Ocean Rovers Scuba Club

The Ocean Rovers Scuba Club (ORSC) is the diving club in Frederick, Maryland having over 150 active members. Club meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month (except December). Meetings consist of club business, dive reports, and guest speakers with slide or video presentations. Meetings are open to the public with free admission and are held at the Brass Anchor Scuba Center, 519 E Church Street, Frederick, Maryland. Call 301-663-9363 for info, or email tbrady@fred.net

The club sponsors fun dives at local quarries, and ocean dives in the North Atlantic. An e-newsletter is published monthly containing local diving events, class and trip schedules. We also send a periodic email containing reports and schedules.

EVENTS
We go for a "fun" dive somewhere almost every weekend. If you need a buddy, we can pair you up with another diver who shares your skills and interests. Local diving consists of mostly quarry, some river and offshore Ocean City and North Carolina. Interest is increasing in Chesapeake Bay fossil dives in the Calvert Cliffs area. Our store sponsors trips to North Carolina, Florida, Bonaire, Roatan, Cayman, Cozumel, Bermuda and more. Club members are welcome to go on any store sponsored trips. See the web page Where Do You Go Diving Around Here and Travel Calendar. If you would like to organize a club event for 2014, bring it up at any regular meeting or call Terry at the store 301-663-9363.

Some of our regularly scheduled events are:

MEMBERSHIP
Club dues are $20 per year for a family membership which includes the monthly newsletter, discounts on new dive gear, and free or reduced admission to club events. Membership is from January to December 31. Dues paid from October to December apply through the following year. Dues for 2014 are now being accepted. You get: 10% discount off most cash, or check purchases at the BASC (5% for charge or debit purchases), discounted or free admission to club events, and monthly club newsletter. Club dues are used to buy refreshments for the meetings, food and supplies for the club dive events, postage, and gifts for the holiday party.

NEWSLETTERS
Monthly newsletters are sent by email in PDF format. Acrobat PDF Reader version 6 or later is required to read the newsletter. The free reader can be found at Adobe's website at http://www.adobe.com/ and clicking on Get Reader.

Archive copies of the newsletter can be found on the internet at http://www.brassanchor.com/pdf/ The Club newsletters are the ones starting with orsc and ending with .pdf. The numbers represent the month and year. To copy to your local hard drive, right click on link and save as ...

We are always looking for interesting material for the newsletter. I can accept almost any format (pictures too). Best way is to email to me with a subject line of For the ORSC Newsletter. Any local news, national dive news, or events will be published.

I will also publish your best pictures having anything to do with the club here. Just email or drop off at the store on a CD.

6thANNUAL ORSC/BASC UNDERWATER PHOTO CONTEST!
Did you shoot some sand tigers on the Spar, or capture some colorful critters in Cozumel? Did the perfect parrotfish pose for you in Palau? Or did you take your camera somewhere else on an underwater adventure of your own? Wherever you captured your best shot, please be sure to enter it in the 2014 ORSC/BASC Underwater Photo Contest! The deadline to turn in your photos to Brass Anchor is Wednesday, November 5th by 8:00 PM.

Any current club member (and those who join by the due date) may submit up to two 8 10 or 8 12 color prints (no mats or frames, please). Photos must have been taken between the dates of November 1, 2013, and November 1, 2014. Please write your name lightly in pencil on the back of each photo. Photos will be judged on photographic composition, technical proficiency, and degree of difficulty. The first, second and third place winners will be announced and awards given at the ORSC/BASC Holiday Party on Saturday, December 8th. All photos submitted to the contest will be displayed at the Holiday Party, and the top 12 or 13 entries will be featured in the 2013 ORSC Photo Calendar.

OFFICERS AND CONTACTS
President Ray Blanchard rncblanchard@verizon.net
Vice President Terry Brady tbrady@fred.net
Secretary/Treasurer Judy Brady judy@brassanchor.com
Web Page Terry Brady tbrady@fred.net
Newsletter Cyndi Blanchard rncblanchard@verizon.net

Election of officers is held during the January meeting.

Interesting shark teeth web site http://www.aquaexplorers.com/fossil_shark_teeth_diving.htm

You can see the Brass Anchor's dive schedule at Travel Calendar

updated March 20, 2014