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DAM Chummers Keep On Diving

Discussion in 'Where CHUM Dives' started by DivingDoug, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. DivingDoug

    DivingDoug President Staff Member

    Once again the incredible DAM Chummers diving challenge is back to keep all you chummers in the water.

    How does it work?

    DAM stands for 'Dive a Month'. It's a challenge in our club to dive once a month for the entire year. Your dive doesn't have to be part of a CHUM outing - although those are always the most fun. You can dive anywhere and with anyone as long as you dive once a month.

    As you complete your dive each month, just report back here on this thread and let us know. Even though we are pirates, we run this program on the honor system. Feel free to add a few details and post pictures in the gallery too - we'd love to know what you were up to. It's a great way for us all to share in your success.

    We encourage everyone to use the Dive Buddy Board anytime you want to get wet. You can also read last year's DAM thread if you're curious.

    In addition to showing off your love of diving, we give you .... well, actually you earn, CHUM swag that you can show off.

    If you've successfully completed the first year, you'll earn a DAM CHUMMER patch.

    If you've successfully completed the second year, you'll earn a DAM CHUMMER hat or visor with the DAM CHUMMER logo and your screen name embroidered on it.

    [sample only]

    If you've successfully completed the third year, you'll earn a DAM CHUMMER polo shirt with the DAM CHUMMER logo embroidered on the front, the Texas dive flag embroidered on the back of the collar, and your screen name embroidered on the sleeve. They are Port Authority Rapid Dry Polos, with a 60/40 cotton/poly blend and are available in either a Unisex or Ladies version. You'll have your choice of any of the available colors; here is an example of the Unisex polo in blue.


    If you've successfully completed the fourth year, you'll earn a DAM CHUMMER microfiber towel embroidered with the DAM CHUMMER logo and your screen name. We're just about to award our first DAM CHUMMER towels so when we do, I'll post a pic.

    If you've successfully completed the fifth year, you'll earn a scuba coat embroidered with a DAM CHUMMER logo and your screen name. We haven't decided yet on the exact jacket, but this is the type of scuba coat we're looking at.


    After your 5th year, you'll continue to earn cool swag each year. We just haven't figured out what that swag will be yet ;).

    If you can't do it every single year, not a problem; the years that you dive do not have to be consecutive. If you were a DAM CHUMMER one year, then took a year off then did it for a second year, you'd have earned the second year swag.

    Also, for those who can't quite swing diving for 12 consecutive months, we have (DAM Close) - diving 11 of the 12 months - and (Still DAM Good) - diving 10 of the 12 months. While you won't have earned any swag, you will have earned recognition at our January meeting.

    The only requirement to enter is that you must be a Tiger Shark when you started and when you completed the challenge.

    It's a great program and a fun way to stay in the water all year.

    Who's up for diving down?
  2. DivingDoug

    DivingDoug President Staff Member

    This year's DAM Chummers are:

    Second year DAM CHUMMERS:

    PegLeg (Jan
    Seaagg05 (Jan
    Cajun Diver (
    JSWeather4d (Jan

    Third year DAM CHUMMERS:

    wanderwoman (Jan
    Siren (
    24% (

    Forth year DAM CHUMMERS:
    watermonkee (Jan,

    Six year DAM CHUMMERS:
    LegoBloxs (
    birddog (
    Sushi Boy (Jan
    GWNDWN (
    ReefHound (Jan

    DAM fine bunch of people, eh?
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2018 at 7:52 PM
  3. Seaagg05

    Seaagg05 Tiger Shark

    January complete on 1/1 in the Comal
  4. JSWeather4d

    JSWeather4d Tiger Shark

    Well that was refreshing. The bottom temperatures at Blue Lagoon were 48 degrees this last weekend. Anyway, I've got January done.
  5. Ms KJenn Dives

    Ms KJenn Dives veep Staff Member

    In case you missed it.
    Post by ReefHound re: January 1, 2018 Dive:

    Mods can move this post when the 2018 DAM thread is started but wanted to say that some of us are off and running.

    SeaAgg05, pegleg, deep bubbles, watermonkee, and myself reefhound have knocked out January 2018.

    We parked in Prince Solms park this morning, walked a couple hundred yards in 26 deg F with light sleet to enter the Comal just below the chutes. We must have still been drunk because no sober person would ever willingly do this. Short and shallow dive but a dive it was. Water temp was cooler than the normal 71, some of us read mid-60's. But the diving was the easy part, once everyone's gear thawed out. Getting out was downright brutal. At least we had a condo on the river with stairs going into the water so exiting was faster (but excruciatingly cold). And there were a lot of stairs.

    We have awarded ourselves the Sleet Diver Specialty.
    watermonkee and Sushi Boy like this.
  6. DivingDoug

    DivingDoug President Staff Member

    I added all the previous year's DAM CHUMMERS to this thread, so let me know if you want your name added (or removed).
    JSWeather4d likes this.
  7. wanderwoman

    wanderwoman Tiger Shark

    Thank you for that! I'm definitely in!
  8. Sushi Boy

    Sushi Boy DAM CHUMmer

    I'm DFS (down for six), DAM it.

    January done at 288 Lake. 54 degrees underwater and it had warmed up topside from the high 30's to a balmy 45 degrees by the end of our dive.
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  9. wanderwoman

    wanderwoman Tiger Shark

    January at 288 with SB.
    Can I just say I'm thrilled with my new dry suit???? My computer said it was 53 at depth. I was grateful that the sun was out and the temp had risen when we go out of the lake.
    Seaagg05 and Heidi Ho like this.
  10. DivingDoug

    DivingDoug President Staff Member

    Shame you won't be giving the drysuit a real workout up in Canada this summer :)
    Seaagg05 likes this.

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