The Teen Research Underwater Explorers (T.R.U.E . Dive Team) is a 501(c)3, non-profit volunteer organization that was founded in 2010 to teach young men and women about the ocean, using hands-on underwater marine science. These young men and women also take what they learn and use it to work with and mentor Gold Star Kids (GSK) and Kids of Wounded Veterans. These hands-on experiences are designed to promote science, active stewardship, conservation of our oceans and coasts, while also building leadership skills, character skills and learning to appreciate the sacrifice and service that our Veterans and their families have made.
The MISSION of T.R.U.E. is to use marine science and SCUBA diving to develop leadership and character skills of young adults ages 12-18 that are trying to find a way to give back for future generations.
The VISION of T.R.U.E. is to help the Explorers learn about the marine environment, but more importantly, about themselves. Each Explorer is part of a team and, over time, acquires greater responsibilities within that team and the organization. As the Explorer’s responsibilities grow, so does their leadership and character skills.
Explorers are led by a group of adult volunteers with diverse backgrounds. (See Organization HQ and Tampa Bay Unit). Because of this diversity, T.R.U.E. can mentor the ‘Explorers’ in a variety of different avenues.
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REMINDER Thursdays meeting at Bill Jacksons 6:30PM, bring your dive gear and $10.00 for tank rental. We will be practicing buoyancy skills, frog kick, modified frog kick and backwards kick. We can review any questions you might have with your ongoing NITROX test in the class room after Mark S and Julie cover other TRUE topics.
Posted: 13:32 2014-08-19 Comment
Coral and I will be diving at Hudson Grotto this Saturday @ 9:00AM with Dive Heroes Inc. They have some wounded vets doing their open water check out dives and could use our help. If anyone from TRUE wants to come they would welcome our support. Message me for more info if you are interested.
Posted: 20:18 2014-07-16 Comment
TRUE divers & AAUS certified adults- I am looking for a diver to come out on a research trip on Wednesday (one day. Out of st pete. Diving for a USF project). Because of the short notice this is probably only going to be possible for those over18. Can anyone help out? Gage Flory Charlie Bigby?
Posted: 15:27 2014-06-23 Comment
Hey College kids, check this out! Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in Key Largo, FL is now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 Marine Conservation Internship. ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP: REEF’s Marine Conservation Internship provides an in-depth look into REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project and Invasive Lionfish Program. Geared towards college-age individuals, the internship provides an array of diverse experiences including scientific diving, outreach and education, data collection and management, non-profit operations, and public speaking. During the four-month long internship, you will have many opportunities to dive and volunteer with partner organizations in the Florida Keys and South Florida. Visit www.REEF.org/internship to learn more and apply. Application deadline is June 30, 2014. For more information, contact Martha Klitzkie at Martha@REEF.org or call 305-852-0030
Posted: 17:04 2014-06-07 Comment
Rescue open water training is going to be this Sunday , 1:30PM . We will meet at Paradise Nutrition and walk to the beach from there. Bring water , your gear with one tank and $ 7.00 if you want a smoothie from Paradise. This should be fun :) (19455 Gulf Blvd #9, Indian 19455 Gulf Blvd #9, Indian Shores, FL 33785)
Posted: 17:57 2014-05-16 Comment
TRUE Divers-Canterbury School of St. Petersburg has some summer opportunities for marine-themed high school internships if you are interested. You would be working with kids in their day camp programs & earning community service hours: Marine Science Camps • 6/9- 6/13: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Grades PK4 –2 *Half Day Session 1 • 6/16- 6/20: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Grades 4 – 8 • 6/23– 6/27: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Grades K– 4 Session 1 • 7/28– 8/1: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Grades K– 4 Session 2 • 8/4- 8/8: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Grades PK4- 2 * Half Day Session 2 ROV Camp • 7/21– 7/25 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM for Grades 3 -8 * Full Day Contact: Mrs. Jenna Cummings email@example.com The Canterbury School of Florida 990- 62nd Ave NE, Saint Petersburg FL 33702
Posted: 9:27 2014-05-13 Comment
ALCON, We will be having a meeting this Thursday, 6:30PM at Bill Jacksons. Libby Carnahan will be reviewing skills for Great Goliath Grouper Count. We will be practicing confined water rescue skills. Please bring bathing suit and dive gear. Please don't forget to bring $10.00 for tank rental. See you there.
Posted: 9:46 2014-05-12 Comment
This summer, Florida Sea Grant in Pinellas County is offering the Ranger Naturalist Program for youth ages 15-18, a service learning program at Weedon Island for students to earn volunteer hours and leadership experience that can be applied towards Bright Futures Scholarships. There will be an overview of the program this Saturday, May 10th at 10am. For more information, see https://rangernaturalist2014.eventbrite.com
Posted: 8:49 2014-05-07 Comment
Reminder Next T.R.U.E. Dive Team Meeting will be April 24 , 6:30-9:00PM at Bill Jacksons. Please bring bathing suit and dive gear. Please don't forget to bring $10.00 for tank rental. T.R.U.E. Tee-shirts will be available for $10.00 each T.R.U.E. Challenge coins will be available for $5.00 Please bring your dive log also
Posted: 11:16 2014-04-23 Comment
Next T.R.U.E. Dive Team Meeting will be April 24 , 6:30-9:00PM at Bill Jacksons. Please bring bathing suit and dive gear. Please don't forget to bring $10.00 for tank rental. T.R.U.E. Tee-shirts will be available for $10.00 each T.R.U.E. Challenge coins will be available for $5.00
Posted: 17:16 2014-04-15 Comment
https://www.facebook.com/events/640816005985003/?context=create&source=49 Come join Reef Monitoring on Thursday April 10th for a great update on our research as well as some special guests. This is a free public event and refreshments are provided. It's a great chance to interact directly with our scientists and see what we are up to. Special guest speakers for this symposium are Dr. Angela Collins with FWC on her upcoming Hogfish assesment and Chuck Mangio with the Pinellas County Artificial Reef Program. He's a good guy to talk to! Hope to see you guys there!
Posted: 9:03 2014-03-28 Comment
TRUE Divers- Here is an opportunity to do an underwater cleanup at Ft. DeSoto Park next Sat, March 15th and to build a long-term relationship with a local organization. I am volunteering as a diver and would love to see some of you there! http://www.projectaware.org/action/tampa-bay-florida-march-15-dive-against-debris
Posted: 14:11 2014-03-07 Comment
TRUE Dive Team, Parents and Friends. Come on out Thursday, March 6th for a Salty Topics you are sure to enjoy "Hook, Line, and Sink Em: A Study of Fish Descending Methods." The presentation will include a hands on look at various fishing tools that are in the experimental phase. Register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/salty-topics-hook-line-sink-em-a-study-of-fish-descending-methods-tickets-10086734695?aff=eorg
Posted: 12:33 2014-02-24 Comment
Notice to all divers. The state with the help of UF is conducting a survey on the health of our fishery. This originally went out to only fishing license holders both commercial and private. The diving community was not being represented. Please take the time to read this letter and also answer the survey. The other stake holders in this have had this for more than a week already so time is of the essence. In other words please do this ASAP. Also Please share this anyway you can. If you have any questions please give us a call. Peter Friedman Stuart Dive Shop 772-600-8288 Dear Diving Community Member I am writing to ask for your help with a survey that we are conducting with the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program at the University of Florida. We are looking to hear from members of the diving community about their views and experiences regarding the goliath grouper and its management. You are receiving this email because you are listed as the contact for a dive shop or club. We would appreciate if you could forward this email to your customers, members, and other contacts or post the survey link on your website. Of course, we would also like you to complete the survey yourself! Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LQSWRVP (This link can be forwarded or posted on a website) Your own and your customers' or members' responses to this survey are very important and will be presented to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fisheries Management Councils to help inform in their decisions on the future management of the goliath grouper. For more information on this survey and the goliath grouper please visit http://www.aquaticresources.org/goliath.html We appreciate your time and consideration. It's only through the generous help of people like you that our research into stakeholder perspectives on goliath grouper can be successful and help inform management decision making. Many thanks, Kai Lorenzen Professor of Fisheries Science University of Florida Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 352-273-3646 Web: http://sfrc.ufl.edu/people/faculty/lorenzen/
Posted: 6:50 2013-05-08 Comment