetings are held at the Santa Maria Hall of the Knights of Columbus, 2211 Shamrock Drive, Campbell, which is off S. Bascom Avenue near Camden Avenue. Map/Directions

The Club's General Meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
The meetings start at 7:30 PM.

Club dues are only $40 per year and includes discounts, a monthly newsletter and more! Recognized certification card and a 3-dive initiation is required before being voted into the club.
See Membership Requirements


Join in on the FUN – you'll be glad you did!


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SPECIAL NOTICES


Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber Fund Drive

Thanks to Everyone's Support the Chamber Has Reopened!

Pacific Grove's double-lock hyperbaric chamber, a lifesaving vessel used to treat scuba divers with decompression sickness, is up and running again! A service for divers since 1963, it was closed in June 2012 because of insufficient medical liability insurance. The local diving community continues to work to keep the chamber online.

The other nearest emergency hyperbaric chambers equipped for the needs of divers are at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco and at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

Over the years the San Jose Flipper Dippers have supported the chamber by donating money and specialty equipment directly to the chamber operation and have received informative educational tours of the facility.

Please consider a donation to keep this much needed, important resource for the local dive community in full operation. Donations to this project can be made online using a credit card or a PayPal account.

Your tax-deductible donation to the Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber Fund will go directly towards the reopening of the facility and its operations.

For more information and donation options visit Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber Fund

Donations can also be made by check and mailed to: Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation, 99 Pacific Street, Suite 455 E, Monterey, CA 93940


Monterey Dive Boats Matrix

Here's an easy to use matrix of the four Dive Boats currently operating in the Monterey Bay. Click on the image above to see a pdf showing photos, specifications, costs, boarding times, tanks supplied and Web links to the boats including: Beachhopper II, Escapade, Sanctuary and the Silver Prince. Be sure to check This Month's Activities to see which boat we'll be diving off.


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What's new for abalone diving this year?

When the red abalone harvest season opened on April 1, 2013 the following new regulations are in effect and are printed on your abalone report card:

1) Fort Ross and Reef Campground are closed to abalone fishing from April 1 through May 31.

2) Prior to taking abalone, check current abalone and MLPA regulations in the area you will be fishing. Sites entirely within new MLPA reserves (Kibesillah, Saunders Landing, Horseshoe Cove) have been removed from the card. No abalone may be taken from those sites. Sites marked with asterisks (*) are partly within or near boundaries for new MLPA reserves and fishermen need to check whether abalone may be taken in the area where they wish to fish. Listing does not imply shore access.

You’ll also find the numbers where these MLPA areas are printed in BOLD on the card.
So, now you know.


Disabled Veterans SCUBA Project

At the May, 2012 General Meeting Melvin K. Pasley, Lt Col (ret) USAR, President of the Disabled Veterans SCUBA Project, presented a 22-minute award-winning documentary video and provided insight on serving disabled Veterans by helping them experience the camaraderie of SCUBA diving and the wonders of the underwater world. Visit the DVSP Website to see how monetary and equipment donations are helping disabled veterans learn to enjoy the great sport of SCUBA diving we all love!


Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS)

SUDS Website

Thanks to all for your donations for SUDS! In August of 2011, over 400 pounds of dive gear was collected for our disabled vets. Visit the SUDS Website to learn about this great operation helping our vets learn to SCUBA dive.


Read what California Diving News has to say about joing a Dive Club!

Benefits and Fun of the Social Aspect of Diving


The Purpose of the Club today remains as it was when originally founded:

  • To promote active participation in diving for safety, education and pleasure.

  • To encourage the conservation of all marine life by obeying all Federal and State game laws and urging others to do likewise.

  • To take an active interest in and to stimulate legislature favorable to, and promoting, the sport of "Skin and Scuba Diving."

  • To promote safety on the beaches as well as in the water.

  • To encourage good sportsmanship and cooperation in our club - and with other diving clubs - and to extend the universal fraternal courtesy to all fishermen and women, boaters and swimmers.

  • To volunteer services and facilities of the club to civil authorities whenever needed.

  • To carry on extensive research concerning underwater safety, new diving equipment and to promote an information service and training to all entering into the sport of skin and Scuba diving.

The Club offers its members a wide variety of skin and Scuba diving activities and other social, sport, recreational and community service projects in which participation is both enjoyable and rewarding.


Activities of the San Jose Flipper Dippers include:

FREE Monthly Newsletter
Weekend Dives
Night Diving
Underwater Photography

Family Picnics
Mid-Week Dives
Beach Clean-Ups
Weekend Camp-Out Dives

Safety Education
Spear Fishing Competition
Movies and Slide Shows
Discount Boat Dives

Free Diving Competition
Abalone Dives
First Aid Training
Trophy Program

CPR Training
Snow Ski Trips
Guest Speakers
Advanced Diver Program

Lobster Dives
Raffles
Special Events
and much, much, more!


National and local associations in which the San Jose Flipper Dippers have been recognized for their valuable asset to diving and local communities include:

CenCal (Central California Council of Diving Clubs) CenCal
USOA (Underwater Society of America) USOA
DAN (Divers Alert Network) DAN
NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) NAUI
PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) PADI
SEI (Scuba Educators International) SEI
YMCA Scuba YMCA Scuba NOTICE: YMCA of the USA discontinued the scuba certification program on December 31, 2008. The lifetime scuba certification will remain valid and the YMCA will assist those with fulfillment of a lost certification card.


 

Come join us at our monthly meetings and dives!

Need more info? Contact: clubinfo @ SJFlipperDippers .com


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