Clubs play a major role for many scuba divers around
the world. Clubs are as important as they are fun. They
give you an opportunity to meet divers in your area,
find dive buddies, and even establish lifelong friendships.
But clubs are also important in giving you an opportunity
to stay active in diving, and increase your knowledge
Clubs range from a handful of friends to large and organized
clubs with hundreds of members. Some are privately run
by elected officers, some organized by local dive centers,
still others organized on university campuses and military
bases with limited memberships. But all have a common
goal, to bring divers together for the enjoyment of
the sport they share a love for.
Clubs organize local dives and trips throughout the
year. They commonly have instructors within the membership
that can help you continue your diving education, or
just to be there to help you feel more comfortable if
you are fairly new to diving. Clubs are important locally
for forming clean-ups or lending a hand in other community
environmental events. Clubs meet regularly where members
can share experiences (fish stories), hear guest speakers,
and plan future events for the club.
Scuba Yellow Pages continually receives requests for
information on clubs, and many ask how to start a local
club. We have an extensive dive
club listing and suggest that you first find out
if there is another club in your area. Joining an established
club is always preferred. They have the organization
and experience, and by joining you will add your experiences
as well. Establishing a new club can be a lot of fun,
but there will be loads of work involved and you will
need determination to see it through.
The Underwater Society of America has a manual on 'How
to Form a Dive Club.'
Table of contents includes:
sample membership form
sample club newsletters
sample waiver of liability
It is in 3 ring binder form. It sells for $20 including
postage. If you are interested contact:
We have asked some dive clubs for their direction in
starting a new club and have included their reponses
below. We hope this will point you in the right direction.
If your have been involved in starting a club, we
would like to have your comments as well.
Dolphin Dive Club of Sacramento
My name is Jack Millard and I belong to the Dolphin
Dive Club of Sacramento. We formed in 1980 as a nonprofit
incorporated organization, since then the cost to incorporate
has skyrocketed. We have about 100 members of which
about 20 are very active and the rest vary in their
participation, I think you will find this to be typical.
We meet one night every month at a local pizza parlor
with a large meeting area and a big screen TV and screen
to present videos and slides. At our meeting last night
we had about 50 members and guests. The best way to
recruit new members and to keep those you have is to
stage many activities the group enjoys. I will attach
a copy of the introduction page we give out to explain
our group. We try and maintain a good relationship with
all of the area dive shops and encourage them to support
us by referring new divers to us and by contributing
to our various events. We also invite them to make presentations
at our meeting about their trips and equipment without
making a direct sales pitch which would turn off our
We charge dues for different classes of membership.
An individual membership costs $30.00 per year, a family
membership costs $35.00 and a student membership is
only $15.00. We try to keep the kids active by organizing
fun things for them to do while the parents are diving.
Our major fund raiser every year is a charter to dive
on a liveaboard in southern California which typically
makes us about $3,000.00 per year. We use this money
to subsidize other events so a member actually receives
about $50.00 in benefits for the $30.00 dues if they
participate in all of our activities. I hope this helps.
Let me know if you would like to see a copy of our membership
application an/or club bylaws. We hired an attorney
to write our application to try and insulate us from
liability. We have a web page at http://www.DolphinDivers.org
HammerHeads Dive Club
I would like to first of all suggest that people look
into starting a local chapter of the HammerHeads. As
DEMA helps to sponsor it, the H-Heads are a good organization.
However, if that doesn't appeal to some folks, then
they might well benefit from a few other ideas. We,
as divers, should feel privileged to be able to experience
the underwater world. Scuba diving grows in popularity
each year, yet we still belong to a somewhat elite group.
There are things we can do to help maintain our own
interest and to get other divers interested and excited.
Do you have a local dive club? If so, get involved with
it. New members are always welcomed and appreciated.
However, if there is no club in your area, why not get
with some of your dive buddies and start one? Dive clubs
can be lots of fun and provide an avenue for divers
to stay involved year round. Regular club meetings can
provide a social activity, through dinner and a meeting,
and new learning experiences through interaction with
divers of various experience levels, guest speakers,
and slide shows. Clubs can schedule monthly dives (or
more often) to the local water hole, and schedule periodic
trips to farther destinations. Clubs can get involved
with the community with activities such as clean-ups
in or around dive sites. The whole idea of a club is
to bring divers together and provide a forum to pursue
If you think you would be interested in getting a club
started in your area, you must be willing to invest
the time and effort to make it work. Find others divers
that share your excitement about diving and the prospect
of a club. Plan out the details carefully, and divide
the work among your initial core group. And even though
it will be a lot of work in the beginning, the rewards
of a club will be great.
A dive club should be a useful resource to its members,
providing them with social interaction, a source of
continued education and dive buddies. Clubs provide
a common focus for members who have common interests
such as spearfishing, wreck diving, trips to tropical
islands, or other such specialized interests. Clubs
should pass along safety and environmental information
and provide incentive for active participation in diving
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