MDT Meeting – Houston Zoo – Wed, Sept 20, 6:30pm

MDT Meeting – Houston Zoo – Wed, Sept 20, 6:30 pm

Come join us at Gigglin Marlin Dive and Swim to learn about the newest Galapagos Islands exhibit at the Houston Zoo!

The first major exhibit of its kind to showcase the remarkable wildlife of the legendary island chain, the Houston Zoo’s Galápagos Islands immerses guests in an environment evoking the archipelago’s unique landscapes and oceanic habitats. No place on our planet better exemplifies the wonders of unique species, the delicate balance of ecosystems, or the pressing need for conservation action than the Galápagos. Some animals to see include the Bonnethead shark, the Galapagos tortoise, the Humboldt penguin, and the California sea lion. 

This exhibit is included with general admission and is free for members of the Houston Zoo.

For the comfort and safety of all guests, strollers, wagons, and coolers are not permitted in the Galápagos Islands exhibit.

Centennial Capital Campaign

October 21, 2023 Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest @ Mammoth


Don’t Miss This! The weather is cooling off, diving conditions are great, and it’s time to celebrate Fall with our Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and Campout at Mammoth. Activities include diving, camping, swimming, games, fun around the campfire (including s’mores!), and of course UNDERWATER PUMPKIN CARVING!

Bring your own pumpkin, carving tools, decorative ideas, your camping gear, food/drinks, and dive gear. Carving must take place at Mammoth (no pre-carving before you arrive). Don’t miss the night dive Saturday night to judge all the Carved Pumpkins displayed underwater!!!

In addition to the pumpkin carving contest, this will be a great opportunity to work on your your continued education. We will be offering Advanced Open Water (except Deep), and speciality courses like Night, Wreck, Search & Recovery, Peak Performance Buoyancy, and Navigation.  If you are interested in any PADI continuing education classes, contact the dive shop at (281) 445-3483 (DIVE) for details, including costs and necessary books. Be sure to schedule ahead of time to help us plan dive schedules appropriately.

** You will need to pay Mammoth park entrance fee upon arrival. Mammoth does not allow dogs, canoes, or boats.

Call the shop to reserve tanks. Marlin Dive Team will provide dinner Saturday evening!

If you don’t wish to camp you can come for just the day. No problem. 

Saturday :
1pm – 2pm Arrive and prep your pumpkins on land

2pm – 4:30pm Carve your pumpkins underwater and secure to platform

5pm – 6pm Dinner is served (Hot Dogs)

7pm – Night Dive and judging

Gigglin Campfire (please bring firewood if you have some!)

Sunday morning :
Fun Dive in the morning optional, plan your dive with your buddy anytime that morning.

Break camp and head back to Houston.

For more info about the Marlin Dive Team and videos of previous underwater pumpkin carvings click here!


Holiday Party and Photo Contest – Thurs, Dec 7

Join the Marlins for our Annual Holiday Party! 

Gigglin’ Marlin Dive and Swim Holiday Party will be Thursday, 12/7 from 6:30-10 pm at La Grange restaurant, 2517 Ralph St., Houston, TX 77006. Come celebrate the Holidays, have some great food, and WIN some raffle prizes! We always offer a great selection of raffle items and will be selling some tickets on site for some great items. We will also have a photo booth set up which should be lots of fun!

Entrance Fee – EITHER 1 unwrapped Toy per person ~OR~ $10 per person (either of which will be donated to a local children’s charity).

Our annual photo contest will be going on and you are invited to cast your votes on all the entries (winners announced at the party). If you would like to enter the photo contest (please do!) please look for the separate event for more details.

If you are not dive club member, this will be a great opportunity to come and join! If you are up for membership renewal, you can pick up your T-Shirt at the party too.

Appetizers will be provided and we will provide 2 drink coupons to each person that brings toy or $10.

PLEASE RSVP so we know you are coming (this really helps us plan). Click on “Tickets” below to RSVP. Parking is limited, consider ride share options for this event.