Richmond Dive Club

Executive Board 2022

    Jim Dacey - President   In August 2002, Jim earned his open water certification and his diving journey began.  Joining the Richmond Dive Club in 2003, opened up the world of diving to him and led to many great friendships.  The hook was set.  Any opportunity to get wet is a good one, but he mainly enjoys diving off the Coast of Hatteras in the Graveyard of the Atlantic.  Jim is very fortunate to have a loving and supportive wife, Kim, (who also has her open water) who has encouraged him to follow his dreams.  They have two children, JT (age 19), who was open water certified this past summer and Rebecca(age 9), who hopes to start diving this summer.  Jim enjoys sharing his love of the sport and hopes to give back and continue the great work of the previous board.  He is an active Ruritan, a Hunter Ed Instructor, and involved in metal detecting.

    Larry Knorr- Vice President    Larry started working as an engineer for DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1985 and became a certified diver in 1986, as soon as he had enough extra change to afford the NAUI course offered through the DuPont dive club and buy some second hand gear at their annual swap meet.  The club was welcoming, stressed safety and camaraderie, and gave him a great introduction to the sport.  His diving was pretty much limited to wreck dives out of New Jersey and Delaware; cold, deep (not much bottom time), and not much vis.  But it was still great.  In 2005, he and his family moved to Midlothian and shortly thereafter he joined the Richmond Dive Club, and began diving warmer and clearer locations including the Carolinas, Florida, Bahamas, Jamaica, Caymans, Turks and Caicos, Sea of Cortez, and Hawaii. His favorite dives are the Aeolus (gotta love those sand tigers), being in the middle of a giant bait ball in Grand Cayman with a giant grouper and tarpon darting through, sea lions and humpback whales in the Sea of Cortez, and giant manta rays off of Kona, Hawaii (with his son, Daniel, who became a certified diver in 2015).  Diving is a great sport; where else can you go, be weightless, and be guaranteed to see strange and interesting landscapes and wildlife?  You just have to remember it's an extreme sport, and prepare and act accordingly.  Larry’s looking forward to giving back to the club as an officer after having benefited from the efforts of others for many years.

    Debi Moir - Treasurer    Debi has been diving since 1989.  She and her husband decided to become certified after taking a discover scuba class.  It was a fairly slow path in the beginning, with maybe four or six dives per year, mostly in the Caribbean.  Fast forward about 10 years when she decided to take the first step to being a professional and she obtained her Dive Master certification in December, 2000.  Since then, she has worked with a couple of dive shops, assisting with open water through dive master classes, most recently with the now defunct Richmond Dive and Travel.  Her travels have now taken her to Palau, Socorro Islands, Fiji, and other great locations.  She joined the dive club in November, 2001, primarily as support for the members right after the tragedy in Belize and has held positions with the club as membership, treasurer (multiple times) and President (twice).

     Bart Drummond – Secretary    Bart has been diving since 2017. After doing a Discover Scuba class in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in 2016, he was hooked! He returned to Cabo the following year to complete his Open Water certification with the same dive shop. Since 2017, Bart has completed his Advanced Open Water certification and has been diving in several wonderful dive destinations such as the Ex-USS Kittiwake in Grand Cayman, the USS Spiegel Grove in Key Largo, Florida and Chikin-Ha cenote in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, as well as a number of dives in Cozumel, Mexico, the Florida Keys and right here in our home quarry of Lake Phoenix. After 20 years of volunteer search and rescue work in both the air and on the ground, and as an Adjunct SAR Instructor for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Bart hopes to eventually continue search and rescue, but in an underwater environment. Bart currently works as a Construction Planner III with Cox Communications.

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