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Purpose: Sarasota Scuba Club is here to promote SCUBA diving, provide underwater educational programs and recreational activities. We hold a monthly meeting with marine-related programs, arrange dive trips, sponsor water-related social activities and have social gatherings for the whole family. We raise money to support our club expenses and to make donations to groups such as DAN (Divers Alert Network), Mote Marine and other community projects. History: During 1964, a group of divers in Venice formed the Venice Grouper Snoopers. In October 1965, the name was changed to the Venice SCUBA Diving Club. The Club became incorporated as a nonprofit organization on October 17, 1967. During the early years, the meetings were held in the member’ homes in both Sarasota and Venice. In the late 1970’s, as the membership expanded to include divers from Manatee county, the meetings were moved to the FOP Hall in Sarasota. In 1995, the name was changed to the Sarasota SCUBA Club, Inc Meetings: Our meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm at the Sahib Shriners Temple located at 600 North Beneva Road Sarasota, Florida 34232, one block north of Beneva and Fruitville. Come early and meet your dive buddies for dinner at the Sahib Shriner's Buffet or for a drink in their full bar and support their benevolent work. All members are encouraged to become involved and help on a committee. Our committees are Dive, Social, Membership, Newsletter, Programs, Community Service Advertising and Merchandise. Please contact any current Board member or Committee chairperson for information on how to get involved. Membership: Active membership is open to certified divers. A non-diving spouse, significant other and children are considered social members. They are welcome to participate in all social events and to accompany a member diver on dive trips. To become a member, you must complete a membership application, submit a copy of your certification card, sign a waiver and pay dues. Acceptance is based on a vote by the Board. Membership dues are $35.00 for a single and $50.00 for a family, and are due the first of each year. As a new member, your dues will be pro-rated according to which quarter of the year you join: (See our Membership Policies.) As a member you will meet other divers who share your interest in the sport and the marine environment. There is the opportunity to find a “buddy” for sea or land, and to learn about all aspects of diving. Since our activities include the family, your non-diving spouse or significant other need no longer feel left out when you talk about your SCUBA friends. Also, you will receive our monthly newsletter, a membership packet and, best of all, have fun!! Dive With Us

Upcoming events (5+)

1st Annual Lion Palooza and June Social

5161 Higel Ave

It's time ---- For Predators To Emerge !! Join us for a fun, educational,entertaining,---and tasty event celebrating the life--and DEATH of our guest of honor. (pictured above) Just in case anybody’s wondering, the mission of this party is for us to all have lots of fun, eat a bunch of good food, possibly consume an adult beverage or two, and enjoy some killer music. I also want to bring a little more awareness to the lionfish and what it’s punk ass is doing to our beautiful Gulf Reefs. There will be a interesting variety of people at this event, some of whom are extremely knowledgeable about these rotten little bastards and will be happy to share their knowledge and also help you to experience how wonderful they are to eat. There will also be a number of people who are Still Learning about these little scum bags (like me) and I’m hoping that some of them get inspired to go out there and become Lion Tamers. Live Music will be provided by local artists Midnight Mama featuring our good friends from the last event -- incredible vocalist TAYLOR OPIE , amazing guitarist THOMAS BENTLEY and the rest of this recently formed band of talented musicians. You won't want to miss this!!! Guests will get the opportunity to meet Allie Elhage- a local entrepreneur and inventor of the "ZooKeeper " (a lionfish containment device). Allie will spend some time talking about lionfish in general, as well as techniques for hunting, handling,and cleaning this invasive species that is destroying our reefs. ***Also there is a rumor out there that he has some killer recipes !!! Lots of food will be available to share as well as a good supply of Lionfish to eat and to be cooked. So break out you best lionfish recipe and be prepared to cook some up! Prizes will be awarded to the top three-based on a vote by party attendees Please bring a dish to share , and your beverages of choice in a cooler. Also the pool will be crystal clear, so bring your swimsuits and towels to cool off!! We can use all the help we can get collecting Lionfish For the Palooza on June 22 . Anybody that can help in any way to make this happen, please let me know. I will be very grateful and will do anything you need me to do, i.e. pick up ,clean , compensate etc. We don’t want Jodi to get worn out. Thanks People it’s going to be a great one. I can feel it coming. 1:00 PM Live Music by "MIDNIGHT MAMA" 2:00 PM Special Guest Appearance by : ALLIE ELHAGE ---Inventor of the ZooKeeper 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Lionfish Recipe Contest And Prizes Awarded

SSC Monthly Meeting

Sahib Shriners Center

Come to our monthly meeting, get involved and find out about all of the dives we are planning for the year, social engagements, trip reports, local dive reports, reef clean ups, volunteer events, holiday parties, dinners, cruises, and all of the awesome changes we are making to the club! Come at 7:00 and socialize with your dive buddies, meeting starts at 7:30.

SSC Monthly Meeting

Sahib Shriners Center

Come to our monthly meeting, get involved and find out about all of the dives we are planning for the year, social engagements, trip reports, local dive reports, reef clean ups, volunteer events, holiday parties, dinners, cruises, and all of the awesome changes we are making to the club! Come at 7:00 and socialize with your dive buddies, meeting starts at 7:30.

SSC Monthly Meeting

Sahib Shriners Center

Come to our monthly meeting, get involved and find out about all of the dives we are planning for the year, social engagements, trip reports, local dive reports, reef clean ups, volunteer events, holiday parties, dinners, cruises, and all of the awesome changes we are making to the club! Come at 7:00 and socialize with your dive buddies, meeting starts at 7:30.

Past events (162)

SSC Monthly Meeting

Sahib Shriners Center

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