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Picnic, Beach Dive, and Swap Meet

     It's time for us to gather around the picnic table and share some great food and good dive stories.  This time, we'll claim some space in North Hollywood Beach Park to grill the burgers.  If we press him, Bob may bring his incredible bean salad that makes the picnic well worth the trip.

     Between servings of food, we will host a gear swap open to all members.  This is a chance to get some gear at bargain rates and to share with others gear that you no longer need.  Terms of swap or sale are between member - we trust all will be done in the spirit of friendship and the good of beach diving.  No dealers or stores are invited and commercial sales are unlawful in the municipal park. 

     Of course, we won't just eat great food and swap gear.  There is a great reef just offshore that receives very little pressure from divers.  The first reef is just beyond the sandbar in 16' of water.  The second reef is more of a swim but after 15 minutes on the surface, you will find ledges that often host lobster and always have a wealth of  tropicals, sponges, and corals.

     As time grows near, we'll start a pot luck list.  Fathom Five has already committed to hot dogs and buns, so we'll let the list grow from there.  The park has fresh water showers and restrooms.  Parking fees are $6 per car for all day - no meter feeding is necessary.  Multiple tanks dives are absolutely encouraged.


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  • divergirl4u

    Here is a video on the beach nourishment from yesterday: https://vimeo.com/79010101

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Here is my video :) https://vimeo.com/79006545

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Senen G.

    Great picnic. Definitely need to do it again!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • steven

    Boy did I have my days mixed up I thought this was on Sunday ,not Saturday :-( . And I bought 3 bags of chips, Well food can't sit around here because I"ll eat it . Back to the store they go , well maybe I keep the Cheese Doodles . Sorry

    November 9, 2013

  • Tom C.

    What a great group of divers who found a way to have so much fun when the water was too nasty to dive.

    2 · November 9, 2013

  • John G.

    Typo sorry I meant Tom and Liana. Darn IPhones!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • John G.

    Great event with friendly people. I am sure we are all grateful for Tom and Luana. I know I am. Thanks for organizing event.

    November 9, 2013

  • Ellen T.

    Great people, good food...and Massages ! Best Picnic Evah !!

    November 9, 2013

  • Angela

    Great picnic. Fitness instructor, therapist assisted stretches on the beach, massages...S. FL Beach Divers know how to throw a party!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Ellen T.

    I'm bringing my gear anyway Tom, you will let me know if I should attempt it please

    1 · November 9, 2013

    • Tom C.

      Of course

      November 9, 2013

  • Tom C.

    Too sloppy to dive for most but we can still picnic and learn from the massage therapists.

    November 9, 2013

  • danwbeery

    What is the word Tom?

    November 9, 2013

  • Capt. Bob P.

    I'm not going to make it today, sorry.

    November 9, 2013

  • Tom C.

    The wind has increased a bit creating some chop but not bad so far. We'll plan on diving in the morning but even if the surf is rough, we have a good time planned with the swap meet, picnic, and massage therapists - yes, there will be a massage chair and special personal fitness training FREE to South Florida Beach Divers. Bring a towel or blanket to participate in the stretching and strength exercises.

    1 · November 8, 2013

    • Senen G.

      Hey Tom, when do you think you'll know if the dive will be scrapped? Still planning on going Just want to know if i'll need to lug my gear or not. :-)

      November 8, 2013

  • Tom C.

    We have the opportunity to move this event to a pavilion or picnic area in John U. Lloyd State Park, just to the north of Dania Beach Park. Would that be an attractive option to anyone?

    1 · October 25, 2013

    • Marcela B.

      Any way it seem we wont be able to dive, so lets have fun at the beach... Try to bring beach toys !!!!!!!!!

      November 8, 2013

    • Ellen T.

      ok I know where that is - thanks !

      November 8, 2013

  • David

    Depending how my son feels in am.weather I can come I am ...

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • Igor S.

    Is there diving first or diving throughout the day? We wont' be able to make it for 9AM but will probably shoot for closer to 10-10:30

    November 6, 2013

    • Liana

      Hello Igor, there is going to be a pre-dive stretching class before, so it looks like we won't be getting started until 10 or 10:30 a.m. See you soon!

      November 8, 2013

  • Aron

    I am interested in finding out about the beach, reefs and tides as well as looking for advice on a good mask for free diving/snorkeling. My wife will make spicy coleslaw for the potluck. Will there be a specific location for this meet up?

    November 4, 2013

    • Liana

      Looks like we are going to picnic at North Hollywood Beach, which is right off of Sheridan St. We will be parked at the North end of the park (Old Blue Tahoe). There are many picnic tables and grills near that area. In addition to that we are not far from the beach. A good place to start looking for a good fit in a mask is Divers Direct or Force-E. They have knowledgable staff that are willing to spend time with you finding the perfect fit.

      1 · November 8, 2013

    • divergirl4u

      Tomorrow I want your thought on what we can do to bring awareness to this issue. It is time for us divers to pull together and do something good.

      November 8, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Tom - Hot dogs and buns
    Kim P - Fresh cut fruit
    Marcella - Arepas
    Steven - Chips
    Ellen - pasta salad
    Howie - Shrimp Salad and loaf of bread
    Bob - Bob's Bodacious Bean Salad.
    Liana - Charcoal, utensils, and paper plates
    Senen - Chips and salsa
    David - a couple of case of cold water
    John - Corona light or Corona Extra (12)
    Dave Z - sweets. Cookie/Brownies
    Aron - spicy coleslaw
    Dianne C - Bottled Water

    November 6, 2013

  • Dianne C.

    I will bring bottled water this weekend. We always need water for the picinic as well as after our dives.

    November 6, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Tom - Hot dogs and buns
    Kim P - Fresh cut fruit
    Marcella - Arepas
    Steven - Chips
    Ellen - pasta salad
    Howie - Shrimp Salad and loaf of bread
    Bob - Bob's Bodacious Bean Salad.
    Liana - Charcoal, utensils, and paper plates
    Senen - Chips and salsa
    David - a couple of case of cold water
    John - Corona light or Corona Extra (12)
    Dave Z - sweets. Cookie/Brownies
    Aron - spicy coleslaw

    November 5, 2013

  • Dave Z.

    We will bring some sweets. Cookie/Brownies!

    November 4, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Tom - Hot dogs and buns
    Kim P - Fresh cut fruit
    Marcella - Arepas
    Steven - Chips
    Ellen - pasta salad
    Howie - Shrimp Salad and loaf of bread
    Bob - Bob's Bodacious Bean Salad.
    Liana - Charcoal, utensils, and paper plates
    Senen - Chips and salsa
    David - a couple of case of cold water
    John - Corona light or Corona Extra (12) ... nice choice ;)

    November 4, 2013

  • Senen G.

    Hey Tom, do you have an extra tank for me? :-)

    November 2, 2013

    • Ellen T.

      I would like to dive first, so I can enjoy a beer afterwards...!!

      November 3, 2013

    • Senen G.

      :-)

      November 3, 2013

  • Ellen T.

    Tom, do you have a vest and tank I can use ??

    November 2, 2013

    • Tom C.

      But, of course.

      November 2, 2013

    • Ellen T.

      Thank you !!

      November 3, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Tom - Hot dogs and buns
    Kim P - Fresh cut fruit
    Marcella - Arepas
    Steven - Chips
    Ellen - pasta salad
    Howie - Shrimp Salad and loaf of bread
    Bob - Bob's Bodacious Bean Salad.
    Liana - Charcoal, utensils, and paper plates
    Senen - Chips and salsa
    David - a couple of case of cold water

    November 3, 2013

    • John G.

      Corona light or Corona Extra (12)

      November 3, 2013

  • Desi F.

    Sorry we will not be able to make it. Hope you all have fun.

    November 2, 2013

    • Tom C.

      We'll miss you.

      November 2, 2013

  • John G.

    Make that 3 now! Dori just got permission from his wife. :-)

    November 2, 2013

    • Tom C.

      You've got it!

      November 2, 2013

  • John G.

    Hey Tom! We need two sets of full gear for now. Are you able to accommodate?

    November 2, 2013

  • John G.

    Looking forward to it..

    November 2, 2013

  • David

    I will bring a couple of case of cold water

    November 2, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Tom - Hot dogs and buns
    Kim P - Fresh cut fruit
    Marcella - Arepas
    Steven - Chips
    Ellen - pasta salad
    Howie - Shrimp Salad and loaf of bread
    Bob - Bob's Bodacious Bean Salad.
    Liana - Charcoal, utensils, and paper plates
    Senen - Chips and salsa

    October 30, 2013

  • Senen G.

    Chips and salsa Ok?

    October 29, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Tom - Hot dogs and buns
    Kim P - Fresh cut fruit
    Marcella - Arepas
    Steven - Chips
    Ellen - pasta salad
    Howie - Shrimp Salad and loaf of bread
    Bob - Bob's Bodacious Bean Salad.
    Liana - Charcoal, utensils, and paper plates

    October 25, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Tom - Hot dogs and buns
    Kim P - Fresh cut fruit
    Marcella - Arepas
    Steven - Chips
    Ellen - pasta salad
    Howie - Shrimp Salad and loaf of bread
    Bob - Bob's Bodacious Bean Salad.

    October 23, 2013

    • Liana

      Liana - Charcoal, utensils, and paper plates

      October 25, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Tom - Hot dogs and buns
    Kim P - Fresh cut fruit
    Marcella - Arepas
    Steven - Chips
    Ellen - pasta salad
    Howie - Shrimp Salad and loaf of bread
    Bob - Bob's Bodacious Bean Salad.
    Jim - veggie tray and a dessert

    October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing veggie tray and a dessert

    October 24, 2013

  • Capt. Bob P.

    I don't need anything, but have a bunch of stuff to sell.

    October 23, 2013

  • Capt. Bob P.

    I'll bring Capt. Bob's Bodacious Bean Salad.

    October 23, 2013

  • Tom C.

    Ellen had a great idea. Anyone needing specific gear can list it so others can know what to bring.

    October 22, 2013

  • Ellen T.

    I am looking for a gently-used buoyancy vest, size XS or S - if any women out there are upgrading, please think of me....

    October 22, 2013

  • Ellen T.

    Vegetarian pasta salad - for how many ??

    October 21, 2013

    • divergirl4u

      We will have a lot of divers Ellen. Please just make a bowl to share :)

      1 · October 22, 2013

    • Ellen T.

      Will make a Big Bowl !

      2 · October 22, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Tom - Hot dogs and buns
    Kim P - Fresh cut fruit
    Marcella - Arepas
    Steven - Chips
    Ellen - pasta salad
    Howie - Shrimp Salad and loaf of bread

    October 22, 2013

  • Howie G.

    I will be bringing a nice shrimp salad - and plenty of it! Will there be bread? I can bring a loaf as well for sandwiches.

    October 22, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Tom - Hot dogs and buns
    Kim P - Fresh cut fruit
    Marcella - Arepas
    Steven - Chips
    Ellen - pasta salad

    October 21, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    Tom - Hot dogs and buns
    Kim P - Fresh cut fruit
    Marcella - Arepas
    Steven - Chips


    Howie - Ellen - Desi please let us know what dish you will bring to share.

    October 21, 2013

  • Howie G.

    As far as swap meet is concerned, can I bring some underwater camera equipment to sell? I have a 10-bar underwater housing for Nikon D80 DSLR and flash housing for sale. Thrilled to have it find a new home.

    October 21, 2013

    • Tom C.

      Absolutely.

      October 21, 2013

  • Marcela B.

    Arepas (colombian bread corn patty), with butter and salsa.....

    October 21, 2013

  • steven

    Chips ?

    1 · October 21, 2013

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