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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Please join us at 8:00pm
at the Courtyard Marriott on Speen Street in Natick.
The South China Sea is a gateway to Singapore, which at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, represents one of the world largest shipping ports and financial centers. During World War 2, the Malay Peninsula and Singapore were key locations in the Southeast Asian theater. Trade embargoes imposed on Japan made control of the Malay Peninsula, including Singapore, critical to Japanese movement of supplies and resources. In 1941, the British deployed Force Z to intercept the Japanese invasion fleet north of Malaya. The battleship HMS Prince of Wales and battlecruiser HMS Repulse were deployed with 4 destroyers. However, superior Japanese airpower had disastrous consequences for the British; torpedo bombers and aircraft sank both the Prince of Wales and Repulse. Singapore, at the time a British territory, was ultimately invaded by the Imperial Japanese Army in the infamous Battle of Singapore in February of 1942. In a shocking turn of events, the British surrendered Singapore to the Japanese, and Singapore was under Japanese control until the war's end. I' September 2014, we visited Singapore and the South China Sea with a group of friends to explore both modern shipwrecks and the famous shipwrecks of Force Z. Join us as we share our adventure.
Heather Knowles and David Caldwell are the co-founders of Northern Atlantic Dive Expeditions, Inc. They operate their charter boat, GAUNTLET, year-round focusing on shipwreck diving and exploration. Both are members of the Explorers Club and have had the privilege of exploring some of the worlds notable shipwrecks such as the Andrea Doria, Empress of Ireland, North American, and SS Republic in addition to making shipwreck discoveries in their local waters. David is a NAUI Technical Course Director. Heather is a technical diving instructor through NAUI and TDI, and is the diving representative on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.
Upcoming Speakers and Topics*
|Jul 12||Steve Bigelow||Diving North Carolina: 2016 edition|
|Aug 9||Andy Martinez||Diving Ambon, Indonesia|
|Sep 13||Todd Murphy||Practical Neuro. Assessments for Divers|
*All speakers and topics subject to change without notice.
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.