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DIVE PLAN: Decompression Tech Dive x1

21JULY2019: Sunday 1:30pm: Pompano Beach: DH Scuba

DIVE INFO: Check in at 12:30pm

PHONE NUMBER: 954-294-5600


ADDRESS: 840 SE 22nd Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL 33062

DIVE #1: CAICOS EXPRESS (240’) This 188-foot Dutch coastal freighter was built in 1956. In 1981, she was sold to Cox Shipping Lines where she was placed in service between Miami and Turks and Caicos. In addition to hauling cargo, she was featured in four episodes of the television action series Miami Vice. She was eventually purchased by Broward County to be scuttled as an artificial reef, which occurred in 1985. The vessel settled on the bottom in 240 feet just two minutes after explosive charges were detonated. With a stern wheelhouse and aft engine room, the Caicos Express is basically a clone of numerous other freighters scuttled off South Florida. Several large spools of thick cable are scattered about the holds. The following year, Broward County also sunk 160 pari-mutuel betting machines about 200 feet away from the wreck.


DIVE PLAN: Technical Dive x1

17AUGUST2019: Saturday 8:00am: Miami: Deco Divers

DIVE INFO: Check in at the shop at 7:00am

PHONE NUMBER: 305-861-6277


ADDRESS: 300 Alton Road, Miami, Florida 33139       

DIVE #1: CRUZ DEL SUR (240’) This 258’ freighter is one of the more impressive deep artificial reefs off South Florida. Like many wrecks off Florida’s shores, she was seized by the US Coast Guard for smuggling drugs. In 1985 a boarding party from USCGC Mesquite found three pounds of marijuana hidden aboard. The forfeited vessel was purchased by Miami-Dade and Broward counties and sunk with explosives in 1986. As a joint project between the two counties, she rests in 240’ on the county line about a mile south of the Tenneco Towers site. She sits upright and intact with her forward kingposts reaching to 140 below the surface. While her cargo holds are largely bare, aside from some scattered hatch covers resting under a fine layer of silt, the decks are adorned with a colorful layer of invertebrate growth which hosts swarms of tropical fish. This dive requires technical dive training and site generally has good visibility where currents are common.


SPECIAL EVENT: REEF 's 10th Annual Upper Keys Lionfish Derby & Festival & 2019 Series Finale

WEBSITE: REEF’S 2019 Lionfish Derby & Festival & Series


13SEPTEMBER2019: Friday 6:30pm: Islamorada: Founder’s Park

ADDRESS: 87000 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


14SEPTEMBER2019 THRU 15SEPTEMBER2019: Saturday Sunrise thru Sunday 5pm: Islamorada: Founder’s Park

ADDRESS: 87000 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