Reunion Update from Chairman,
The next FO/UWSS Reunion will be held at
Holiday Inn Bayside in San Diego, California
May 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2017
Shipmates, this assignment of arranging the next reunion has been a challenge. Accommodations were hard to find on base and the only Gateway Inn that would accept reservations more than 30 days out was unsuitable for our needs. With help from the San Diego Convention Chairman and Master Diver Trey Williams of the Consolidated Dive Locker, and a few weeks of phone calls and site visits, we found that Holiday Inn Bayside was the best fit for our needs and room price range.
We will have the Harborview Room, overlooking the bay, all day every day for our hospitality room, events, and meetings.
Thursday 1500-1700 Sign in, get goody bags, badges
1700-2100 Ice Breaker
Friday 0900-1100 Visit to Dive Center
1200-1700 Cookout - Admiral Baker Park
Saturday 0900-1100 Business Meeting
1100-1800 Free time
1800-2200 Banquet - California Room
Sunday 0800-1200 Hospitality Room available
Holiday Inn Bayside has blocked a group of rooms for the UWSS 2017 Reunion and will accept reservations at the group rate of $129 per day until April 13, 2017. California tax brings the total room cost to $145.90 per day. The group rate is available for three days before and three days after the reunion for those who want to enjoy more of San Diego. Room reservations may be made by phone or on line.
To make room reservation on-line: Click on this link US Navy Underwater Swimmers Reunion 2017 Room Reservations. The link goes to the standard reservations page with our group code preloaded. You will enter your arrival and departure dates and click “Check Availability” to go to the group’s specific rate and availability page. From there you will select a room type and input personal details to complete the reservation (please scroll down to see all available room types). Guests may also use their IHG Rewards number with the group rate.
To make room reservation by phone: Call Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside (619)224-3621 and ask for reservations (Ext: 701) or call toll free (in USA) 1 (800) 662-8899. You will need our group code “USN” and tell them you are with US Navy Underwater Swimmers Reunion. If you have any questions or problems with the link, call Shannon Booth at 1-800-650-6660.
Please make your reservations early to help the reunion committee estimate attendance. Reservations may be changed or canceled without charge up to three days before reservation date.
Things to do in San Diego?
USS Midway Museum “There are over 20 aircraft on the flight deck and in the hangar below for visitors to touch and view.” “You can see the communications & engine rooms and "Island" which is the control tower portion of the flight area.”
The USS Midway Museum not only honors the legacy of those who have served America but is a resource for those in uniform today. Visitors to the museum often have the opportunity to watch a young man or woman re-enlist on the flight deck or see an authentic change-of-command or inspirational retirement ceremony. These traditions illustrate America’s values of strength, freedom, and peace for the entire family. Check the “Today’s Events” schedule at the museum’s entrance each time you visit the USS Midway.
Balboa Park is a beautiful place to spend the day visiting museums and gardens. “TIP: The animation dinosaurs at the Dino Jaws exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum were amazing!”
SeaWorld San Diego is unforgettable experiences begin immediately at SeaWorld's new, interactive arrival experience, Explorer's Reef. Guests enter under an iconic wave sculpture and are immediately immersed into an undersea adventure where they can touch a shark, interact with a ray and feel tiny cleaner fish gently nibble at their hands.
San Diego Zoo is a world class attraction! I definitely recommend the zoo bus tour which is 35 minutes long and gives you a great overview of the whole zoo. Favorite animals to check out are the Pandas, leopard, rhinos, hippos and polar bears.
The Haunted Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter is great. “The monsters were all in character and they separated everyone in small groups.”
Click here for a Map showing the Holiday Inn Bayside location!