I remember the first meeting my family and I came to, One of the clubs members stood up and asked if he could introduce us to everyone. He told the story of how he had spent the weekend with my son as his dive buddy during the open water portion of their certification and he knew we would be a good fit with the club. He was right and the warm reception everyone gave us that night will never be forgotten. This is the feeling I want everyone to feel when they come to our club. The feeling of no matter what our background, political affiliation, or religious belief, we all share the same common goal. “We love to dive”. This isn’t just my club, it is OUR club and we all have a stake in its success. The first rule I make as President is to myself. I want to make sure that before every meeting, I have an opportunity to say hi to everyone and welcome anyone who is there for the first time. Let them know we are glad they decided to check us out and I invite you all to join me.

The President presides at club meetings, board meetings, and special events.  The President is also the corporate representative at all functions.


Annette Childree - Vice President, MSD

Hi everyone, my name is Annette Childree and I am your club VP.  I have been a certified diver since 2009 and I have earned my way up to Master Scuba Diver.  I am a proud mama of 3 and even prouder grammy of 4.  I love to dive, camp, bowl and of course be with my family, I am also married to your Asst. Dive Coordinator Sam Childree.  I love being a part of the AVDD family. I have met many new dive buddies and made even more good friends. 

Dive Safe!

The Vice President is in charge of organizing our yearly membership dive, accurately tracking memberships, and providing membership updates (number of members, new members, etc.) at each monthly club or board meeting.  The Vice President also prepares and ensures delivery of membership packages to new members.


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Robert Wisdom - Treasurer, MSD

Robert is the Treasurer for Antelope Valley Desert Divers. He has held this position since 2009. Robert holds a Master Scuba Diver certification and has been diving for 11 years. When he is not performing his duties for the club as Treasurer, he has other hobbies he enjoys, including Bowling, Fishing, Golfing, Line Dancing, Camping and many other things. He has 4 children and currently 1 granddaughter.  Robert is the only diver in his family and joined the club to find other divers to dive with.

The Treasurer collects dues and all other club monies, maintains the clubs savings and checking accounts, and makes facility reservations for special events.  The Treasurer also presents a brief finincial report at each club and board meeting and prepares a yearly written financial report for the annual corporate meeting.



MIKE ORLANDO - Secretary, Instructor

Mike has been a board member since 2008.  He started diving in 1996 He is currently a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, EFR Instructor, DAN Instructor BSA Merit Badge counselor.

The Secretary takes minutes at both the club and board meetings and maintains those minutes so they are readily accessible during the meetings.  The Secretary also maintains an inventory and location of club property.



The Program Coordinator schedules speakers and/or entertainment for monthly club meetings, special activities, and our annual banquet.  They also coordinate facility needs for guest speakers and introduces them at the event. The Program Coordinator also obtains raffle prizes for the monthly meeting and ensures that refreshments are available.


Terry Hodgkins - Newsletter Editor,MSD

Terry is a returning board member who has held a number of board positions including previous terms as Newsletter Editor. He holds a Master Scuba Diver rating.

The Newsletter Editor compiles articles for the newsletter, prepares the newsletter for reproduction, reproduces the newsletter, and mails them before a scheduled club meeting.  The Newsletter Editor also prepares and produces materials needed for the annual banquet and other events.


Don Nipper - Conservation Officer, Dive master

Don has been an active member for many years, and has also served on the board many years.

The Conservation Officer advises the membership and Board of Directors on conservation matters, including clean-up activities and changes in federal, state and local regulations.  The Conservation Officer also coordinates the clubs involvement in events such as Earth Day, Coastal Clean-Up, and other environmental activities the club pursues.


Ken White - Dive Coordinator

I received my Open Water Certification February 2000 I have been actively diving since then. I have been to the underwater world of Cozumel, Curacao, St. Maarten, The Bahamas, Hawaii, as well as several sites around the Islands of California.

The Dive Coordinator schedules and coordinates dives and diving events for the club membership, including beach, boat, and other diving activities.  The Dive Coordinator also researches and advises the membership and board on diving matters of safety, technical nature, or changes to diving laws and regulations.  Where appropriate, the Dive Coordinator collects money on behalf of the club and ensures the money is received by the Treasurer.



The Assistant Dive Coordinator works in concert with the Dive Coordinator to schedule and coordinate dives and diving events for the club membership. The Assistant Dive Coordinator also researches and advises the membership and board on diving matters of safety, technical nature, or changes to diving laws and regulations.  Where appropriate, the Assistant Dive Coordinator collects money on behalf of the club and ensures the money is received by the Treasurer.


Shawna Ricker - Member at large

The Member at Large supports the board by assuming the duties temporarily for absent board members and accepting taskings for special activities, such as: Youth Activities, Fund Raising, and Social Function Planning.


Patrick Hill - quartermaster

Quartermaster supports the board by compiling and maintaining an inventory of all equipment, durable goods, and expendable supplies of the AVDD, Inc., and periodically reports to the Board of Directors on the status of equipment and durable goods (condition, repair requirements, replacement, etc.) and the quantities on hand for expendable supplies.


KIM HILL - Corporate secretary

I’ve been a certified diver since 2013. This is my first year as Corporate Secretary and I’m excited to take on the challenge. I’m a mom of 4 and I work for one of the local school districts. I love to go camping, boating and exploring new places. Looking forward to an exciting new year. 

The Corporate Secretary schedules the annual corporate meeting and provides guidance to the participants in the form of an agenda.  The Corporate Secretary maintains a list of operating procedure changes the board approves during the year and incorporates those changes into the yearly update for the corporate meeting.  The Corporate Secretary also works with the Treasurer to fulfill any corporate reporting requirements.

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Sergeant at arms - OPEN

The Sergeant At Arms maintains order and security during all AVDD functions, including dives, meetings, and club events.


Lauren McAllister - Webmaster

I learned how to dive in 2015 when my boyfriend asked me if I wanted to do something different, and fell in love with the sport. I have done a number of dives off the Channel Islands and Catalina Island, and I am looking forward to my first warm water dive!

The Webmaster maintains the clubs website and social media and makes updates twice a month and as needed for special events and dissemination of time critical information.  The Webmaster also ensures that the domain registration and hosting accounts are paid up and that site information, e-mail accounts, and auto-forwarding is current.

Contact me about the website at avdesertdive@gmail.com. You are also invited to send your dive pictures for posting on our social media pages and website.

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Our Mission

A. Educate the general public about water activities such as snorkeling, skin diving, and scuba diving.
B. Provide education and instruction to the general public to develop skills in snorkeling, skin diving, and scuba diving.
C. Provide education and instruction to the general public on underwater safety and underwater conservation and ecology.
D. To directly engage in and provide opportunities for the general public to engage in snorkeling, skin diving, and scuba diving activities.
E. To directly engage in, promote and support, and provide opportunities for the general public to engage in, promote and support underwater conservation and ecology programs.
F. Provide public education and develop public interest in water activities through a speaker's program and the production and distribution of various publications and materials.
G. To sponsor special events for the general public to promote and develop the exchange of snorkeling, skin diving, and scuba diving information and knowledge and to accomplish the primary objectives and purposes of this corporation.
H. To promote and support federal, state, and local organizations with objectives and purposes similar to those of this corporation.