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The San Jose Flipper Dippers
Happy Birthday - Now Celebrating Over 55 Years !
A Skin & Scuba Diving Club - For All The Right Reasons
Now that you have your SCUBA certification, who are you going to dive with? If you haven't been in the water for a while, how do you get back in?
We've got the answer!
Lots of FUN SCUBA dives to keep you diving and learning including our popular monthly
Second Saturday SCUBA (S3) dives!
Established in 1964, the San Jose Flipper Dippers dive club is one of the oldest skin and SCUBA diving Clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area. We've had over 100 members and many have been with the Club for over 20 years! Lots of experienced divers to dive with. We have dives and other activities scheduled almost every weekend during the year -- and you don't need to be a Club member to join us on our dives.
You can always find someone to go diving with!
Lost of FUN SCUBA dives: beach dives, kayak dives, freediving, charter boat dives, spear fishing, photography, lobster dives . . . just to name a few.
Divers and non-divers alike are welcome to all Club meetings!
Our General Meetings are held at the Santa Maria Hall of the Knights of Columbus, 2211 Shamrock Drive, Campbell, which is off S. Bascom Avenue near Camden Avenue. Map/Directions
The Club's General Meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
The meetings start at 7:30 PM.
Club dues are only $50 per year and includes discounts, a monthly newsletter and more! Recognized certification card and a 3-dive initiation is required before being voted into the club.
See Membership Requirements
Join in on the FUN - you'll be glad you did!
Take a look at this short video for an introduction:
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Cocos Island Dive Expeditions
Turtle Island Restoration Network, an ocean conservation group based in West Marin, is looking for scuba divers to join them on a 10-day dive expedition to Cocos Island, located 530 kilometers southwest of Costa Rica's mainland, where you will experience, view and photograph the incredible marine biodiversity of the eastern tropical Pacific, as well as have the exclusive opportunity to participate in sea turtle and shark migration research with Turtle Island biologists.
As a public charity, your payment towards a Turtle Island Restoration Network trip may be tax-deductible after you have participated in the expedition. Upcoming trips include:
o June 8-18, 2019: $6,295
o December 10-20, 2019: $5,295
o August 2-12, 2020: $6,445
o Nov 28-Dec 8, 2020: $5,945
Space is limited (Transportation is not included) -- reserve your spot at
Sea Turtles Org
or call (415) 663-8590, or email Todd Steiner at tsteiner@ seaturtles.org.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
With the easy access and great diving, Point Lobos is a wonderful place to dive. Due to the high demand SCUBA diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding require reservations and should be made in advance. Reservations can be made in advance, as far out as the current month plus two months or as little as one day in advance.
Rules, regulations, a dive area map and reservations, can be found on the California State Park's Point Lobos SCUBA Diving page. (Click on Image)
Summary: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, and Watercraft Activity Fees
Weekends and Holidays Reservation or Walkup: $30.00 + Processing Fee per reservation
Weekdays Reservations: $20.00 + Processing Fee
Walk-ins allowed Monday-Friday, if space available: $25.00 per team of two
Kayaking/Stand-Up Paddle Boards (SUP): $10.00 per Vessel
Boat Launch: $25.00 launch fee per boat (collected at entrance station)
Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber Fund Drive
Thanks to Everyone's Support the Chamber Has Reopened!
Pacific Grove's double-lock hyperbaric chamber, a lifesaving vessel used to treat scuba divers with decompression sickness, is up and running again! A service for divers since 1963, it was closed in June 2012 because of insufficient medical liability insurance. The local diving community continues to work to keep the chamber online.
The other nearest emergency hyperbaric chambers equipped for the needs of divers are at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco and at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
Over the years the San Jose Flipper Dippers have supported the chamber by donating money and specialty equipment directly to the chamber operation and have received informative educational tours of the facility.
Please consider a donation to keep this much needed, important resource for the local dive community in full operation. Donations to this project can be made online using a credit card or a PayPal account.
Your tax-deductible donation to the Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber Fund will go directly towards the reopening of the facility and its operations.
Donations can also be made by check and mailed to: Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation, 99 Pacific Street, Suite 455 E, Monterey, CA 93940
Monterey Dive Boats Matrix
Here's an easy to use matrix of the four Dive Boats currently operating in the Monterey Bay. Click on the image above to see a pdf showing photos, specifications, costs, boarding times, tanks supplied and Web links to the boats including: Beachhopper II, Escapade, Sanctuary and the Silver Prince. Be sure to check This Month's Activities to see which boat we'll be diving off.
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What can You do with Your Unused Dive Gear?
Recently a donation of $125 was made to the Wounded Warrior Project in exchange for some used scuba diving equipment. Looking for a way to put your unused dive gear to work? Offer to donate the money to this worthy cause in exchange for the dive gear. It's that simple!
Thanks to all for your donations for SUDS! In August of 2011, over 400 pounds of dive gear was collected for our disabled vets. Visit the SUDS Website to learn about this great operation helping our vets learn to SCUBA dive.
Read what California Diving News has to say about joining a Dive Club!
The Purpose of the Club today remains as it was when originally founded
To promote active participation in diving for safety, education and pleasure.
To encourage the conservation of all marine life by obeying all Federal and State game laws and urging others to do likewise.
To take an active interest in and to stimulate legislature favorable to, and promoting, the sport of "Skin and Scuba Diving."
To promote safety on the beaches as well as in the water.
To encourage good sportsmanship and cooperation in our club - and with other diving clubs - and to extend the universal fraternal courtesy to all fishermen and women, boaters and swimmers.
To volunteer services and facilities of the club to civil authorities whenever needed.
To carry on extensive research concerning underwater safety, new diving equipment and to promote an information service and training to all entering into the sport of skin and Scuba diving.
The Club offers its members a wide variety of skin and Scuba diving activities and other social, sport, recreational and community service projects in which participation is both enjoyable and rewarding.
Activities of the San Jose Flipper Dippers include:
FREE Monthly Newsletter
Weekend Camp-Out Dives
Movies and Slide Shows
Monterey Boat Dives
North Coast Camping & Diving
First Aid & CPR Training
Snow Ski Trips
Advanced Diver Program
General Meeting Raffles
Special Events and much, much, more!
National and local associations in which the San Jose Flipper Dippers have been recognized for their valuable asset to diving and local communities include:
CenCal (Central California Council of Diving Clubs) CenCal
USOA (Underwater Society of America) USOA
DAN (Divers Alert Network) DAN
NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) NAUI
PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) PADI
SEI (Scuba Educators International) SEI
YMCA Scuba: YMCA of the USA discontinued the scuba certification program on December 31, 2008. The lifetime scuba certification will remain valid. SEI Diving can assist those with fulfillment of a lost YMCA certification card. Visit the SEI Diving Website: SEI
Come join us at our monthly meetings and dives!
Need more info? Contact: clubinfo @ SJFlipperDippers .com