I had a few friends wanting me to join their club for quite a few years. I wasn't really into it as I'm not a competition diver and I try to only shoot fish that I eat. I had a decent dive circle and wasn't really in need of making new friends (or so I thought.) I debated for a few years and finally decided to join with one of my best friends thinking it wouldn't be a bad idea to learn more in regards to safety, spots, etc.. We became members of the Long Beach Neptunes and it was one of the better decisions I've made in regards to my diving and life in general. The quality of men in the club never cease to amaze me. Not only have I gained life long friends but I've multiplied my opportunities 10 fold in regards to diving. The amount I've learned from these guys is incredible. Not just about diving, but life as well. I'm usually unavailable for the two comps we do because of work, but the friendly competition and trash talk throughout the year over the fish categories has multiplied my diving fun tremendously. Ultimately, fun is one of the biggest reasons I do this and that factor alone would have been worth joining.
For somebody new or not so new like me, as Chris mentioned above, learning from some veterans definitely shortens the learning curve. Also, if you're into OPB (other people's boats) like me, it's a great source of really nice rides