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Ask about Local Dive Sites, Florida Keys Hot Spots, Shark Dives, Caribbean Destinations, and International Dive Bucket-List Plans. Reach out via Facebook at facebook.com/tyler.mahler.9 or via email at MyAdventureScuba@aol.com for the latest and greatest dive plans! We will customize a dive experience to meet your needs, budget, skill level, and assist to check sites off your personal bucket list.

 

DIVE PLAN: USS Spiegel Grove x2

06MARCH2021: Saturday 9:00am: Key Largo: Horizon Divers

DIVE INFO: Check in at the shop at 8:00am

PHONE NUMBER: 305-453-3535

ADDRESS: 105800 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037

WEBSITE: horizondivers.com

DIVE #1: USS SPIEGEL GROVE (140’) In 2002, the USS Spiegel Grove was the largest vessel ever intentionally sunk. She is a 510’ landing ship dock. To give a better visual understanding of the immensity of this ship, she is roughly equivalent in length to two football fields. Named after President Rutherford B. Hayes's Ohio estate, she was launched in 1955. The sinking of the Spiegel Grove is an extraordinary tale. Her sinking was scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2002 at approximately 2:00pm. However, she had a mind of her own and prematurely began to sink, rolled over, and remained upside down for several days with her bow protruding from the water. A salvage team managed to fully sink the vessel three weeks later, but she came to rest on her starboard side rather than keel-down as hoped. Later efforts to right the ship failed despite the best efforts of all involved, including two very determined tugs. Then three years later, much to the surprise of the entire diving community, Hurricane Dennis righted the 510’ ship with seas over 20’ and a driving current. She now rests with her keel in the sand, fully dignified and ready for new adventures! The Spiegel Grove is the backbone of the artificial reef system that has formed in this area. Algae, sponges and coral mingle with 130 species of fish to create enormous biodiversity in this region. Divers may see Goliath Grouper, barracuda, large jacks, and a large colony of gobies. Mooring buoys allow divers an easy tie-in and a steady hold. The lines are attached to the ship and allow divers to travel down them until they reach the hull. This is a very popular site. Divers will need multiple dives to become oriented and it may take countless dives for one to be able to experience all that this massive vessel has to offer. This is a great dive for using multi-level diving techniques and offers an incredible opportunity for exploration and excitement. This is a dive not to be missed. The reef formation that has arisen is impressive and has fostered growth of much pelagic life.

DIVE #2: USS SPIEGEL GROVE (140’)

 

DIVE PLAN: Double Deep Wrecks

07MARCH2021: Sunday 1:30pm: Ft Lauderdale: American Dream

DIVE INFO: Check in at 1:00pm

PHONE NUMBER: 954-577-0338

ADDRESS: 88 Portside Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

WEBSITE: scubafortlauderdale.com

DIVE #1: REBEL (110’) This 150’ Dutch freighter was confiscated for drug smuggling. At a federal auction, she was purchased by an environmentalist attorney who gave her over to the Broward County reef program. She was renamed Rebel after the buyer's dog and sunk to create an artificial reef in 1985. She sits intact and upright at 110’ with her bow pointing north. Her deck is located at 80’and her prop is in place. Divers will find that she is easily penetrated. She houses a variety of sea life and is a great dive for the curious or exploratory diver.

DIVE #2: MERCEDES (100’) The most famous of Fort Lauderdale's wrecks is this 198’ freighter. She received national attention, when on Thanksgiving Day in 1984 during a terrible storm she lost her anchorage and ran aground against the seawall of an exclusive Palm Beach seaside mansion. Abandoned by her owners, she was left on the beach for three months until a salvage company hired by the state of Florida successfully removed her. Then, in a public relations feat, Broward County surprised the industry by somehow managing to acquire the vessel away from the Palm Beach artificial reef groups. She was stripped and cleaned, and holes were cut in her sides and bulkheads. She was loaded with 350 pounds of TNT, floated out to the chosen spot and spectacularly sent to the depths with brilliant pyrotechnics, explosions, and festivities. In 1992 Hurricane Andrew swept through the area with massive devastation and almost tore her in two. The wreck was partly broken amidships and has since separated even more. However, she's still a beautiful dive the still intact bow now faces north on the outside of the third reef system.

 

 

DIVE PLAN: Shark Dive x3

10MARCH2021: Wednesday 8:30am: Jupiter: Emerald Charters

DIVE INFO: Check in at the dock at 7:30am

PHONE NUMBER: 561-248-8332

ADDRESS: 25 Coastal Way Jupiter, FL 33477

WEBSITE: emeraldcharters.com

DIVE #1: SHARK DRIFT DIVE (90’)

DIVE #2: SHARK WRECK DIVE (80’)

DIVE #3: SHARK WRECK DIVE (80’)

Emerald Charters knows how to find the sharks. In Jupiter, sharks are seen on a regular basis. While there is no guarantee that sharks are spotted on every dive (since they are wild Pelagic creatures), a variety of sharks are almost always seen with bull sharks, hammerheads, tiger sharks, and lemon sharks as some of the more common sightings. These drift dives off Jupiter’s coast are like no other around. There’s generally a swift current with clear blue waters. Nitrox certification is required before you set your sights on this great dive experience with Emerald Charters.

 

DIVE PLAN: Shark Dive x3

14APRIL2021: Wednesday 8:30am: Jupiter: Emerald Charters

DIVE INFO: Check in at the dock at 7:30am

PHONE NUMBER: 561-248-8332

ADDRESS: 25 Coastal Way Jupiter, FL 33477

WEBSITE: emeraldcharters.com

DIVE #1: SHARK DRIFT DIVE (90’)

DIVE #2: SHARK WRECK DIVE (80’)

DIVE #3: SHARK WRECK DIVE (80’)

Emerald Charters knows how to find the sharks. In Jupiter, sharks are seen on a regular basis. While there is no guarantee that sharks are spotted on every dive (since they are wild Pelagic creatures), a variety of sharks are almost always seen with bull sharks, hammerheads, tiger sharks, and lemon sharks as some of the more common sightings. These drift dives off Jupiter’s coast are like no other around. There’s generally a swift current with clear blue waters. Nitrox certification is required before you set your sights on this great dive experience with Emerald Charters.

 

 

SPECIAL EVENT: REEF's 8th Annual Keys Earth Day Derby

WEBSITE: REEF’S 2021 Lionfish Derby Series

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

23APRIL2021: Friday 6:30pm: Key Largo: REEF Headquarters

ADDRESS: 98300 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037

     Captain's Meeting is mandatory for the team captains and all team members are encouraged to attend

     The team captain must be one of the four participants in the derby, but does not need to be the captain of the boat

     Safe collecting and handling techniques and derby rules will be reviewed

DERBY DAYS

24APRIL2021 THRU 25APRIL2021: Saturday Sunrise thru Sunday 5pm: Key Largo: Sharkey’s Pub & Galley Restaurant

ADDRESS: 522 Caribbean Dr, Key Largo, FL 33037

     Saturday Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                              

     Saturday 5:00 pm: All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station

     Saturday 5:00-6:00 pm: Scoring and public lionfish tastings

          Awards will immediately follow scoring    

          Lionfish scoring, fillet and dissection demonstrations, games, raffle prizes and other activities will start at 5:00pm

 

SPECIAL EVENT: REEF's 12th Annual Keys Lionfish Derby & Festival hosted by Postcard Inn Resort & Marina

WEBSITE: REEF’S 2021 Lionfish Derby & Series

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

10SEPTEMBER2021: Thursday 6:30pm: Islamorada: Postcard Inn Resort & Marina

ADDRESS: 84001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

     Captain's Meeting is mandatory for the team captains and all team members are encouraged to attend

     The team captain must be one of the four participants in the derby, but does not need to be the captain of the boat

     Safe collecting and handling techniques and derby rules will be reviewed

DERBY DAYS

11SEPTEMBER2021 THRU 12SEPTEMBER2021: Friday Sunrise thru Saturday 5pm: Islamorada: Postcard Inn Resort & Marina

FESTIVAL

13SEPTEMBER2021: REEF's 12th annual event will include two full days of lionfish fishing culminating in a family-friendly festival at picturesque Postcard Inn Resort & Marina. The festival is open to the public and will include Lionfish scoring, fillet and dissection demonstrations, Lionfish tastings, Lionfish games and crafts, raffle prizes and other activities from over 25 environmentally minded vendors. Chefs will be providing lionfish cooking demonstrations and special dishes and drink special will be available.

ADDRESS: 84001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

     Saturday Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                              

     Sunday 5:00 pm: All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station

     Sunday 5:00-6:00 pm: Scoring and public lionfish tastings

          Awards will immediately follow scoring    

          Lionfish scoring, fillet and dissection demonstrations, games, raffle prizes and other activities will start at 5:00pm