2018 NDA Reunion - Anacortes, WA

UPDATE -- 22 APRIL 2018

Some final housekeeping and checklist for those attending the May 2018 NDA Reunion in Anacortes, WA, at the Swinomish Resort and Casino.

Here's a link to the April 22, 2018, Newsletter. It's shorter. Please read over carefully. For additional activities and information on the activities, please go to the earlier newsletter links in previous updates.

IMPORTANT -- If you have NOT registered for the reunion or have not informed me if you will be attending the Sunday cookout at Bowman Park or the Wednesday evening buffet dinner/auction, PLEASE DO SO ASAP.I have to give the property an accurate headcount of those attending the Wednesday dinner NLT Wednesday, May 02, 2018.

If you do not register for the Wednesday dinner, you will not be able to enter the hall until all the food is removed. Then you can enter for the live auction.

In the latest newsletter (April 22) I listed those who have informed me they will be attending the reunion and the number next to the name indicates the number attending.

We will be doing registrations at the Sunday picnic.

Dress code for the Wednesday dinner is - there is no dress code. I generally wear Docker khakis, an Aloha shirt and shoes. Men - Please NO flip-flops.

UPDATE -- 16 APRIL 2018

Finally!! Computer and ALL programs are up and running. I've loaded up the February and March 2018 NDA Reunion Newsletters and they can be found by clicking on the appropriate month

I will be putting out a more lengthy blurb with the April newsletter and will post to this site. The April newsletter will have the complete list, as I know it, of those who have acknowledged they will be attending.

For those of you attending and for those who have NOT already done so, I NEED YOUR COMMITMENT - one way or the other - to your ATTENDANCE AT THE DINNER. I need to give the property a head count NLT May 2, 2018.


Well, my Cox account on my computer has gone goofy and I am unable to find all my distribution lists. So, until I received some help -- which is on the way -- I'm going to have to wing it. That includes partially rebuilding my distribution lists.

Thankfully, most of my NDA stuff is in the cloud and that includes the two Newsletters I have been working on. The January newsletter is linked and I am in the process of getting the early February newsletter ready to post

If you haven't yet made your reservations for the May 2018 NDA Reunion, and you are planning on attending, I recommend you contact them ASAP. All the information is in the newsletter..

UPDATE -- 15 AUGUST 2017

I've written the August 2017 Newsletter which has a ton on information in it regarding our upcoming NDA Reunion in May 2018. Please link to it and read it if you even think about attending.

Of, course all the links below are still good.


The NDA reunion is scheduled for May 06 to May 10, 2018, at the Swinomish Resort & Casino in Anacortes, WA.     https://www.swinomishcasinoandlodge.com/      

Remember, the NDA holds our reunions on the even years, (i.e., 2016, 2918, 2020, 2022, etc., etc.).  The Master Divers ALWAYS hold their reunions in Panama City Beach, FL and on the odd years, (i.e. 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023, etc., etc.)

We invited, and they accepted, our Brothers and Sisters to the north of us, the Canadian Navy Divers Association (CNDA).  I am excited about that.  I know many of you have worked, at one time or another in your diving careers, with our Canadian Brothers and/or Sisters and this should prove to be a great reunion.

There will be RV hookups at Swinomish.  They have reserved 10 spots at $25 per night with full hook-ups.  Go to https://www.swinomishcasinoandlodge.com/service/rv-park        for additional information and map of RV Park.

Someone asked about camping in the area.  A link I found is   http://www.cityofanacortes.org/washington_park.php#.V-P2vK8VChc         and, I assume there are many many more.

I also forgot to include Pete Pehl’s email address       petepehl@icloud.com            Pete has been spearheading the search for us in the Great Northwest and lives very close to Swinomish.  If any of you have questions about the area, (i.e., camping, boating, tours, etc.) I recommend you contact Pete.  Of course, I just signed the contract Tuesday and our reunion is one and one-half years away, so you can expect much more info about the area as we get closer.

My recommendation to you now is to Make Your Reservations by calling toll free (855) 794-6563 and use Group Code NAVY DIVERS REUNION 18.  You have the link to Swinomish above so you can look at the rooms.

Monday Reception and Dinner Banquet particulars and prices will be put out in a few weeks.


Our NDA May 06 to 10, 2018 Reunion will be held at SWINOMISH CASINO & LODGE in Anacortes, WA.

SWINOMISH CASINO & LODGE, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes, WA 98221, is located 41 miles (47 mins) from Bellingham, WA, airport and 89 miles (95 mins) from Seattle-Tacoma Airport and 89 miles (2 hours) from Vancouver, Canada.  There is also a ferry running from Anacortes to Vancouver Island, Canada (Victoria).

The website for SWINOMISH is        www.swinomishcasinoandlodge.com      

Room rates are:

  • King Standard and Double Queen Standard    $89 per night + 10.5% tax
  • King Bay View and Double Queen Bay View    $109 per night+ 10.5% tax
    • These rates pre and post week-end will be honored.
    • $20 will be added to each room for Friday and Saturday night stays.  So, if you arrive early or stay after the reunion, you will have to pay $20 extra per night per room for Friday and Saturday nights.

RESERVATIONS ARE NOW OPEN:  All reservations will be handled through the Swinomish Reservations Department.  Guests may call toll free (855) 794-6563 and use Group Code NAVY DIVERS REUNION 18.

Check-in time is after 1600 and check-out time is 1100.  They have 98 guest rooms and I have blocked 45 for Sunday and 60 each night for Monday to Thursday.  So, I would recommend you make your reservations early and, if we get close to our room quota, I can add to the block.

A word of to the wise  --  Make your reservations early, if you are inclined to get a Bay View Room.  There are ONLY 28 Bay View Rooms (14 King and 14 Queen).  There are plenty of Standard Rooms.

SWINOMISH Casino & Lodge will provide:

  • Complimentary Valet and Free parking for all guests
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet in guest’s rooms, meeting spaces, office and registration area.

Guests will be able to add on packages (to their rooms)  --  If you would rather not charge to your room, we will see about making other arrangements.

  • Golf    $30     -         includes a round of golf with cart at the Swinomish Golf Links, Breakfast coupon, and $20 for $10 slot offer.
  • Deception Pass Jet Boat Tour     $15    -         This tour is normally $35 per person or $25 for a group of 20 or more.  Go to http://www.deceptionpasstours.com     for more info.  The property sales manager will purchase these tickets for us in March 2018.  So you can include with your room, if you would like to.

That should be all you need for now to get you started.  I’m looking forward to this and expect it to be one of our better ones yet.