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Aqua Escapes Pages

G’Day Divers!
Welcome to Aqua Escapes meetup group! We are Rita Fitzpatrick and John Fleming and we’re excited to step-up to the Tampa Bay Scubadiving meetup to revive and support our large and active dive community here in the Tampa Bay area. You will see a renewed focus on “getting wet” in this meetup group. We will be advancing our dive knowledge, meeting and diving with friends, and look forward to gaining new dive buddies. We will dive here in Florida as well as some more exotic locations. We will learn about being a better diver: travel hints, photography, equipment care and other subjects.

First, may I introduce Rita Fitzpatrick: Diving since 1988, PADI Rescue certified with over 1500 recreational dives to-date. Love reefs, walls and wrecks and dabble in underwater photography/videography. Rita is knowledgeable of the better dive operations: Florida, Caribbean, Asia, South Pacific & Maldives. As an industry member, she knows many people supporting photography, marine conservation & studies. She is also affiliated with Suncoast Scuba Club, Sea Bunnies Dive Club of Clearwater, FSDA, & DEMA.

Her dive-buddy, John Fleming, was certified 16 years ago has logged 600+ dives. He is Advanced Open Water certified with NAUI and loves combining his other passions, International travel and sailing, with Diving. He has logged over 2 ½ million air miles and visited more than 65 countries. Now - don't you want him as a trip leader? Underwater photography, wrecks and drift diving are his favorites, although he picks up a pole spear and tries to do his part with our lionfish problem on occasion.

Right now, we are planning our first meeting, this will be dive travel 101 and a social. Date and location TBA, but we want to get the word out now that this group is Ready to Dive! We also have local gulf dives planned, an East Coast dive on the brand new “Lady Luck,” and international dive vacations in the works, so you won’t stay dry for long!

Our sincere thanks to Edward White who started this group a few years ago, and he did a great job planning for you all. We look forward to revitalizing this and meeting & diving with you all!


Rita Fitzpatrick & John Fleming

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About Aqua Escapes July 13, 2016 5:28 PM anonymous

Oldsmar, FL

Founded Feb 20, 2007


Aqua Escapes, John Fleming, Rita

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