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I completed my O2ptima CCR class over last week, February 29th through March 4th, at Add Helium in Ft. Lauderdale and it was an absolutely amazingly AWESOME experience!! The staff are all VERY friendly and VERY helpful with any questions or concerns you may have, and I did have quite a few! The facility is awesome, very well laid out and a very comfortable, fun and efficient learning environment. The quality of instruction was phenomenal, everyone knew the material they were teaching very well and made it easy to understand and learn. The presentations and lectures were presented in a way that made them easy to follow and understand and I learned A LOT! Everyone knew the equipment inside and out, they were able to make recommendations to fit and function that worked very well which helped to make it feel like it was custom made! All the other services offered through Add Helium REALLY helped make the visit a very pleasant and enjoyable stay as well. The charter boat used for the class was phenomenal as well! All the staff there were very friendly and helped with anything you needed help with. They had fresh fruit, snacks and refreshments for in-between dives and made it a really enjoyable experience! To have had the opportunity to be around all the people in and around Ft. Lauderdale for the week that have such an understanding and passion for what they do was something I will never forget, it was a great experience learning from them all and I cannot wait to get back there! Of course NONE of this would have been possible without the T.R.U.E. organization who put on the raffle that afforded this incredible opportunity. There is no way I can fully express how grateful and thankful I am for such an amazing thing to have happened!! I hope to someday be able to meet some of the group and help out with all that you do! Thanks again to all of you for everything, I am very grateful for all you helped me to accomplish this past week, I really truly do appreciate everything! THANK YOU AGAIN EVERYONE!! John
Posted: 17:33 2016-03-10 Comment
Heyo my wonderful TRUE team! Hope all is well! I thought I would make a general post about this since any of you may be able to help me. I'm over here in San Diego, and happen to see online that there's a Sales Representative position for DEMA! I think this is right up my alley and would love to work for them. Do any of you guys have any DEMA contacts that may help me with this??? David Palandro Mark Flory Mark Stephens??? Anything helps! I just need to get out of my current job lol Thanks guys!
Posted: 13:16 2015-08-09 Comment
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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 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. Because of this diversity, T.R.U.E. can mentor the ‘Explorers’ in a variety of different avenues.
Posted: 18:45 2014-04-16 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