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.

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. 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 2017, bring it up at any regular meeting or call Judy at the store 301-663-9363.

Some of our regularly scheduled events are:

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 2016 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.

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.

New and 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.

It’s that time of year again. Labor Day is just around the corner and back-to-school sales are under way, and that means it’s time to start planning your entries for the 9
th annual Ocean Rovers SCUBA Club Underwater Photo Contest and 5th annual Underwater Video Contest. The requirements for the contest are similar to previous years: you must be an ORSC member (or you can join when you enter) with current dues paid, and your photos and video must have been taken underwater between November 1, 2015, and October 31, 2016. Any member is eligible to submit two 8 10 or 8 12 inch prints (with no mats or frames) and/or one 3-minute video to Brass Anchor by close of business (8:00 PM) on Friday, November 4, 2016.

Because photos and videos are judged anonymously, we ask that video submitters please do not include photographer or editor credits in the version of their video that they submit for the contest. We will work with the submitter to add those credits before the Holiday Party if desired.

To submit a video, please put your file on a flash drive or DVD and stop by the shop to either drop off the media or ask Terry to copy the file to the BASC network. We will not download videos from websites such as YouTube. Please try to submit your video in a format that can be played on the BASC classroom computer and HDTV. The contest organizers will preview all videos on the BASC equipment soon after the submission deadline so that we can work with submitters to modify any files that have problems being played on the club equipment. Formal evaluation of still photos and videos will be done by a panel of judges with a strong background in photography and will be scored based on a combination of 3 basic attributes: 1) technical proficiency, 2) artistic merit, and 3) difficulty/uniqueness. There will also be a “people’s choice” vote   (anonymous ballots, with photos and videos identified by number only) at the November club meeting on Wednesday, November 16th. The scores from all judges, as well as the people’s choice voting results, will be tallied to determine the top three winning photos and the top video. These will be announced and prizes awarded at the ORSC/BASC Holiday Party on Saturday, December 10th (please note the date on your schedule!). All photos and videos submitted will be shown at the party.

And even if your photo is not chosen as one of the top three, you will still have a chance to see your work published in next year’s club calendar. At least 13 of the best-rated photos will appear in the ORSC/BASC 2017 Calendar for you and your fellow club members to enjoy next year. So keep your cameras at the ready and the photo contest in mind over the next few months, and give us your best shots!

President Ray Blanchard rayandcyndi@outlook.com
Vice President Terry Brady tbrady@fred.net
Secretary/Treasurer Judy Brady judy@brassanchor.com
Web Page Terry Brady tbrady@fred.net
Newsletter Cyndi Blanchard rayandcyndi@outlook.com

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 August 16, 2016