What we're about

We may be new to Meetup, but we are not new to the local diving scene! The Down Under Divers Club started out as part of Down Under Surf and Scuba about 20 years ago. After the shop closed in 2014, club members decided to keep the club alive as an independent dive club that supports ALL of the local dive shops. Five years later and we are still going strong!

Our members are passionate about diving and you will find Down Under Divers Club travelling to all corners of the world or simply enjoying a dive in a local quarry. Our purpose is to go diving, promote diving, learn more about diving, and then go diving some more.

What we do

• Monthly dinner meeting at Dave and Buster’s on the second Tuesday of each month. Each meeting has a speaker to present something of interest to divers. Recent topics have included exotic trip reports, famous North Carolina wrecks, and even the mating rituals of lobsters!

• During the local dive season (May-September), we host a cookout at one of the nearby quarries. This year we will likely split the events between Fantasy Lake Scuba Park and Mystery Lake Scuba Park.

• Epic end of year Holiday extravaganza! Each December before the holidays, we gather at Devil’s Ridge Country Club for a fantastic evening of socializing, drinks, dinner, and door prizes. Last year’s grand prize was a trip to Cozumel!

• Annual Polar Bear Dive at a local quarry each January 1. This year’s event was featured on WRAL, ABC11, and in the News & Observer!

Workshops on various dive related topics. Past workshops have included Dive Computer Basics and tips on Underwater Photography.

• A few special social events are also organized each year. In years past, we have done a painting class and a night at the movies. More fun events are planned for 2018.

Why join?

Membership does have its privileges. Our membership year runs from March to February and all members who join before April 30 receive the club gift.

Current club benefits:

· Free food when the Club cooks at summer dive outings

· Free admission to Club sponsored workshops

· First dibs on workshops, holiday banquet tickets and any event with a cap on number of participants

· “Members Only” Grand Prize drawing at Banquet

· Membership Discount Card – discounts with local dive shops

· Voting rights – Elect Officers to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and vote on significant club business

· Club gift – for all memberships paid by April 30, 2018

· Be cooler than everyone else

How much?

We offer several membership options.

Memberships through April 30:

· Single - $40

· Couple - $70

· Family - $90

Memberships on or after May 1:

· Single - $45

· Couple - $75

· Family - $95

We also offer a $25 "Student" membership to newly Open Water certified divers under the age of 21. Email jeff@downunderdiversclub.org for more information on this membership option.

Please visit http://www.downunderdiversclub.org/#/membership to join.

Still on the fence? Come to one of our monthly dinner meetings and see what we are about! We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Dave and Buster’s in Cary. We gather for dinner and drinks around 6:30 and the meeting and presentation starts around 7:30.

Dave and Buster’s

1105 Walnut St E101,

Cary, NC 27511

You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/downunderdiversclub/

and our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/downunderdivers/ .

Questions? Email elt@downunderdiversclub.org .

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March Dinner Meeting - Discover the U-352

Dave & Buster's

Join us, and hear Michael Muller from Olympus Dive Center discuss the infamous German U-352. The U-352 was a German submarine that was used during the notorious U-boat attacks in WWII along the NC Coast. On May 9, 1942 it was sunk by the Coast Guard Cutter Icarus. This site was discovered in 1974 by Olympus owner and Captain, George Purifoy, and several friends. About the speaker: Mike Muller first started diving in the quarries and Great Lakes while living in Ohio. He discovered wreck diving in his home state of North Carolina during the summer of 1969, and has diving here every year since then. He has been an instructor since 1973 and teaches nearly all the specialties offered by PADI. In 2018, after 40 years of diving the iconic German U-352, Mike became one of only two instructors in the world to teach the PADI Distinctive Specialty, U-Boat 352 Diver. Come join Mike as he continues to explore the other 70 percent of our planet, the underwater world. See you there!

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February Dinner Meeting - Animal Pee in the Sea

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