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Last Update May 2, 2002


ScubaDance at Buddy Dive
Story and pictures provided by Mel & Ellie Briscoe

(that's Mel Front & Center
and Ellie seated in plaid)
Splash Dive Center of Alexandria, Virginia, visits Buddy Dive once or twice a year with a group of about 16, led by Mel (PADI Instructor) and Ellie Briscoe. But the group was special this April 13-20; it was called
"ScubaDance" and was mostly Scottish Country Dancers from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and California. Scottish Country Dancing (SCD)
is a traditional social dancing of Scotland, but is enjoyed by folks of all nationalities in locations all over the world. See http://www.scottishdancing.org or http://www.strathspey.org for more information.

Mel and Ellie are also teachers of SCD, so together with teacher-diver-friend Denise Peet, they decided what could be more fun than combining their two favorite hobbies into one super vacation, at
Buddy Dive, of course. ScubaDance was born. The logo on their T-shirts is the dive flag and the flag of Scotland.

13 of the 15 folks in the dive group were Scottish dancers. The group also included two Open Water students and two Advanced Open Water students, whom Mel certified during the week. Because the week was "Dive Into Earth Week" to commemorate the up-coming Earth Day on April 22, Splash Dive Center and Mel combined to also provide certification in Project AWARE Fish ID and Coral Reef Conservation during the week.

In addition to dancing in the Buddy Dive Pool Bar several times, including once with some of the Buddy Dive and Dock of the Bay staff (Heleen, Ryan, Jasmine, Govert, TC, Martin, and Dyan, the
ScubaDancers also performed what they believe was the world's first underwater Scottish Country Dance, at Karpata.

The dance was composed specifically for the event, and was designed to only be possible in a
3-dimensional, weightless environment. Called "Once at the Bottom", the name is a take-off on a common phrase in SCD, "Once and to the Bottom," meaning a dance that is only done once and then the lead couple (at the top) goes to the end (bottom) of the line of dancers. Hendrik Wuyts, videographer, recorded the special event at Karpata.

The ScubaDancers had a super time diving and dancing, and hope to return
to Buddy Dive in a year to do it all again!
The Staff of Buddy Dive and Dock of the Bay thank Mel and Ellie
and all the Scuba Dancers for sharing their experience with us.
We look forward to welcoming the ScubaDancers back anytime - our dance floor awaits!

Buddy Dive's Dock of the Bay Restaurant
Welcomes New Management

Last month we had the pleasure of introducing you to Dock of the Bay's Chef Casper Prior. And now we are equally pleased to announce the appointment of Govert Badet as the new Manager of the Dock of the Bay (DOB).

Govert had been working at DOB with the previous Restaurant Manager for more than one and one-half years before assuming his new position. With his ready smile and outgoing and welcoming manner, many of you are likely to remember Govert from prior visits.

He began his career in the food and beverage industry upon graduation from Cooking and Bakery School in Holland in 1989. Thereafter, Govert's wide range of experience included everything from working at a Marriott Hotel 4-star French Michelin restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, to positions as first Sous-Chef and later Chef at Euro-Disney Paris, followed by a five year stint with Planet Hollywood that took him all over the world, including experience in Las Vegas, Paris, Hollywood, Berlin, Oberhaussen and a final position as Executive Chef in Amsterdam and Dubai before moving to Bonaire.

One of Govert's first initiatives as Manager is the introduction of two new theme nights at Buddy Dive's Pool Bar, a Sunday Grill Night and a Thursday Pasta Night. "The Pool Bar is such a welcoming area for casual dining, we simply need to utilize it more. On our Sunday Grill night, our diners will be able to watch their meat or fish selection being grilled right before them, while they finish their first course of homemade soup and special salad. And during Pasta night, which will feature several varieties of pastas and sauces, we will show underwater videos on the Pool Bars big screen, so divers will be getting the 'best of both worlds', the food and the images they enjoy the most," said Govert.
Chef Casper on Sunday Grill Night


 Meet Buddy Dive Staff in your own back yard!

Buddy Dive Resort will be an Exhibitor at a number of consumer and trade dive and travel shows throughout the year. If one of the following shows is located near your home area, we encourage you to attend the show, as they are fun and informative events. And please be sure to stop by our booth to say hello while you are there!

Show Name & Booth Number Show Dates and Locations  Official Show Web Sites

Ocean Fest

Booth # 522

May 17 - 19, 2002
4201 Ocean Drive
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL

Sea Space

Booth # 617

June 29 - 30, 2002
Reliant Arena Expo Center
Houston, TX

Scuba ExtaSea

Booth # 306

Sept 27 - 29, 2002
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

DEMA (Trade Show)

Booth # 1736

October 22 - 25, 2002
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

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