The NYC Sea Gypsies run a number of of dive events during the year, on chartered boats, from the shore, and at Dutch Springs. No charter spots will be confirmed until payment in full has been received. Furthermore, our Dutch Springs events require paid admission to the park. The club does not provide gear, tanks or fills, but we are always happy to help new divers arrange for this.
The NYC Sea Gypsies do not vet divers; we are not in a position to decide about the suitability of any dive for any diver. It is your responsibility to decide whether you have the training and experience for any particular dive. THE FINAL DECISION TO ALLOW A DIVER TO DO A BOAT DIVE IS UP TO THE BOAT CAPTAIN - their certification and equipment requirements will be listed on the published dive schedule. Shore dives will be open to all certified divers, but again, we don’t decide if anyone is capable of any dive, and the ultimate decision to do a dive is up to that diver.
All dive events (boat charters or other) require the following before a spot is confirmed:
1) The current year’s dues paid in full. The $20 may be paid in person, or click here
to use PayPal (please use the "friends and family" option). If you prefer, you can also mail a check to the treasurer at the following address:
New York City Sea Gypsies
P.O. Box 7922, FDR Station
New York NY 10150-2411
2) A completed club liability waiver, dated with the current year - this needs to be redone every year. The waiver has to be printed out, initialed by hand (not typed) on the first page, and signed and witnessed on the second page. Either give the original document to our membership secretary directly, or email a PDF of BOTH pages to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can also send it by regular mail to the above address, but understand that this PO box is not checked on a daily basis.
Please note that a JPEG photo of the waiver is no longer acceptable, for legal reasons. A PDF can be generated by a conventional scanner, or directly from your phone by downloading one of many appropriate free apps. If you have any technical questions about this process, feel free to contact me directly.Click here
for the liability waiver.
3) A PDF (not JPEG) of your certification card, emailed to email@example.com
. For legal reasons, we are now requiring all waivers and c-cards to be submitted in PDF format (see above).
PLEASE NOTE! We are doing a major overhaul of our database to support our local diving program, as many of the card scans that we have supply limited or irrelevant information. Some of you who have submitted cards before have sent either partial scans (that identify the diver but which do not show certification level), or are for specialties that are not relevant to the boat captains in determining the ability to do a given dive.
Since ALL OF THE DIVE BOAT CAPTAINS are now setting strict certification level standards for dives, we need to be in compliance with their rules, and we don’t want any last minute disappointments. The minimum certification level and equipment required by the captain for each charter will be listed on the dive schedule. Experience with local conditions is also an important consideration. Divers with certification in warm, clear water should consider the extra challenges of diving in the northeast before pushing any depth limits.
We need an image of your card that shows both your name AND your level of certification. This may require an image of both the front and back of the card, since some agencies don’t put the level on the side with the diver’s name. It is OK for you to convert it yourself from a JPEG or other file format to a PDF before sending it to us (Apple Preview does this), but for legal reasons we are not allowed to convert the JPEGS ourself. If you bring a card to a meeting, Meredith or I will be happy to do a PDF phone scan of your card for you in person.
The NYC Sea Gypsies do not vet divers; we are not in a position to decide about the suitability of any dive for any diver. It is your responsibility to decide whether you have the training and experience for any particular dive. THE FINAL DECISION TO ALLOW A DIVER TO DO A BOAT DIVE IS UP TO THE BOAT CAPTAIN.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this process, sorry it’s a bit more complex this year. Looking forward to seeing everybody on the dive boats this season!
Mike RothschildDive Chair
NYC Sea Gypsies