The Courtyard Marriott in Natick is undergoing renovations. Our General Meetings during the renovations will be held at the Sheraton Tara:Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
1657 Worcester Rd
Framingham, MA 01701
Join us for a weekly Date @ 8 shore dive. We meet at the Burger King on Rt.128 in Beverly every Saturday morning and head to one of Cape Ann's numerous dive sites for a dive or two. Dive sites are decided on the spot to accomodate the experience and skill levels of those who show up, and everyone is welcome - members and non-members alike. Click for photos of past shore dives
Please contact the coordinator (listed on the Date @ 8 page linked
above) a day or two before Saturday if you'd like to join us, to make
sure the group doesn't leave without you if you're running a little late.
Also, please note that during winter months we meet at 10am! See you there!
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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014:
TEMPORARY VENUE! Please join us at 8:00pm
at the Sharaton Tara on Worcester Road in Framingham.
(Membership meetings will be held at this location until further notice)
For many divers, the time spent underwater often includes catching a meal of lobster, scallops, or local fish. Hunting and harvesting can be a lot of fun (and tasty), but there are important rules that govern the harvest. Sometimes the rules can seem unclear - even downright confusing - but divers have an obligation to understand and follow regulations. For example, many divers don't realize that a recreational fishing license is required to take finfish while diving regardless of the gear type used. This month, Vincent Malkoski from the State's Division of Marine Fisheries will kick off the 2014 dive season by reviewing the rules and regulations that apply to diver harvests in Massachusetts waters. Come learn how to stay out of trouble while catching your next dinner!
Vin Malkoski is a Senior Marine Fisheries Biologist and the Diving Safety Officer for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. Over his 32 years with the agency, Vin has worked on many different projects and managed the Division's Habitat Program from 2001 through 2007, reviewing projects such as Cape Wind, the MA Ocean Plan, and the EFH update. Vin has served on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Habitat and Artificial Reef Committees and the New England Fisheries Management Council's Habitat Plan Development Team. His current duties include horseshoe crab management and research, PCB fisheries monitoring, and scientific diving.
Upcoming Speakers and Topics*
|May 13||E. Steven Coren, Esq.||Diving and the Law|
|June 10||Kerry McNally||Care and Feeding of the Great Ocean Tank||July 8||Stephen J. Bigelow||Diving North Carolina; 2014 edition|
|Aug 12||Dave Millhouser and Captain Steve Smith||Diving Cape Ann by boat (Mid-season update)|
|Sept 9||Mark Rousseau||Massachusetts Artificial Reef Program|
|Oct 14||Alexine Raineri||Diving the Maldives|
|Nov 11||Round table||Dive Travel Perspectives|
*All speakers and topics subject to change without notice.
You can check out past speakers and presentations on our meetings page.
The MetroWest Dive Club (MWDC) is dedicated to promoting fun, safe diving, and introducing and familiarizing members with new dive sites. We are committed to encouraging good relations with our coastal neighbors through courtesy and good diving etiquette, and getting involved with community activities.
The MWDC is not affiliated with any retailer, vendor, or manufacturers. We are a large group of sport divers with a wide range of scuba diving interests. Club members can help direct you to the many training classes locally available.
MetroWest Dive Club meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Courtyard Marriott on Speen Street in Natick. Meetings are free and guests are welcome, divers and non-divers alike. MWDC meetings start at 7:30 pm but members often meet socially at the bar from 6:30 to 7:30pm.