We're starting our Pepper's Ferry diving May 9 & 10.
Come ond join us and get the season started.
Fun dives or training, everyone's welcome.
We're going to have a pool session for those needing a Scuba Review or those wanting to try Scuba for the first time.
There will be a Scuba Review where you can go over all those skill that have gotten rusty over the winter (or the last few years). It's fun, it's easy, and it's a great way to get back into diving for the season.
If you've always wanted to try scuba we will have a Discover Scuba just for you. No need for you to buy any equipment, commit to any class, or worry about performance. Just get in and try it. Of course, there will be a certified staff member to show the basics of scuba and then to supervise your play time.
You may register fro either class starting Monday, April 13, 2015.
We received an update on a Department of the Navy notice about access to sunken military vessels (think Oriskany, Schurz, Vandenberg, etc.). According to postings on the Internet (that repository of infinite "facts") the military was going to ban all diving on wrecks that were once military ships.
From DEMA, a dive industry association that works on the behalf of divers:
In the spring of 2014, discussion took place among members of the diving community regarding a January 6, 2014 Federal Register notice (beginning on page 620; 32 CFR Part 767; RIN 0703-AA90) pertaining to the ability of divers to access "sunken military vessels." At that time, and on behalf of the industry, DEMA reached out to the Department of Navy (DoN) to determine the extent to which the provisions of this Federal Register would impact routine recreational scuba diving activities in or about sunken vessels/wrecks. A copy of the request for clarification can be accessed here. In response to DEMA's request for clarification, DEMA received a favorable response from the DoN.
In particular, and on behalf of Dr. Robert Neyland, Head of the Naval History and Heritage Command, DEMA received a letter from Dr. J.B. Thomas, assuring DEMA and its Members that recreational divers diving in or near sunken military vessels were not the focus of the regulations. The entirety of the Navy's response can be accessed here. To summarize, the Navy advised DEMA:
- Diving on former Navy and ex-military vessels such as the Oriskany, Vandenberg, Radford, Spiegel Grove, etc., purposefully sunk to establish artificial reefs, is not an activity covered by the regulations because title to these vessels was expressly divested. There are regulations that might apply from NOAA FKNMA, and at some time in the future the DoN and NOAA-FKNMA will be entering into a Memorandum of Understanding on their respective roles. We will continue to monitor this process as it develops.
- Diving near and around sunken military craft is not prohibited. A permit would be required only if the diver intended to disturb, remove, or injure a sunken military craft or terrestrial military craft. Only intentional or negligent actions that disturb the craft would be considered as violations of the Act. We expect that at some time in the future additional regulations or clarifications will be published to effectuate the DoN position on this issue.
Recent rumors that sport divers were being banned from diving on military shipwrecks or wrecks that had any affiliation with the military are not accurate. However, removing artifacts from military shipwrecks is prohibited without a permit. DEMA will continue its interaction with the DoN, the NOAA-FKNMA, and their partners and monitor this process of developing regulations. To date the clarifications provided have confirmed that reasonable and responsible diving activities near to and around sunken military craft can continue.
This does not mean that restrictions will never be put in place. However, DEMA and divers can work to allow for continued access to military wrecks.
(the restriction on removing artifacts from military equipment has been in place for decades)
Effective March 2, 2015 we will no longer fill paintball cylinders. If you have a fill card we will honor that until all fills are used.
Today, March 2nd, we had a potentially extremely dangerous situation after filling a cylinder commonly used in paintball.
We were not told the owner had disassembled a part of the system and reassembled it incorrectly. After filling, the owner reattached the cylinder to his system resulting in an uncontrolled flow of air from a hose that began flailing about. The owner admitted to have taken it apart and reassembling it. Based on the results, it was very apparent that he did not have the knowledge or materials to perform the service he had attempted. What was especially disturbing was that he showed no concern over the events or the possibility of injury.
This was the second time that we had a cylinder vent uncontrollably due to incorrect service or parts where a customer or staff member could have been seriously injured. I am not willing to put the staff in danger over a simple paintball cylinder fill.