Jul 20-21 (Sat-Sun) – Tubing the Guadalupe River

We are headed for the hills! Join MDT and beat the heat by tubing down the Guadalupe River.

We are meeting at Rockin R Tubing, 1405 Gruene Road New Braunfels at 1pm.

 The Rocking R Facilities  have large restrooms with room to change clothes (though no privacy) and a shower if you need a rinse.  There is a large parking lot with plenty of space; $10 parking fee which includes a $5 coupon for your tube.  Tube rental is about $15.  The “deposit” for the tube are keys and ID.  River entry is at the parking lot and the route ends at Cypress Bend Park where a Rocking R bus is on hand to drive us back to our cars.

Float time can range between 2-4 hours depending on river conditions.

If river flow gets above 950 cfs, it is closed for tubing and we will have a back up plan–TBA

Note:  Each person is responsible for their own tubing fees and any beverages they would like to drink.

**Bring plenty of sunscreen, water (in addition to any adult beverages) and foot protection for rocks**

It is highly recommended that you RSVP in advance for this event so we don’t tube without you!

Aug 14 (Wednesday), 6:30 – MDT Meeting – Spearfishing

Come and learn about Spearfishing in the Gulf of Mexico and Rig Diving with Bill Merritt.  For over 20 years he has been training divers in spearfishing techniques and is a pro at diving in and around the Rigs.  We will be offering specials on the SDI/TDI Spearfishing Course, Guns and Accessories.  We look forward to seeing you!

6:30pm for Social – food and drinks provided

7:00pm Meeting will start

@ Gigglin’ Marlin Dive and Swim, 4502 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004

Sep 4 (Wednesday), 6:30 – MDT Meeting: Volunteering at Moody Gardens

Come learn about volunteering to dive at the Moody Gardens aquarium!  Moody Gardens, in Galveston, “relies on volunteers to support our staff and mission of providing an educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation and research.”  One of their volunteer reps will be here to answer any questions you have about how to apply and all the cool things you get to do!

UPDATED DATE from Sept 11th to Sept 4th.

Oct 26-27 (Sat-Sun), Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest @ Blue Lagoon


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 Blue Lagoon. 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 Blue Lagoon (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 Blue Lagoon park entrance fee upon arrival.  Blue Lagoon does not allow dogs, canoes, or boats.

Call the shop to reserve tanks. MDT will provide dinner Saturday evening!

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

Saturday 10/26:
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 10/27:
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!

Technical Diving Courses

Nov 13 (Wed), 6:30 – MDT Meeting: Tech, Wreck, & Rebreather Diving

Join us for an exciting evening of Technical Talk!  Have you wanted to take your dive experience to the next level?  Here’s your opportunity to ask all those questions about how to do it.  Whether to master a new skill or to learn about what it takes to work in the field, you can’t miss this!

Afterwards, there may even be a chance to try out some specialty equipment!  Come and see and meet a new dive buddy!  Presentation starts at 6:30.