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SPECIAL EVENT: Cuba - Gardens of the Queen Liveaboard Adventure

18JANUARY2020 THRU 25JANUARY2020

WEBSITE: scubagirls.com/adventures

ABOUT: Join Scuba Girls on this US legal educational dive trip aboard the Jardines Aggressor II liveaboard exploring the spectacular Gardens of the of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina National Park) located 60 miles off the southern coast of Cuba. The Jardines Aggressor II is a spacious 110’ liveaboard luxury yacht. Divers are catered by 13 experienced English and Spanish speaking crew members. The Jardines Aggressor II liveaboard sleeps 24 guests in privacy and comfort where each stateroom has its own private bathroom with a toilet, shower, individual climate controls and a safe.

 

During the week of diving, educators will host nightly discussions and presentations on the marine environment, conservation and the importance of this magnificent ecosystem. These interactive exchanges will discuss how Cuba has maintained one of the healthiest marine ecosystems in the Caribbean presented by Cuban scientists and marine experts in a unique ocean conservation and cultural exchange. This is the liveaboard “Dive Safari of a Lifetime” with diverse, rich marine environments fringed with sandy beach seascapes and exotic island adventures.

 

The liveaboard Chefs cook up selections of local cuisine, American feasts and BBQ’s three times a day. Every day starts with a cooked to order breakfast then a buffet lunch. Each wonderful dive day is completed with an elegant dinner with table side service featuring salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. No one goes hungry on this liveaboard dive vacation as in addition to the meals are fresh mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Non-alcoholic beverages including fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee are included as well as a selection of local beer and wine for adults.

 

DIVE PLAN: USCG Duane x2

03FEBRUARY2020: Monday 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: USCG DUANE (130') She is a 329-foot cutter that was decommissioned on August 1st, 1985, as the oldest active U.S. military vessel. The ship was intentionally sunk on November 27, 1987, to create an artificial reef. This ship was sunk deep down to ensure that it would not conflict with navigation in the area. The Duane lies outside of the reef line and can have a ripping current. Because of its deep depth and strong currents this is a dive for advanced SCUBA divers with wreck-diving experience. Many consider the Duane to be the perfect wreck dive. Before sinking, the ship's hatches were opened, and the holds pumped full of water to sink the ship. The Duane sits upright on the sandy bottom at 120 feet offering nearly 70 feet of relief. On clear days the outline of the hull can be seen from far above. The crow's nest and mast become visible just 50-60 feet below the surface. Many decks and rooms were intentionally left open to allow divers room to explore the interior of the cutter. Bring a dive light if you plan to penetrate the interior. The hull structure is completely intact with the original rudders, screws, railings, ladders and ports. This wreck is even more impressive because the waters are so clear that visibility is often 100 feet. It is closer to the Gulfstream than most wrecks and reefs and some very large fish such as barracuda, amberjack, and cobia are often spotted swimming around the wreck.

DIVE #2: USCG DUANE (130’)

 

DIVE PLAN: USS Spiegel Grove x2

03FEBRUARY2020: Monday 1:30pm: Key Largo: Horizon Divers

DIVE INFO: Check in at the shop at 12:30pm

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’)

 

SPECIAL EVENT: REEF 's 8th Annual Key Largo Winter Lionfish Derby

WEBSITE: REEF’S 2020 Lionfish Derby & Festival & Series

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

03APRIL2020: 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 DAY

04APRIL2020: Saturday Sunrise thru 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: HOLD THE DATE - Miami Lionfish Derby Series

WEBSITE: Adventure Scuba

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

01MAY2020: Friday 6:30pm: Miami: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     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 DAY

02MAY2020: Saturday Sunrise thru 5pm: Miami: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     Saturday Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                              

     Saturday 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

 

SPECIAL EVENT: HOLD THE DATE – 2nd Annual Key West Lionfish Derby

WEBSITE: Adventure Scuba

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

22MAY2020: Friday 6:30pm: Key West: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     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 DAY

23MAY2020: Saturday Sunrise thru 5pm: Key West: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     Saturday Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                               

     Saturday 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

 

SPECIAL EVENT: HOLD THE DATE - Miami Lionfish Derby Series

WEBSITE: Adventure Scuba

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

19JUNE2020: Friday 6:30pm: Miami: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     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 DAY

20JUNE2020: Saturday Sunrise thru 5pm: Miami: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     Saturday Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                               

     Saturday 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

 

SPECIAL EVENT: REEF 's 9th Annual Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby

WEBSITE: REEF’S 2020 Lionfish Derby & Festival & Series

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

17JULY2020: Friday 6:30pm: Fort Lauderdale: 15th Street Fisheries

ADDRESS: 1900 SE 15th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

     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 DAY

18JULY2020 THRU 19JULY2020: Saturday Sunrise thru Sunday 5pm: Islamorada: Founder’s Park

ADDRESS: 1900 SE 15th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

     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

 

SPECIAL EVENT: HOLD THE DATE - Miami Lionfish Derby Series

WEBSITE: Adventure Scuba

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

14AUGUST2020: Friday 6:30pm: Miami: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     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 DAY

15AUGUST2020: Saturday Sunrise thru 5pm: Miami: TBD

ADDRESS: TBD

     Saturday Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                              

     Saturday 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

 

SPECIAL EVENT: REEF 's 11th Annual Upper Keys Lionfish Derby & Festival & 2020 Series Finale

WEBSITE: REEF’S 2020 Lionfish Derby & Festival & Series

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

11SEPTEMBER2020: Friday 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 DAY

12SEPTEMBER2020 THRU 13SEPTEMBER2020: Saturday Sunrise thru Sunday 5pm: Islamorada: Postcard Inn Resort & Marina

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