February 2015 Team Meeting Recap

Holy cow, folks!  It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these.  Been a little busy, but I’m getting better at prioritizing, so stay tuned.

Anyway, was great to see all of you who made it out to our February Team Meeting!  We are growing pretty fast these days – check out the slides for new members since November, 2014.  And we even had a couple more join us at this meeting, so a big “Welcome” to all our new Team Members!  Of course, we covered Team business, upcoming dive plans, announced another run of the Team Surf-Furs, and had a presentation on Fish ID from yours truly.  And, to wrap it all up, had a contest to see who could ID the most fish, with the winner getting a prize.  All-in-all, a pretty fun meeting.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed…

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  • February Boat Dive Recap
    • Catalina Marine Park
    • In conjunction with Reef Check survey and Open Water Class
    • Five divers made it out
  • February Beach Dive Recap
    • Las Tunas (planned) moved to Topanga South due to rocky entry
    • Eight divers, plus five guest, made it out
  • March Look Ahead
    • Boat Dive – Mar 21st aboard the Spectre
    • Beach Dive – Mar 22nd at Leo Carrillo
  • Team Surf-Fur
    • Place your order now
    • Looking at May delivery
  • Dive Travel – 3 Day Liveaboard on the Sand Dollar
    • Oct 9 – 11, 2015
    • Only 10 spots remain – get yours now
  • New Team Members
    • Welcoming 9 new Team Members since November, 2014!
  • Diver of the Month – January 2015
    • Two Events, 3 Divers made it to both
      • Vince A., Kevin A., Laz S.
    • Laz wins the drawing
  • Raffle Time
  • Fish ID Presentation and Quiz
    • Presented on Fish ID for common species in SoCal
    • Quiz Results – Kellen T. and Laz S. get 14 correct each
    • Kellen wins the drawing for prize

Again, was great seeing all of you, and look forward to seeing you soon!

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April 2014 Team Meeting Recap

It was really great to see everyone again at our April Team Meeting!  New members, visitors, and veterans alike showed up for a great time talking diving, getting an update on Team happenings, and getting a great presentation from our guest speaker, Chris Goldblatt of the Fish Reef Project.  For those of you who couldn’t make it out, here’s what you missed…

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  • April Boat Dive Recap
    • Charter of the Conception out of Santa Barbara
    • Diving at Santa Cruz (San Miguel blown out)
    • 13 Team Divers made it out:  Sam B., Ann B., Andrea and Doug E., Jay F., Nick M., Lois R., Jim R., Mike S., Ron S., Doak S., Kellen T., John W.
  • April Beach Dive Recap
    • Spring Cookout at Leo Carrillo
    • Challenging surf conditions – build up during the dive
  • May Look Ahead:
    • Boat Dive:  May 4th, Oil Rigs
    • Beach Dive:  May 17th, El Matador
    • Chamber Day (support the recompression chamber at Catalina):  May 7th
    • Team Meeting:  May 28th
  • Long Look Ahead:
  • Team Surf Furs
    • First run ordered!
  • Team Shirts
    • New styles ordered, delivered Apr 30th
  • Diver of the Month
    • Feb Recount – Still goes to John W.!
    • Mar – Doug E.
    • Congratulations to our Divers!
  • Raffle
    • 3rd Prize – Brian F.
    • 2nd Prize – Jim W.
    • 1st Prize – Mike S.
  • Guest Speaker – Chris Goldblatt
    • Fish Reef Project
    • Chris is working to establish artificial reef systems in Southern California and Hawaii.  The project uses specially engineered “reef balls” to create artificial reefs that are balanced in their ability to support kelp and fish species.  Check out the website, and see what you can do to help and get involved.

Again, it was great to see all of you again.  Looking forward to diving with you soon!

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March 2014 Team Meeting Recap

Good to see everyone again!  Things have been hectic getting the shop rolling again, but it is always rewarding to see you all to remind me why we do this.  For those of you who couldn’t make it out, here’s what you missed…

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  • Feb Boat Dive Recap
    • Spectre to Anacapa
    • Four divers made it out:  Bob C., Brian F., Kellen T., John W.
  • Feb Beach Dive Recap
    • Gaviota State Beach
      • Don’t dive here at low tide! Haha!
    • Five divers made it out:  Natalee O., Jim R., Mike S., Kellen T., John W.
  • Mar Beach Dive Recap
    • Leo Carrillo State Beach
      • Supposed to be Deer Creek – sand is gone!
    • Four divers made it out:  Kevin A., Jorge C., Mike S., Jown W.
      • Several guest divers
  • Mar Boat Dive Recap
    • Oil Rig Ellie, Wreck of the African Queen
      • Two new spots for us
    • Eight divers (full boat):  Jorge C., Andrea E., Doug E., Brian F., Mike S., Jeff S., Ron S., John W.
  • Team Look Ahead
    • Reminders on upcoming Team Dive Trips
    • May 7th – Chamber Day
    • July 19th – San Diego Wreck Alley Trip
    • Aug 23rd/24th – Monterey Road Trip
    • Sep 7th – Catalina Marine Park Trip
    • Oct 9th – 12th – Horizon Three Day Trip
  • Team Surf Furs
  • Diver of the Month
    • Recount Needed!  Stay tuned for April!
  • Raffle

Again, was great seeing all of you, and hope to see you again soon!

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February 2014 Team Meeting Recap

Another great meeting with all of you.  Thanks so much for coming out.  Had a great time catching up and talking diving.  For those of you who didn’t make it out, here’s what you missed…

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  • Beach Dive Recap – Refugio State Beach
    • Too rough at Tajiguas – relocated
    • 6 Divers – Ann B., Andrea and Doug E., Mike S., Kellen T., John W.
  • April Look Ahead
    • Boat Dive – April 5th, Truth Aquatics Charter
    • Beach Dive – April 13th, Leo Carrillo, Spring Cookout
    • Team Meeting – April 23rd
  • ScubaChef Event
  • Dive Trip / Charter Plan Review
    • April – Truth Aquatics
    • July – San Diego Wreck Alley
    • August – Monterey
    • September – Avalon, Santa Catalina
    • October – Outer Islands, Horizon Charter
  • Diver of the Month – January, 2014
    • 4 Divers made it to two events in January
      • Ann B., Doug E., Kellen T., John W.
    • Ann B. wins the drawing
  • Raffle
    • 3rd Prize, John W.
    • 2nd Prize, Gary L.
    • 1st Prize, Derek D.

Again, was great seeing all of you, and hope to dive with you soon.

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January 2014 Team Meeting Recap

Wow!  Was great seeing everyone for our first Team Meeting of 2014.  We had 28 divers in attendance, including 3 new members!  What a great way to start off the 2014 Diving Year.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed…

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  • Membership Renewals
    • Renewals going on – thanks for all who renewed at meeting / before
  • 2013 Team Survey Results
    • Thanks to all for your participation
    • Reasons for being on Team
      • Diving with friends, building camaraderie lead the way
    • Ways to improve / get more involved
      • Varying our dive plan for the year / more flexibility
  • Review of 2014 Dive Plan
    • Greater flexibility – alternate Saturday / Sunday, Boat / Beach
    • Tour the Coast
    • Varied trips and charters
  • 2014 Boat Dives – new stuff
  • 2014 Beach Dives – new stuff
    • Tour the Coast
    • Monterey trip
  • Cook-outs and Food
    • 3 big cook outs during year
    • ScubaChef on boats / at the shop
  • Photography Nights
    • Two during course of year
  • Diver of the Month / Year continuing
  • Member referral program
  • Frequent Diver Discount
    • 5 Team Dive events gets you discount off renewal

Again, it was great to see all of you.  Looking forward to another great year of diving!  Let’s get out there!

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