Club meeting notes 11-Oct-2019

We had a meeting combined with a pizza party at our house on Friday 11-Oct and a nice turnout. Thanks to all who could attend and help with some lively discussion! Here are the notes we presented at the meeting.

Club meeting notes, 7-Jun-2019

Here are the meeting notes from our 7-Jun meeting in case you missed it. We had a lively discussion and welcomed new member Rick too!

Our next meeting is August 2, so we will skip the July meeting. Looking forward to seeing many members on our trip to dive in the Florida Keys in a couple weeks!

Club meeting notes, 5-Apr-2019

Thanks to all those that were able to attend our meeting last night. It was a great discussion and glad everyone was able to come and share some thoughts with all of us! You can find the slides below.

March 2019 club meeting notes

We had a good sized group join us for the March meeting at our house. We had a fast-paced presentation about Coral Identification and a few issues that coral reefs are facing.

The presentation ended right as the pizza arrived for the pizza party. After pizza and some visiting, some gear was exchanged at the gear sale. A few people left with some great deals and everyone was happy to move gear from one house to another!

Here are the notes that we covered in a hurry so we could all enjoy warm pizza (instead of cold!).

Meeting notes 14-Dec-2018

Overview and events slides from the dive club:

Questions about events or any upcoming trips, please contact

Links to programs and websites relevant to the discussions:

Presentation from Prof Cheryl Heeneman:


Club meeting notes 2-Nov-2018

We had a good group including some new members attend our club meeting! Welcome Patrick!

Club meeting notes 12-Oct-2018

Here are some notes from the dive club meeting on 12-Oct-2018. Thanks to everyone who attended and shared the pizzas together!

Please review the slides, especially the end ones regarding Blue Herron Bridge. If you’d like to help, consider adding your name to the petition:

Club meeting notes 14-Sep-2018

Here are the notes from the club meeting on 14-Sep-2018.

Club meeting notes: 3-Aug-2018

Here are the meeting notes from 3-Aug-2018. We reviewed the “Socorro” trip from June 2018 and introduced *two* new liveaboard trips we’re planning for 2020!

Next meeting: 14-Sep-2018

Bottom Breathers Liveaboard: 31-Jul-*2020* – Guadalupe White Shark Cage Dives

Updated: 23-Jul-2018, 28 berths remaining!

We are going to see great white sharks from underwater cages. This boat runs 5 cages–some at the surface and some submersible. This isn’t normal scuba diving as you won’t have scuba gear (no BCD, no fins, no tank). Instead, you’ll wear an exposure suit, some weight and stand in a cage while breathing from a 2nd stage regulator supplied from surface via long hoses. There’s no chum in the water (that’s not allowed by law), but they do bait the sharks using fish heads on ropes that they throw into the water to draw the sharks in for viewing.

This trip will be on board the Nautilus Belle Amie for 5 days. The trip departs from San Diego, CA (airport: SAN) on 31-Jul-2020 and returns on 5-Aug-2020. We’ll have one day of transit each direction and 3 full days of cage diving at Guadalupe.

Where: Guadalupe Island (Mexico), departing from and returning to Ensanada, Mexico (private bus transportation from/to San Diego, CA – about 2h ride)
When: Depart Ensenada on 31-Jul-2020, return 5-Aug-2020
Who: Bottom Breathers Dive Club has the whole boat reserved for now – up to 32 (cage) divers!! Boat and crew is run by Nautilus Liveaboards.
Boat: Nautilus Belle Amie (video about the boat:

Cost (per person – availability as of 23-Jul-2018):

  • Premium Suite – $4,295 – main deck
  • Superior Suite – $3,695 – upper deck
  • Stateroom – $3,195 – lower deck
  • Single Stateroom – $3,994 – lower deck rooms for single diver
  • Triple Stateroom – $2,895 – lower deck room with 3 bunks (only 2 occupants allowed)

Every room has a private bathroom in the room. Each room has two bunks (except for triple room). The Superior Suite rooms can be rearranged so that the two bunks are pushed together into a queen sized bed.


  • $100 deposit to reserve a spot (per diver, non-refundable)
  • 10% due 31-Jan-2019 (18 months from trip)
  • 10% due 31-Oct-2019 (9 months from trip)
  • 20% due 31-Jan-2020 (6 months from trip)
  • balance due (about 60%) 1-Jun-2020 (2 months from trip)

Cancelation policy:

  • $100 deposit is non-refundable
  • 18-9 months prior to departure, 10% of the trip price is forfeit
  • 9-6 months prior to departure, 20% of the trip price is forfeit
  • 6-2 months prior to departure, 40% of the trip price is forfeit
  • 2 months or less prior to departure, 100% of the trip price is forfeit

Of course, we will likely stay in San Diego for a day or two before and after the trip and would love for more to join us. You can’t book flights this far in advance, but a quick look at flights from ORD (to SAN) shows airfares less than $400 per person (rt).

First come, first served!

Look forward to another great trip with Bottom Breathers!

Contact for more information or to reserve a spot on the trip!

Dan & Anne

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