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Old 08-04-2014, 02:35 PM   #1
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Reef Monitoring - Lionfish Safari

Reef Monitoring is inviting all divers to come out and participate in a Lionfish Safari!
This two-day event will be held September 6-7, 2014.
Diving day is Saturday the 6th, weigh-in is on Sunday the 7th. Weigh-in will be held at the Guy Harvey Outpost Resort on St. Pete Beach.
Cash prizes, awesome raffle prizes, give-a-ways, Guy Harvey autographed merch, activities for the kids, food, drinks, music, a GREAT TIME!

For more info, visit: http://www.reefmonitoring.org/lionfish-safari.html


Registration form will be posted soon!!
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:47 PM   #2
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Re: Reef Monitoring - Lionfish Safari

Here is the Registration form and the Rules.
All registrations and payment must be in by Sept. 1st

Don't forget to circle which dive shop you want to pick up your participant bag from!!!
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:28 AM   #3
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Prizes are rolling in for our raffle at the Lionfish Safari! Some might be added as random categories. Registration ends on Sept. 1st so get yours in today! Thanks to Mac's Sports in Clearwater for donating a JBL Magnum 450 speargun!
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:36 AM   #4
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Special thanks goes out to HammerHead Spearguns! HammerHead has been a great sponsor of Reef Monitoring and our local community events. They are back on board with two pairs of their kick ass Dyneema gloves as well as TWO of their LionBuster pole spears. I use a lionbuster myself and it's perfect. The 5-prong tip is far superior to the average 3-prong and the polespear itself is lightweight and strong.
Thank you so much HammerHead!!

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Old 08-20-2014, 11:03 AM   #5
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A new sponsor this year for Reef Monitoring is the Bay Area Corvette Club! BACC is a local car club in the Tampa Bay area stretching over 40 years of community involvement! The club actively participants in local events, car shows, etc... and gives quite a bit to local charities. If you have a corvette and would be interested in joining, check 'em out! They are hosting their 17th annual Corvette Show at Dimmitt Chevy in Clearwater on October 18th!
Thank you very much to all the members of the Bay Area Corvette Club!

http://www.baccvette.us/
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:17 PM   #6
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Thank you to Sunshine Scuba in Largo for donating TWO BCD's for the Lionfish Safari!
Sunshine Scuba is a full service dive facility in Largo, FL offering fills, gear purchase and service and dive trips. Sunshine is also interested in a long-term relationship with Reef Monitoring for our on-going Reef Survey collections. Keep an eye out for our monitoring kits at Sunshine in the near future!
Thanks Bob and Heather!!!

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Old 08-20-2014, 12:59 PM   #7
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Rock Bottom Divers is continuing their support of Reef Monitoring both for the Lionfish Safari as well as long term! They have donated a GatorPac Deluxe Backpack dive bag for the safari. Very comfortable backpack style bag that almost "got lost" here in the office. I'll be keeping my eyes on this one personally.
In addition, several of Reef Survey kits are being put together and will soon be available for divers to get out and complete our reef surveys. We are looking to make Rock Bottom Divers the central Pinellas HUB of data collection!
Scott Crawford runs a top-notch full service dive shop in Dunedin, Florida offering gear sales and service, dive trips and charters and a full line of certification INCLUDING disabled divers. Scott is a Handicapped Scuba Association Open Water Instructor, and works with numerous organizations certifying disabled vets in scuba.
Thank you for everything that you and your crew are doing!

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Old 08-25-2014, 09:50 AM   #8
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Thank you very much to Teresa and Jim's Dive Shop!
Jim's Dive Shop is a staple in the bay area and has done a TON for the local community. Teresa has been a huge supporter of Reef Monitoring for years now and has continued for the Lionfish Safari with a slew of prizes and goodies for your bags!
In addition, Jim's has also donated TWO gift certs for Open Water certification into the raffle! This will be a GREAT opportunity for non-divers to get certified. Non-divers at the weigh-in can win them for themselves to get into diving or you could win them as a gift!

Jim's Dive Shop is a full service dive shop located on Bay Pines Blvd in St. Pete. It is also the meeting place of the Gulf Coast Underwater Hunters dive club! Get in there and check them out!

Thank you so much Teresa!!!

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Old 08-25-2014, 09:59 AM   #9
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A great returning sponsor of Reef Monitoring are Capt. Mike and Capt. Heidi with Blue Water Life! Blue Water Life is focused on the amazing underwater world below. They specialize in Underwater Photography, Scuba Dive Trips and Travel.

I believe Capt. Heidi took home TWO titles from the Southern Open State Underwater Photo Championship in June this year including "State Film Style Champion" and "State Video Champion"
Rumor has it that Capt. Mike and Capt. Heidi are also registered to participate in this Lionfish Safari and will be a strong competitor! Maybe if Capt. Heidi can't put the camera down, everyone else will have a chance!!
Thank you very much!

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Old 08-25-2014, 10:11 AM   #10
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Special thanks goes out to Becky and David with Liquid Productions! They have provided us with a handful of their "Bare Bones of Spearfishing" DVDs! This 2 hour DVD is a great tool for new divers looking to get into spearfishing as well as seasoned divers looking for a few new tips and tricks.

Liquid Productions is an Emmy award winning professional Video Production Company that specializes in High Definition video, 3D Stereography, and Still Photography both topside and underwater.You have seen their work on Discovery Channel, NatGeo and most recently the Weather Channel's hit series "Catching Hell"

Thank you very much Becky and David!!!

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Old 08-25-2014, 12:13 PM   #11
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Thank you to the Brown Boxer Pub and Grille for donating $100 in gift certificates to the Lionfish Safari! Two separate $50 certs will be available for any of their three Tampa Bay locations. We highly recommend you see Mike at the Clearwater Beach location! Great food, 347,000 TV's throughout the place. Definitely one of the best sports bars around!
Thank you Mike and Brown Boxer!!!

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Old 08-25-2014, 02:34 PM   #12
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ZooKeeper is on board as a sponsor! Expect to see a few of the ZooKeeper LCU's both at this event and soon to be for sale by Reef Monitoring!
The ZooKeeper is the number 1 (and really only) device for safely containing lionfish during your dive quickly and efficiently. They are available in several different sizes and now with killer wraps!

Thank you to Allie and everyone at ZooKeeper!!

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Old 08-27-2014, 03:46 PM   #13
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Special thanks goes out to Genny and the Bay Area Reef Runners Dive Club! The BARR divers have been with Reef Monitoring since nearly the beginning and we sincerely appreciate their continued support.

The Bay Area Reef Runners is composed of over 400 members of various experience and interests including fossil hunting, underwater photography, videography, wreck diving, spearfishing and of course LIONFISH REMOVAL!!!
They have an upcoming trip planned for lobster hunting and spearfishing out of Pompano Beach as well as the dedication of the USS Narcissus for the new State Underwater Archaeological Preserve!

Check them out, they are a great organization and great supporters of Reef Monitoring!

THANK YOU!!!

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