When We Meet
Marin Scuba Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month from January through November via Zoom from 7:00 – 8:45pm. We hope that all of our members and friends can stay safe and stay healthy.
Starting on August 11th, have started meeting at the Sausalito Parks & Rec Center at 420 Litho Street AND via Zoom. There is free parking in the lot, as well as Bee, Bonita and Litho Streets. NOTE: The Rec Center has its own entrance on Bee Street, so do not enter upstairs through the parking lot.
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 when available)
- Club dive trips (Northern/Southern California cold water & tropical warm water)
- Holiday parties and club picnics
Wednesday, October 13, 2021: David McGuire, “Sharktober: Celebrating Sharks from California to China & Connecting Cultures for Conservation”, Hybrid In-Person / Zoom Meeting.
We’re proud to host the Founder and Director of Shark Stewards, a project of the Earth Island Institute. In 2003, his non-profit introduced the California shark fin trade ban and has led several states and international movements limiting overfishing of sharks and shark fin trade.
David is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, teaching marine policy, and a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences, conducting shark research studies in San Francisco Bay and in Malaysia. He also works in education and monitoring with the Ocean Protection Council and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in our state marine- protected areas, and with NOAA in West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries.
David said, “An estimated 73 to 100 million sharks are killed for their fins each year. There is much to be done and each of us can play a role.”
David has written many articles and three books:
- “Sharks for Kids: A Junior Scientist’s Guide to Great Whites, Hammer- heads, and Other Sharks in The Sea” –– is now available on Amazon.
- He co-wrote “Surviving The Shark”.
- A third book on sharks and sanctuaries will be published later this year.
He’s also produced several award-winning documentaries on sharks, diving, and adventure, and has been involved with the International Ocean Film Festival San Francisco since 2007.
Recent work includes pattern recognition on tiger sharks and manta rays using photography, algorithms, and applying the data to local conservation.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021: Dr. Pia Winberg, “The Science and Importance of Seaweed”, Hybrid In-Person / Zoom Meeting. We look forward to hosting the CEO, Director and Chief Scientist at both Venus Shell Systems and PhycoHealth Seaweed Science.
Situated in the pristine Shoalhaven region, 200km south of Sydney, Venus Shell Systems is at the global forefront of producing unique, traceable, premium quality marine biomass from the unspoiled waters of the Tasman Sea. Their products:
- Have been pioneered with a proprietary controlled cultivation and production process.
- Are used in their food-grade seaweed extract, PhycoGreen™, a functional food ingredient with high nutritional (up to 40% protein) and bio-functional properties.
- Are formulated to the specifications of their specialist partners, using their proprietary PhycoLAB™ process.
- Have created Ultra Green, clean carbon dioxide to rapidly grow unique seaweed biomass and extracts for use in biomaterials, cosmetics, dermatological care, food, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals.
- Join us on Wednesday, September 8, from 7:00–8:30pm for a topic that can positively impact the world’s food crisis. Read more about Dr. Pia Winberg:
https://www.venusshellsystems.com.au/ and https://www.phycohealth.com/
- Watch Pia’s presentation on Vimeo.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021: Mike Bartik, “Blackwater: The Ultimate Photo Op”, Hybrid In-Person / Zoom Meeting. For this meeting –– in person and via Zoom –– MSC proudly presents an underwater photographer residing in Anilao, Philippines and photo pro at Crystal Blue Resort.Originally from Southern California, he has an insatiable love for finding unique marine life and telling its story through photos and video. Mike is a widely published, award-winning photographer, writer, and international public speaker whose work appears monthly in various publications, aquariums, and museums.
He hosts photo clinics, workshops, and seminars at Crystal Blue Resort, concentrating on the different aspects of underwater photography and the natural history of Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific.
Mike is also a global ambassador for Sea & Sea underwater imaging, Kraken Sports, Ultralight Control Systems, Retra UWT, and works with many companies to bring quality products to market.
“I fell in love with the ocean at a very young age while growing up in Southern California,” he says. “It had a strong pull on me then as it does now. I learned to snorkel while on family vacations in Hawaii, where I also used a camera underwater for the first time.
“I soon became an instant master of shooting fish-butts and the king of backscatter. After learning to dive years later and never without a camera, I decided to find a mentor to help me improve upon my skills, and so it all began.
“Underwater photography has defined my love connection with the ocean and has bridged a gap between myself and others in a way that I never expected it to. Today, most of my time underwater is spent shooting, teaching, mentoring, and learning as much as possible.
“With nearly 6,000 dives under my belt, I feel that I have barely touched the tip of the iceberg and am grateful every day to have embarked on this lifelong journey.”
Join us on Wednesday, August 11, from 7:00–8:30pm for a very interesting topic and some truly amazing images.Read more and see many gorgeous images by Mike Bartick at SaltwaterPhoto.com and DiveCBR.com. Watch Mike’s presentation Vimeo.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021: Jim Elliott, Director / Founder of Diveheart.org –– “Scuba Therapy: Imagine The Possibilities” Zoominar. Jim left a successful career in the media business to launch Diveheart.org, a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization that helps build confidence and independence in people of all ages––children, veterans, and others––with disabilities through zero gravity and SCUBA therapy.
Since 2001, Elliott, a volunteer with no salary, has initiated SCUBA Therapy research with university medical centers around the U.S., including the first study on Autism and SCUBA Therapy and the world’s most innovative Adaptive SCUBA Training program for instructors, dive buddies, and Adaptive Divers. He also lectures and trains dive pros in the “Business of Adaptive SCUBA”.
He’ll be joined by Executive Director Tinamarie, a Chicagoan, who was the first in her family to attend and graduate college. She’s always found way to give back––through candy striping, coaching softball, teaching Sunday school, or swimming to people with disabilities.
When asked what drew her to Diveheart, she said: “I grew up with a cousin who lived his life with both physical and cognitive challenges. Joey didn’t let much hold him back and I just know he would have loved SCUBA had he known about Diveheart.”
Join us on Wed., July 14 from 7:00–8:45pm for this important discussion about those less fortunate than ourselves. Read more at www.Diveheart.org and watch this video: tinyurl.com/fudy2xm5. Make a donation. Watch Diveheart’s Presentation on Vimeo.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021: Mark Stanley, Co-Owner, “What’s New at The Old Bamboo Reef”, Zoominar Club Meeting. MSC is pleased to present the co-owner of one of San Francisco’s oldest dive shops –– where many of our current and past members were certified.
Mark said, “Diving for over 20 years and teaching for 16 years, diving is my passion and I use any excuse to get underwater. It is one of the reasons I started teaching. “Diving has taken me all around the world and to places I never dreamed of visiting. I have been to the tropical waters of the South Pacific and to the chilly waters of Iceland. I enjoy diving with big animals and so my favorite spots are the Galapagos and Socorro.
“We are fortunate to have an amazing place to dive in our backyard, so I am down in Monterey diving two to three times a month.”
After retiring from one profession, Mark Stanley and his son Brian purchased Bamboo Reef San Francisco and Monterey in 2016. The SF shop was founded in 1961 by Al Giddings, then owned and operated by Sal Zammitti from 1972 to 2016. One of the Stanley’s goals has been to upgrade and expand services at both shops.
Join us on Wednesday, June 9, from 7:00–8:45pm for an informative discussion on what’s new at Bamboo Reef with the latest innovations in dive gear, advanced and technical classes, freediving, monthly fun and upcoming dive trips, its online store, how COVID changed their class structure, and great stories about a lifetime underwater. Watch Mark’s presentation on Vimeo.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021: Alex Rose, “From Pole to Pole: Exploration With A Purpose”, Zoominar Club Meeting. As the Science Editor for Ocean Geographic Magazine, and the Managing Editor for Ocean Geographic Explorers over the past six years, Alex has written more than 50 articles both in print and online. Additionally, she’s been published in Alert Diver, Sea Technology Magazine, Womanscape, and has contributed text to three books.
Ms. Rose has served as the Project Manager on several expeditions including two – one to the High Arctic and the other to Clipperton Atoll – that were granted Explorers Club flags.
As a vocal ocean advocate, she has given more than 30 public presentations in the last year on a variety of topics ranging from purposeful exploration and plastic pollution, to climate change and the ethics of underwater photography.
Ms. Rose is also a professional photographer, accomplished violinist, Explorers Club Fellow, and PADI Divemaster. In the last year, she placed in five international underwater photography competitions, including taking second in the UN World Ocean Day Photo Competition, first in the Beneath the Sea Imaging Awards, and Grand Prize in the National Wildlife Photo Contest.
She founded a membership-based ocean conservation company, Blue Ring, at the beginning of 2017 in an effort to create a new method of ocean conservation accessible to and inclusive of everyone. Since then, she has raised $20,000 to support the work of marine conservation nonprofits.
Alex is also a co-founder of Wave Film Fest, a Chicago-based video celebration of our world’s waters that saw its inaugural event last year, and is the Secretary of Deep Hope, a nonprofit founded by Dr. Sylvia Earle to build citizen submarines. Her driving goal is to find ways to protect our planet’s precious marine habitats through diving, writing, photography, education, and research.
Her presentation: “From Pole to Pole: Exploration With A Purpose” will take you on an extensive journey of her vast diving experiences around the world, sharing photos, and the fascinating stories behind them. Find out more: www.BlueRing.blue. Watch Alex’s presentation on Vimeo.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021: Shane Gross, “Bahamas Underwater: A Decade of Exploring the Marine Creatures and Habitats”, Zoominar Club Meeting.
Shane Gross, a Canadian marine photojournalist and Emerging League Member
of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), spent the last decade exploring and photographing the Bahamian archipelago and using those images for conservation gains.
In March 2021, Shane released his book on diving in these special islands. With over 200 pages and 11 chapters on topics ranging from Sharks and Rays to Marine Mammals, to Conch, to Science and Conservation, he explores the animals and habitats that make The Bahamas so special. See much more at www.ShaneGross.com. Watch his presentation on Vimeo.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021: Marty Snyderman, “Finding and Photographing Fishes & Their Behaviors”, Zoominar Club Meeting. Marin Scuba Club is pleased to present Marty Snyderman: a prolific writer, u/w photographer, and videographer who has created magic for decades.
Marty says, “No doubt about it, the amazing diversity in the world of fishes brings many people to diving. But there is a lot more to enjoying the world of fishes than just seeing them and moving on.
“Learning where and when to look for different species, watching fishes go about their daily lives, gaining some understanding of their behaviors, and photographing them can add a lot of fun to diving.
“Certainly, photographing fishes well is an endeavor filled with challenges. But it is also very educational in terms of getting to know Mother Ocean, and it is lot of fun and extremely rewarding when you capture the images you have in mind.”
In Marty’s “Zoominar”, he’ll share insights into how to find various fish species in the reef communities and muck at Atlantis Dive Resorts, in Dumaguete, and in Puerto Galera in the Philippines; reveal perceptions into their behaviors; and disclose his thoughts and techniques about what he does to try to capture his fish photographs.
Marty’s Bio in Brief.
Honored with the 2018 NOGI Award in the Arts by the Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences, an EMMY Award winning cinematographer, author of 10 books, a recipient of DEMA’s Reaching Out Award, and a widely published still photographer, Marty has worked to conserve and share the magic of the undersea world for almost 50 years.
He serves as the Marine Life Editor of Dive Training magazine, producing at least three columns in every issue including a photography column entitled Behind the Lens, and is the Senior Editor of California Diving News.
Marty’s still photography has also been used by the National Geographic Society, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife Federation, Sport Diver, Diver, Ranger Rick, Smithsonian, Ocean Realm, Discovery books, Discover Diving magazine, Scuba Times magazine, and Skin Diver magazine, where he served as the photography columnist for all three magazines, and many major publications, natural history museums, and aquaria including the Monterrey Bay, Shedd, National, Seattle, and Miami.
He has worked with Nikon Inc. teaching courses at destinations around the world and authored an underwater camera course for Sea&Sea USA.
Marty has been trying to get those perfect shots for almost a half-century. See much more at: www.MartySnyderman.com.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021: Howard and Michele Hall, “8K Underwater”, Zoominar Club Meeting. Globally noted as the foremost underwater natural history film producers for TV and the giant screen, we are truly blessed to welcome Howard Hall Productions for this month’s meeting.
IMAX films produced and / or directed by Howard and Michele include Into The Deep, Island of the Sharks, Deep Sea 3D, and Under The Sea 3D.
The Halls have also contributed to many other giant format productions including The Living Sea, Journey Into Amazing Caves, Coral Reef Adventure, Journey to the South Pacific, Humpback Whales and Lost Worlds.
|The Halls have produced numerous television films for PBS Nature, National Geographic, the BBC and other broadcasters. They are the recipients of seven Emmy Awards. Watch The Hall’s Presentation on Vimeo.
Wednesday, January, 13, 2021: Professor Ezri Tarazi, Design-Tech Lab, The Technion, Israel: “3D Printed Terra Cotta Tiles Create Artificial Red Sea Reefs”. Zoominar Club Meeting. To help combat the death of coral reefs because of global warming, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, pollution, and overfishing, Professor Ezri Tarazi, created artificial reefs, which can attract fish, repopulate reefs, and –– ultimately –– change the world. But he did this by using a 13-foot high 3D printer to make ceramic tiles from terra cotta in the form of lattice structures instead of other materials on the shores of the Gulf of Eilat.Most of the artificial coral reefs are about 3 meters (10 feet) high by 1 meter (3 feet) across, which are constructed to attract different types of fish species with different colors of coral made from 100% terra cotta material.Approximately 50 species of fish are now hiding, laying eggs, and sleeping in the world’s first 3D-printed bioplastics and ceramic reef in the Red Sea. These manmade reefs could be the key to rebuilding our ocean’s dying coral reefs. Watch Professor Ezri Tarazi’s Presentation on VimeoWednesday, November 11, 2020: Dottie Frazier, Trailblazer and Diving Pioneer. Zoominar Club Meeting.