Dear OUC Member,
This is a reminder that the Ontario Underwater Council will be holding their Annual General Meeting on this Sunday, February 7th at 11am at 3 Concorde Gate, Toronto. Directions and times are in the Voting Member Package.
Again, this year’s meeting will feature video conferencing to enable all clubs and delegates to participate in the meeting that otherwise cannot be present at 3 Concorde Gate.
To access the video part, please use this link: https://lifesciencesontario1.clickwebinar.com/OUCagm
To access audio, you will need to dial: 416-764-8610 or 1-888-884-4539 and use the participant code: 0757089#
In order to participate, the delegate, club and commercial member must be a paid member in good standing for 2016. Your club membership expired on Dec 31st, 2015. You can renew your membership by visiting www.underwatercouncil.com and clicking on the “Membership” Tab. Visa and MasterCard payments are accepted.
The election of a Director of Sport Safety and a Director of Finance will be crucial to the ongoing management of the Ontario Underwater Council.
Our guest speaker Nancy Au – VP Sports & Recreation Pearson Dunn Insurance Inc, will review the main components of the OUC insurance policy and take Questions & Answers. If you have any questions prior to the meeting regarding our insurance program, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please take the time to review and submit the forms within the 2016 Voting Member Package.
Yours in safe & enjoyable scuba diving,
Ontario Underwater Council
1 Concorde Gate, Suite 109, Toronto, ON M3C 3N6
OUC: Helping support and promote the sport of scuba diving in Ontario through safety, advocacy, cultural and environmental awareness, self-governance, education, and fun since 1958.
The OUC realizes that many of its member scuba clubs will be setting their budgets over the next few months for 2015. To that end, as discussed at the 2014 Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors had a teleconference meeting on Oct 21st to vote on increasing the current insurance liability from $3 million to $5 million and the premims from $10/member to $20/member. The Club insurance fee would NOT increase. There were 523 members represented by proxy or were on the call. OUC has 749 members at the time of the vote. 404 voted in favor, 84 not in favor and 35 obstaining.
Effective January 1st, 2015, the OUC insurance liability will be $5M and the premium for Blue and Gold members will be $20.00 for the insurance for the entire fiscal year. OUC membership remains at $20.00 for Blue members and $37 for Gold members. Life members would only pay $20.00. Please see the Liability Insurance outline, http://www.underwatercouncil.com/downloads/insurance/OUC_Insurance_Summary_2015.pdf
OUC has always firmly believed in it's insurance liabilty program and it's many benefit over other policies in the market place. We continue to get great rates and support from Pearson Dunn, our broker, and Game Day the insurer. Averaging 800-1000 members gives us great bargaining leverage with Game Day through Pearson Dunn. The policy allows for Non club members, Non OUC members for volunteer for specific one time events.
OUC’s policy is “occurrence based” whereas many others are “claims based”. The benefit of occurrence based policies is that as long as you are insured at the time of the incident, you will be covered when the lawsuits are brought forth EVEN IF YOU LEFT THE POLICY. In Ontario the statutory of limitations is 2 years from the date of the incident unless the victim is a minor. In this case the law suit can be brought forth 2 years from the age of majority (18). This could be 6-10 years if your club has 10- 14 year old members or individuals that you trained. For claims based policies you must be insured by the policy when the law suit is brought forth. This is important because as time marches on, so do the payouts.
Twitter coming to OUC
In the coming days and weeks, OUC will introduce a Twitter program to members, clubs and commercial accounts. Our goal is help divers communicate with each other in order to increase the number of members participating in diving and non diving activities. In doing so, clubs and commercial members can maximize their profits on any given event.
Here's a helpful tip for Divers - - In the area near the US / Canada border, it is possible to place a call and be connected to a US cell provider. While annoying, this can be avoided by turning off your phone's "Roaming" option.
However when dialing 911 for emergency services, the roaming option is ignored and the strongest cell site is connected. This causes extreme confusion as the US 911 operator will likely not know where you are in Canada. Lives could be lost due to delays in reaching local EMS.
Make Note of these special cell numbers which can place you directly to your EMS service. (Not all cell providers may have these activated - check with yours first)
*OPP (*677) is direct to the OPP
*16 is direct to Canada Coast Guard
and just in case you need it while driving to the dive site . . .
*CAA (*222) for CAA Road Services
Please be sure to add these to your phone and to your Emergency Plans.
OUC Member Benefit
All OUC members and families may benefit from our CAA Corporate Membership Program.
There are updated benefits available to new members.
If you are not currently a CAA member but you are considering purchasing a CAA membership, you should review our Member Benefits Page (click here)
OUC Clubs can now share events
The new Club Combined Events Calendar has been implemented. To see how it works please click on the button to the right.
If your club would like to participate, please read the notes on the page.
OUC welcomes Member Clubs to supply a liaison to attend our monthly board meetingsIf your club would like to have better insight into how we are working for you, we would be pleased to have your club appoint a person to act as a liaison and attend our monthly teleconference.
please e-mail ouc<"@">underwatercouncil.com and ouc.president<"@">un derwatercouncil.com for details
If you are an OUC Member Club and you have an event that you wish to post on this board, please email the OUC Director of Communications at ouc.communications<"@">underwatercouncil.com* with the details.
22nd Annual Shipwrecks Symposium
on April 9, 2016 - 9am to 5pm at
Centennial High School,
240 Thorold Road,
Shipwrecks 2016 Website - click here
Help Us Rebuild the Tobermory Hyperbaric Chamber & Facility
For Divers, Patients, Researchers
“There has been a hyperbaric facility in Tobermory since 1976. During that time, it has provided essential medical and educational support for the North American diving community. Now it’s our turn to provided needed assistance to help upgrade this facility so it can continue to support divers who enjoy one of the world’s premier diving locations, The Fathom Five National Marine Park. Please join me in supporting this program to update and modernize the Tobermory Hyperbaric Facility. I am making my donation today and I encourage you to make yours by May 30 2015.”
*Please note: To help in the global fight against e-mail spamming, all e-mail addresses on OUC's website are displayed in a scrape-resistant format. Unfortunately this format creates extra effort for legitimate users, and for this OUC would like to apologize and ask for your understanding.
Last Website Update: November 30 2015