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UADC's PADI Women's Dive Day 2018 is almost here!

21 July 2018 starting at 10 a.m.

Dutch Springs, PA

Join UADC instructors Bridget Neary & J. Elizabeth Clark for our popular (and now annual!) PADI Women's Dive Day. We'll feature guided dives, an underwater scavenger hunt, girl gear talk, health & wellness talks, dive travel, lunch, snacks & more!

#padiwomen2018 #padiwomen #divedivedive 

A modest fee ($25.00) covers the costs of lunch, prizes, and guided dives! RSVP today!


**This event is open to certified divers only!

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It's the question. The question on every dive. You know that you've asked yourself, your dive master, and other divers this very questions.
What kind of fish is this? Don't know? Don't be THAT diver!
We still have spots open in our upcoming Fish ID class! Join UADC's favorite fish nerd, Instructor Neil DeMaster as he takes you through the basics of how to identify the fish you see. You'll learn how the shape and size of fish, along with color, helps you to identify our underwater friends. You'll also learn how to prepare to identify fish based on where you'll be diving. This great class will set you up to know exactly what you're seeing underwater!
Join us on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(P.S.: this is a black sea bass, which is critically endangered. Interestingly, divers often try to identify fish by color. As the black sea bass shows, that's a mistake: "Juveniles start out life as a bright orange colour with black spots, with the orange turning a more bronzy purple as the individual grows and the spots fading as the fish gets darker. Large adults often appear solid black to grey, with a white underside, but retain the ability to display large black spots. Indeed, black sea bass are in fact capable of rapid and dramatic colour changes, from dark above and light below to displaying white mottling or simply changing from jet black to pale grey. These colour changes are thought to act as a form of communication between individuals or to be an indication of stress." You can learn more about black sea bass at Arkive (https://www.arkive.org/black-sea-bass/stereolepis-gigas/image-G18633.html).

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 What's a little snow and ice?

Not to be deterred by a little thing like freezing temperatures and a wicked cold front, some of our intrepid UADC staff ventured out for a New Year's Eve dive at Dutch Springs. Paul, Gerry, Chris, Neil, and Greg braved the cold to increase their 2017 bottom time by an impressive 58 minutes. The hearty crew logged almost an hour dive as they made a circuit of favorite underwater attractions, including the Cessna, the tanker, and the cove. They are happy to let you know that all of your favorite Dutch Springs destinations are hibernating, awaiting your spring dive arrivals!


(Gerry and Paul model their winter superhero costumes)


(Underneath that snow is that picnic bench you set your gear up on...

when Dutch Springs was a comfortable 75-90 degrees this summer!)


New Year's Eve Dive Log

Time: 58 minutes
Max Depth: 68 feet
Min water temp: 44 F
Air temp: 11 F

Hot chocolate, good humor, and dry suits sustained our crew. However, they reported a long, cold walk back from the cove to the shower room, during which they all got to experience the excitement of ice formation on their suits. Exciting! They're just about ready for diving in the Arctic! Many thanks to Rob for surface support and assistance in getting divers out of their icy gear! Many thanks to Paul for the hot chocolate.

And now, anyone up for doing a little ice diving? Seems that this will be the winter to try out that specialty...

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