When We Meet
Marin Scuba Club currently meets on the third Wednesday of each month from January through November in the back room at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, 7:15 – 8:45pm.
Arrive early to dine with members in the Café, have a beverage, and peruse this fantastic bookstore. There’s plenty of free parking for members and friends.
Check out our Club Calendar. It includes:
- Guest speakers discussing all aspects of diving
- Slide shows, multi-media presentations, and videos
- Valuable travel tips and dive resort reviews
- Diving weekends (campouts with abalone diving)
- Club dive trips (Catalina and elsewhere)
- Holiday parties and club picnics
Wed., January 16, 2019
Kirsten Treais, Amazing Adventures Travels, “Close Encounters of The Cool Kind”.
This presentation will showcase the Cayman Islands dive scene; whale encounters in Dominica, the Dominican Republic’s Silver Banks and Tonga; plus a safari + sharks dive combo with the Big 5 of South Africa. Kirsten will share images and stories about scuba diving with friendly sharks, horseback riding through the rainforest and venturing out in a jeep across the vast African savannah.
Meeting at Book Passage, Corte Madera.
Wed., February 20, 2019
Patrick Webster, Monterey Bay Underwater Photographer / Videographer, “No Simple Answers–The Kelp Forest Under Siege”.
California’s kelp forests are at the center of the Golden State’s diving community––but the kelp needs our help. Exploding sea urchin populations, climate change, sea star wasting syndrome––what’s going on? What can we do? And where are the otters?! Meeting at Book Passage, Corte Madera.
Wed., March 20, 2019
Todd Steiner, “A Protected Superhighway for Turtles and Sharks”.
Galapagos Islands, the inspiration for Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, and Cocos Island, a place so amazing that Jacques Cousteau called it the “most
beautiful island in the world”, have some of the highest underwater shark biomass ever recorded.
The marine fauna at these two International Biosphere Reserves also include highly endangered migratory species such as scalloped hammerhead sharks and leatherback sea turtles. Recent research indicates movement of these species between the islands, and once outside the marine reserves, they are not afforded protection from fishery pressures.
His lecture will introduce you to Cocos Island’s underwater wildlife, the political initiatives to create the first “swimway” for highly migratory marine species connecting the National Parks of two nations, and how you can help, including as a volunteer scientist on a Cocos Island research expedition! Read more:
Meeting at Book Passage, Corte Madera.
Wed., April 17, 2019
Erena Shimoda, Underwater Portrait Photographer: “Total Immersion Has The Power to Remind Us of Who We Really Are”. Details to come.
Meeting at Book Passage, Corte Madera.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Erena received her Divemaster certificate in Venezuela in 2005, and began shooting underwater photographs in Thailand, Bonaire, Bahama, Corsica, Cozumel, Cancun, and Hawaii.
Specializing in underwater portrait photography, her background in New Media and Fine Art helps her create unique compositions in different media.
Erena pioneered underwater transformative photography after surviving a car accident in which she lost her father and was severely injured.
She volunteered at the American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program. The program is for cancer patients to reassure there is beauty during and after cancer.
The transformative effect of her portraits prompted her to use her experience in underwater photography to promote recovery. Cancer survivors experience the healing effects of being submerged in water and feel beautiful about themselves when they see the resulting portraits.
By combining total immersion with portrait photography, she discovered a powerful therapy that can help others traumatized by physical disabilities, domestic violence, and PTSD. She knows that the power of water healing combined with the creative process heals body and mind.
Wed., May 15, 2019
Jon Edens, Marin Diving Center on the latest gear for safe diving, trips for novices to advanced divers, and a prize raffle. Details to come. Meeting at Book Passage, Corte Madera.
Wed., June 19, 2019
Joshua Russo, “Urchin Diving on Califorina’s North Coast”. Details to come.
Meeting at Book Passage, Corte Madera.
Wed., November 14, 2018
Ana Blanco, “Film as The New Activism–Underwater Images to Help Protect Our Oceans”
Ana joined the International Ocean Film Festival (IOFF) as Executive Director in 2011, bringing more than 10 years’ experience in executive nonprofit management at various organizations throughout the Bay Area. Her vision and dedication to the IOFF has been vital to its growth into the leading ocean film festival in the U.S.
The IOFF attracts more than 5,000 attendees over a 4-day weekend each March, featuring more than 50 films from around the world, visiting filmmakers and panel discussions to address key issues affecting the health and protection of our oceans.
“Film as The New Activism–Underwater Images to Help Protect Our Oceans” will focus on how Ana and the IOFF are using underwater films and images to emphasize the need to protect and save our oceans. Read more: http://intloceanfilmfest.org/
Wed., October 17
Jason Bradley, “Lions, Tigers and Bears”
Jason is a highly regarded nature and underwater photographer based in Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. His unique sets of skills enable him to be equally adept at capturing images both below the surface and on land.
His October presentation will feature a selection of some recent expeditions from African wildlife, to tiger sharks from the Bahamas, to bears from the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.
Visit Jason’s site to see more of his work, to receive more information about fine art printing, his upcoming workshops and expeditions, and upcoming events: www.BradleyPhotographic.com, www.BradleyPrintServices.com and
Wed., September 19
David McGuire, “Shark Rescue: Saving Them From Overfishing
and The Shark Fin Trade”
David McGuire is the founder and director of the Ocean Health and Shark Conservation nonprofit Shark Stewards. He’s earned an enviable reputation as a sailing captain, dive master, filmmaker, educator and ocean explorer, producing media with an emphasis on shark conservation and ocean awareness.
His September presentation will feature updates about http://www.SharkStewards.org, which has worked to establish shark fin regulations in 12 U.S. states since 2006, and is currently supporting the U.S. Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act.
Wed., August 15
Ken Howard, “Photographing Large Marine Animals”
A Marin County resident since 1971, Ken was SCUBA certified in 1972, and got his advanced certification in 1973, the same year he took his first u/w photographs.
His August presentation will feature images of large marine animals taken on recent trips, including the Revillagigedo Islands (250 mi SW of Cabo) for giant pacific mantas; Dominica (Caribbean) for sperm whales; and Isla Mujeres (near Cancun) for whale sharks and sailfish.
But wait, there’s more! There will be photos and stories for grey whales (Mexico); the Amazon (Brazil) for river dolphins and more; and the San Juan Islands (WA State) for orcas.
If you’re not on a trip yourself on Aug 15th, this show at Book Passage is not to be missed! See more of Ken’s amazing work at: http://www.seaimages.org/
Wed., July 18
Dr. Cynthia Catton, “Causes and Consequences of
Large-Scale Bull Kelp Loss in Northern California”.
Dr. Cynthia Catton is an Environmental Scientist based in the Bodega Bay field office at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. She’s studied California kelp forest ecology and abalone population dynamics for more than 15 years.
She’s currently spearheading a large collaborative effort to support the recovery of the bull kelp forests in Northern California.
These underwater forests have declined by more than 90% of historic abundance due to environmental and ecological stressors. The consequences? They’ve been devastating to coastal communities that rely on strong tourism and on fisheries. Dr. Catton will describe the series of events that have led to the current ecological crisis and the collaborative efforts underway to support the kelp forests’ recovery.
Wed., June 20
Marin Scuba Club Presentation: Banco Chinchorro, Mexican Mayan Riviera.
Join us at our June meeting as a cadre of Marin Scuba Club divers join forces to present videos and images from an October 2017 journey to the warm waters of Banco Chinchorro on the Mexican Mayan Riviera near the Belize border.
“Fourteen club members visited Banco Chinchorro for the first time in October,” said Barb Wambach, MSC Activities Coordinator. “The most exciting diving was the banc, a one-hour ride from Mahaual, Mexico,” she added. “The wrecks on the outer side of the reef were the best that I’d ever visited –– laying in 25-35 feet of clear water, abundant with sea life and extremely colorful. The banc also featured large animals: leatherback turtles, eagle rays, stingrays, nurse sharks and reef sharks, as well as approximately 500 American crocodiles.
If you have some videos or images to share with the Club, please get them to Barb ASAP.
Wed., May 16
Paula Butler, “Salaya Beach House in The Indonesia Coral Triangle: Wow in Dauin”.
Paula’s love for the sea and photography were the two major factors in her decision to leave her job as a corporate VP and make diving a central focus in her life.
Now working in Marketing and Customer Relations for Salaya Beach House, she promotes a luxury beachfront dive and yoga resort situated in Dauin, just 15km south of Dumaguete City, and located in the “Coral Triangle” – Earth’s center of bio-diversity in the Philippines.
The beach is black sand, a beautiful backdrop for the marine life thriving in the sanctuary. The diving along the coast offers sandy bottoms, coral reefs and wall
diving around neighboring islands. Plus, the turtle sanctuary at Apo Island has long been listed in the top ten dive sites of the world.
Wed., April 18, 2018
Club Meeting: Jodi Frediani, “The Not-So-Secret Life of Humpback Whales on Their Breeding / Calving Grounds”. 7:15 – 8:45pm. Book Passage, Corte Madera. $5 for non-members.
Jodi is a Santa Cruz-based photographer and whale researcher. She’s been swimming with and photographing humpback whales in the Dominican Republic’s Silver Bank for 16 years, and has also been capturing the marine life of Monterey Bay for eight years, while taking time off for photographic adventures to Africa, Alaska, Brazil, Argentina, Antarctica, Thailand and Tonga.
Wed., March 21, 2018
Club Meeting: Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, “Nurdles and The Apocalyptic Sublime”. 7:15– 8:45pm. Book Passage, Corte Madera. $5 for non-members.
Since 1999, Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang as a collaborative team have been visiting Kehoe Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California. They have rambled 1000 meters of tideline of this one beach hundreds of times to gather plastic debris washing out of the Pacific Ocean and from this one beach have collected over two tons of material.
Nurdles are almost impossible to see until one learns what they are and how to differentiate them from a piece of shell or fish egg. Once recognized, you see numbers of them scattered across sand.
Wed., February 21, 2018
Club Meeting: “Signals of our Troubled Ocean” from the Arctic across the Indian Ocean, Australia, Pacific Ocean and Antarctica –– all the splendours of our ocean are sending us signals of trouble… Are we listening?, Michael AW and Friends.
7:00 – 8:45pm. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito.
Co-hosted by Marin Scuba Club, No. Cal. Underwater Photographic Society, the SF Bay Area Chapter of the American Cetacean Society, and other local dive clubs.
$5 for non-members.
Wed., Jan. 17, 2018
Club Meeting: “Mission Blue” Featuring Kip Evans, Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Director of Photography and Expeditions. 7:15– 8:45pm. Book Passage, Corte Madera.
$5 for non-members.
Dr. Sylvia Earle is the world’s most famous female oceanographer and diver. Her Director of Photography and Expeditions for “Mission Blue” is Kip Evans –– and MSC is thrilled to host him at our upcoming meeting.
Award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and explorer Kip Evans has led or participated in more than sixty expeditions throughout the world, including recent assignments in Antarctica, Costa Rica, Chile, and the Galapagos Islands. As a photographer, he has worked on dozens of National Geographic Society projects since 1998, including the five-year Sustainable Seas project to explore and document the U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries. As a cinematographer, Kip’s films have been featured at film festivals around the world and he has contributed work to all the major television networks including National Geographic, BBC and Discovery. Kip joined Dr. Earle’s Mission Blue foundation as the Director of Photography and Expeditions, documenting “hope spots,” critical areas around the world’s ocean that need protection in 2008. As a diver and submersible pilot, Kip holds a number of certifications and spent 17 days living underwater at the Aquarius Habitat as part of Mission 31. He was recently honored as the 2016 Ocean Hero recipient by the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Fri., August 25 – Sun., August 27, 2017
Camping at Emerald Bay and Scuba Dive Weekend in Lake Tahoe.
Ken Carter, our Special Program Coordinator, invites you to his planned trip for August: the Tahoe Camping, Diving, Mountain Biking, Grilling, Chilling, and other “ings” extravaganza. Ken has reserved two campsites at Emerald Bay State Park.
The trip costs $10 pp + vehicle parking.
If you’re doing altitude certification, Jim is discounting the rate to $100 pp.
Contact email@example.com for more information and availability.
Fri., Sept. 8 – Sun., Sept. 10, 2017
Fall Dive & Dine
Save the Date! Van Damme State Park. $25 campers.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Sat., Sept. 16, 2017
Coastal Cleanup Day @ Kirby Cove + BYOB Picnic. This is a proposed activity. Details and contact information to come.
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017
Club Meeting: Michael Webster, Coral Reef Alliance. “How Will Coral Reefs Survive The Next Century?” Book Passage, 7:15–8:45pm. $5 for non-members.
Wed., Oct. 18, 2017
Club Meeting: Nora Hall, The Hydrous. 7:15–8:45pm. Book Passage. $5 for non-members.
Wed., Nov 15, 2017
Club Meeting: Michael Stocker: Fish Ears, Lobster Creaks, and Whale Songs. 7:15– 8:45pm. Book Passage. $5 for non-members.