September 2021 edition of the Undercurrents newsletter is available here.

In this months edition:

Index to previous Undercurrents newsletters is available here .

The Bluegrass Dive Club’s annual Pig Roast, which was scheduled for Saturday, 9/11/2021 has been postponed.  This decision was made by our host, Mike and Sherry McCann, out of an abundance of caution due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 and its Delta variant infection rate.

If the current public health crisis passes, the Pig Roast may be held later this year, but after the swimming pool season has closed.

Your Bluegrass Dive Club is returning to in person meetings beginning July 27, 2021.  The meeting will be held outdoors at the home of Charlie & Helen Denham.  We will include a Zoom meeting so as to include those joining us remotely. 

The program will be Return to Travel – Countries that are open & what it takes to travel there.

Full meeting details can be found here.

Club members Rob Foster and Mellisa Hamilton are putting together a dive trip.  This is not a club trip, but still a great opportunity to get wet and enjoy the caribbean.

What: BVI Cuan Law liveaboard

Where: departs from Tortola, British Virgin Islands

When: December 11 – 18, 2021

Cost:  $3,195 per person, double occupancy; discounts and comps possible if enough people go

Here are the details that Rob Foster has asked that we share.
Rob said, “The boat wasn’t scheduled to run this week but we got them to agree to make it available if we could get 5 people to commit and pay the deposit.  So far, we have 4 people committed so we need at least one more but there should be plenty of room for more.  We can get a discount with 6 or more which would be split evenly among those going on the trip.  I put additional details below.”  Mellisa shared, “ If we can get 8 people, one can go free which they can apply as a discount for the entire group.”

Trip/Boat Details:

Payment link for deposit:

For further details contact Mellisa Hamilton via email at .


Webinar This Week: Returning To Diving

If you’ve been out of the water for a while, it’s important to set yourself up for a safe and successful return. Tune in this Thursday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. ET for a webinar by DAN research director Frauke Tillmans, Ph.D. The presentation will cover health and fitness considerations, ensuring your equipment and dive skills are up to date, and getting ready for travel. We hope you’ll join us!


From the Divers Alert Network a live webinar event that will help keep divers returning to the water safer after a very long surface interval.

If you are not a DAN member, please consider it as a good investment in your own health and safety and continuing the legacy of training and equipping those that respond to dive accident emergencies.  Visit their website at

Topic: Bluegrass Dive Club Regular Meeting
Program:  Presentation on the Stoney Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) Response Project in the Cayman Islands, by Tammi Warrender with the Cayman Islands Dept. of Environment
Time: May 25, 2021 Social 07:00 PM, Meeting 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Continue reading “Club Meeting 5/25/21 – Zoom only – presentation on SCTLD Response Project”

Updated with full obituary, 5/13/2021.

It is with great sadness that I share the passing from this life of Stella Kidd.  Club Mom to many of our club family members at one time or another.

Stella Keener Kidd, wife, mother, photographic artist, gardener, and humanitarian, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021 of cancer, in her home in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Visitation will be held in Lexington from 1pm-3:30pm Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Milward-Southland, 391 Southland Drive. The funeral service will be held afterward at 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charitable organization Stella founded and served for many years, Church Under The Bridge. Please mail checks to: Church Under The Bridge, PO Box 11805, Lexington, KY 40578.

The complete and updated obituary can be found at the link below.

Stella Keener Kidd – Obituary

April 2021 edition of the Undercurrents newsletter is available here.

In this months edition:

  • 2021 Calendar, aka Life As We Know It Today

  • May meeting Program on Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease by Tammi Warrender, Lead Coordinator SCTLD Response Project, Cayman Islands Dept. of Environment

  • ILADSFT – Experience & Risk

  • 7-14 August 2021, Belize Aggressor IV Trip is SOLD OUT, unless you are a lone male diver willing to share a cabin

  • Tips to be sure you are receiving Club emails and we encourage sharing

Index to previous Undercurrents newsletters is available here .

The publishing of this article marks 2 weeks from the Trip Registration and 100% Final Payment deadline of 4/23/2021 for the Belize Aggressor IV Liveaboard Trip embarking 7 August and disembarking 14 August 2021.  Deal of the Decade:  This club trip was contracted at 2019 prices and with club benefits of commission and comp rebates, it is a value that cannot be beaten.

If the 6 reserved trip berths are filled, there is the possibility of lowering the trip cost from $2,495 per person (plus $10 trip admin fee and membership dues) to as low as $1,768 per person, net of trip rebates and comps.  These trip rebates are subject to actual trip participation and final trip costs.

It is time to get your trip registration completed and payments in.  Information on the trip is on this page: Link to the Belize Aggressor IV trip page .  Links to trip registration are on the linked trip information page.  COVID-19 safety protocols that are in place and travel requirements are also on the trip information page.

You will not find a better trip for the money.  Don’t miss out on this one.  Late registrants or additional trip berths may be available, but will be subject to current Aggressor 2021 pricing.  Trip insurance is highly recommended.