The Scuba Sports Club (TSSC) was founded in 1975 by Armand "Zig" Zigahn as The Scuba Sports Rites Club. The Scuba Sports Rites Club became a very active club with about 30 scheduled Northeast dives and at least one Caribbean trip every year. The Northeast dive trips included weekends in such places as Cape Ann, the Isles of Shoals, and Lake George. There was such interest in these weekend trips that buses were chartered. The monthly meetings and periodic social events were well attended, with lifelong friendships developing over the years.
In addition to its active dive and social schedules, the Scuba Sports Rites Club put on an annual show called "Dive to Adventure." This show first ran in 1977, with a few exhibit booths in a hotel conference room. Every aspect of the show was the work of club volunteers; the first slide and film shows were presented by club members, and the first fashion shows starred club members as models.
Under Zig's leadership and with club members' enthusiasm, the show soon blossomed. It was realized that the public wanted more and the show evolved into what we now know as Beneath The Sea, and eventually became a prominent organization in the dive community. It is now the largest exposition of its kind in the country.
The BTS show is certainly a service to the dive community. People who have not experienced the underwater world come to the show and achieve a new appreciation and respect for nature. The seminars enlighten and train even the most experienced diver and entertain the non-diver. The exhibit booths provide an opportunity to learn about exotic destinations, see what's new in equipment and even get some bargains. And it gets better every year!
The Scuba Sports Club is proud of its affiliation with Beneath the Sea (BTS). Although the club and BTS are now separate organizations, they remain very close, as a large part of the workforce for BTS continues to come from our membership.