General Meeting Minutes February 2020

Reported by Secretary Gayle Hudson

Meeting called to order President Jono Dove at Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill in San Leandro, CA at 7:30 PM.

Entertainment: Reef Environmental Education Foundation ( presented by Melanie Moreno.

Members present: About 60


  • Ginger and Johnny: found us through Meetup when she was an abalone diver.  She and Johnny are getting certified.  They want to go on some fun dives with ATDC.
  • Alice: she was certified in Boston.
  • Mike and dive buddy Alex: certified last summer with Jim Steele and now they want to dive with the club.

Treasurer’s Report (Helga Mahlmann)

  • Club Assets: $6,122.49
  • Classes: $2,778.21
  • General Fund: $3,344.28


  • March 5: Brent Durand: Behind the Camera – Underwater Photos in California
  • April 2: Oran Arms: Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles
  • May 7: Dan Schwartz: Macro Photography in California & Indo Pacific

Membership/Meetup (Kat Smith – absent)

No report.

Training (Dennis Hocker)

  • Dennis said the most important thing to do as a new diver is to go diving and the club is here to help the newer divers become comfortable.  If you dive in California you can dive pretty much in the world, except maybe the North Sea!  Come dive with someone!
  • An AOW class in in progress; Rescue Diver and another AOW are possibly the next classes.  Dennis has an upcoming Entries and Exits training.  If there is interest in any other training, let Dennis know. For more information on training, contact Dennis Hocker at 510 792-5606 or Neil Benjamin at 510-673-0073
  • Jono reminded the club to use Meetup to schedule a dive, even during the week for those who have a flexible schedule.  Club dues are $40 and gives you access to Meetup.

Newsletter (Alan Throop)

  • The newsletter is out. Contact Alan at if you are not receiving the newsletter. Content is always welcome and input is due by the 20th of the month. Dive reports and photos are encouraged.
  • Alan announced our club meeting address in California Diving News has finally been changed from Round Table in Castro Valley to Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill in San Leandro.

Web (Kari Klaboe)

The website up to date. Content can be sent to Alan or Kari at Email Kari if you’re not receiving the newsletter or email updates.



Special Committee


Old Business


New Business

  • Dave Chervin announced the Reef Check training schedule is out.  It is scientific diving with transect diving, and certified volunteers learn how to identify about 100 species.  It is rigorous and divers must have a certain level of confidence. Requirements are 30 lifetime dives, 15 cold-water dives, six dives in the last year, and the minimum age is 16 years.  Divers must be comfortable in and around kelp forests, be able to perform a task-oriented activity, and be neutrally buoyant, and skilled in diving. Training classes are offered in Monterey, San Francisco, and the North Coast.  The schedule of classes is at


  • Matt Warren said several members would like to have a regular swap sale, and maybe a page in the newsletter to advertise items for sale.
  • Jane Call asked that activities have addresses announced. Discussion ensued.  POC phone numbers and addresses are on Meetup, which is available to members.  Gayle said that, since Facebook is public, personal addresses for activities are not listed.  Addresses are also listed in the newsletter, which is distributed 10 am on the last day of the month.
  • Overnight at MBA: Members need to let Kat know if they are interested in this event.  It will cost around $150-$175, including dinner and there needs to be a minimum of 100 people. Adults only, but members can invite family and friends.  Lindsay said 15 from VDM are interested.
  • Lindsay Martin was nominated Teacher of the Year for her school in Livermore!  Congratulations, Lindsay!

Past Dives

  • Melanie Moreno dove Breakwater yesterday and reported less than 10’ visibility.
  • Neil: He and Larry finished up the Cozumel trip with cave diving.  They went to a huge cenote called Monkey Dust and saw a crocodile.  Unusual rock piles in the cenote were, in fact, the charred remains of fire pits where 20-30,000 years ago the pre-Mayans had lit fires when the caves were dry.  This was Larry’s graduation dive for his cave diver certification.
  • Bill Chinnock went diving with Melanie’s club, the Monterey Bay Sea Otters Diving Club, for the Breakwater cleanup dive and enjoyed the experience. Alan reported he did a beach cleanup with others not diving that day. Dan Schwartz took his camera on the dive and had a nice long dive of 20’ vis diving with Melanie.
  • Meanwhile, Matt Warren was diving in a pool with students.  He urges divers who have been out of the water for awhile to take a refresher class because it does help.

Bone Award

Bo said Al left his float out on Breakwater wall and it floated down to #10.  Mike brought it in and Al was awarded the Bone Award.

Good Buddy


Upcoming Activities and Dives

Jono said our club dives are open to the public and each diver needs to assess their own capacity to dive.

  • February 15: Club Dive: Valentine’s Dive at Lovers Point. POC is Angela Boltinghouse. Meet at 9 AM.  Bill Chinnock may go down a day earlier if anyone wants to dive.
  • March 21: Club Dive: Golf Ball Cleanup at Pebble Beach. POC is Gayle Hudson.
  • April 18: San Carlos Beach. POC is Alan Throop.
  • June 13: Entries and Exits Monastery. POC is Dennis Hocker.
  • July 18: Jade Cove. POC Devin Martinez-Shinn.
  • September 26: Ocean Cleanup Day dive. POC Gayle Hudson.
  • May 8-18: Indonesia. Dennis is POC. Please check with Dennis for availability.


Upcoming Meetings

  • February 20: Board of Directors meeting at Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill at 7:00 PM.
  • March 5: General Meeting at 7:30 PM.

Meeting adjourned at 9:04 PM.