Richmond Dive Club


O'Toole's Restaurant

4800 Forest Hill Ave. Richmond, VA 23225



John and Meredyth Nelson

John and Meredyth Nelson began diving together in 1998.  The first years were rough, since they dove reefs and wrecks in the Atlantic and the Atlantic Ocean shows no mercy for those suffering from seasickness. 

Their first Caribbean trip together was to Cozumel, twice, then to Bonaire, San Salvador and onward.  Their most unusual dive was under the Blue Heron Bridge in Florida. 

They sought out REEF to gain more knowledge of the fish they were seeing.  Diving was becoming slightly boring, seeing so much and understanding so little of it.

They first dove with REEF in Bonaire (with Jesse Armacost) and reached Level 3 – Advanced Surveyors; The minimum for being allowed to enter fish data in the REEF database You are required to get 80% correct of 100 fish ID pictures, as well as having conducted 25 surveys prior to testing.  Studying is required.  Identifying fish has added a new level of interest and value to Diving.   

Their next goal is to reach Level 4/5 – Expert Surveyor, which also requires 90% on a quiz—but with very small fish—like Blennies and Gobies – and 35/50 surveys.

They have been members with REEF since 2010. And have entered more than 150 fish counting dives into the REEF database.


Congratulations to the 2022 RDC BOD

President - Jim Dacey

Vice President - Larry Knorr

Treasurer - Debi Moir

Secretary - Bart Drummond

    Term starts January 1, 2022

    2022 Membership Dues

    Benefits of Single and Family Membership:

    • Free local diving at designated RDC hosted events
    • Parties, guest speakers and special events
    • Great diving with folks at all levels of diving certifications
    • Voting privileges
    • Richmond Dive Club window decal

    Dues:  The fiscal health of the Richmond Dive Club is only one aspect that makes our Club as strong as it is. Your dues help to support Diver Days at Lake Phoenix and arrange for great speakers at our monthly club meetings.  

    Dues are $35 for a single membership, $55 for family* memberships and $125 for corporate memberships. Dues are based on the fiscal year beginning March 1 and ending on February 28.

    *Family members must be resident at the same address and includes dependents under the age of 18 and/or a full-time student living at home or away at school.

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