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: Veterans Ocean Adventures (VOA) Ocean Dive

19MAY2019: Sunday 12:30am: Key Largo: Rainbow Reef

DIVE INFO: Check in at the shop at 11:30am

PHONE NUMBER: 800-457-4354

WEBSITE: rainbowreef.com

ADDRESS: 522 Caribbean Drive, Key Largo, FL 33037

ABOUT: Discover the Healing Power of Water! If you know a vet interested in learning to scuba dive, even if they're disabled a paraplegic or quadriplegic, VOA can help get them in the water with Discover Scuba Diving pool sessions with no certification required. For Handicapped Scuba Association and Open Water certified veterans, VOA offers ocean dives too. There's no cost to the vets for these services and there is tuition assistance for PADI Open Water and HAS Certifications!

(veteransoceanadventures.org)

DIVE #1: REEF (30’)

DIVE #2: REEF (30’)

 

DIVE PLAN: Decompression Tech Dive x1

25MAY2019: Saturday 8:00pm: Key West: Conch Harbor Marina

DIVE INFO: Check in at 7:00am

PHONE NUMBER: 305-457-3519

WEBSITE: MyAdventureScuba.com

ADDRESS: 951 Caroline Street, Key West, FL 33040

DIVE #1: USS S-16 (260’) Commissioned in 1920, this 231’ submarine was the first vessel to become a member of the Key West Ghost Fleet. Equipped with four 21” forward torpedo tubes and one 4” 50 caliber deck-gun, this submarine was originally built to safely navigate through water at a depth of around 200 feet. She was decommissioned in 1935, but in 1940 was brought back into service to patrol the Caribbean waters and observe merchant vessels. In 1944 she was decommissioned again, but being outdated with limited depth capability S-16 was eventually used as target practice. In 1945 this sub was properly prepped and intentionally sunk 18 miles south of Key West. She's intact with her outer hull not showing the usual signs of erosion and deterioration. The S-16 does have a slight list to starboard which allows her bow to rest above sand level allowing movement under her bow and it is easy to inspect her torpedo tube doors. Her hatches are open, which makes it possible to enter the forward torpedo room and larger aft generator room.  Her conning tower looms high above her hull where there is another open hatch leading to the control room. For those with technical certification, wreck diving the USS S-16 is a "must do" while visiting Key West.

 

SPECIAL EVENT: Adventure Scuba’s 1st Annual Key West Lionfish Derby

WEBSITE: Adventure Scuba’s 1st Annual Key West Lionfish Derby

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

25MAY2019: Saturday 6:30pm: Key West: Turtle Kraals

ADDRESS: 231 Margaret Street, Key West, FL 33040

     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

26MAY2019: Sunday Sunrise thru Sunday 5pm: Key West: Turtle Kraals

ADDRESS: 231 Margaret Street, Key West, FL 33040

     Sunday Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                              

     Sunday 5:00 pm: All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station (t Turtle Kraals)

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

          Awards will immediately follow scoring    

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

ENTRY FEES

     $125 per boat (4 hunters max)

     $25 of the entry fee is a donation to the History of Diving Museum

     $100 of the entry fee goes directly to prize money

     All lionfish will be kept by REEF for invasive lionfish studies or sold to a wholesaler with proceeds going to the History of Diving Museum

    For entry fee payment details email: MyAdventureScuba@aol.com 

 

DIVE PLAN: Double Wrecks

09JUNE2019: Sunday 1:30pm: Ft Lauderdale: American Dream

DIVE INFO: Check in at 1:00pm

PHONE NUMBER: 954-577-0338

WEBSITE: scubafortlauderdale.com

ADDRESS: 88 Portside Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

DIVE #1: JIM ATRIA (135’) She is a 240-foot Dutch freighter built in 1961. In 1972 she was employed to make runs throughout the Caribbean. In 1982, as she was pulled away from the dock on the Miami River in preparation for a departure to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, she immediately took on a severe starboard list. She eventually sunk to the mud bottom of the river where she blocked river traffic for four days. Apparently there was a mistake in the calculations from kilograms to pounds causing the freighter to be loaded with 300 tons of cargo, about 160 pounds more than the vessel’s 139-ton rating. After she was refloated and left abandoned by her owners, she rusted at the dock for five years before being acquired by the Broward County Artificial Reef Program. Today she lies 5 miles north of the Port Everglades Cut. Although she was sunk at 110 feet, the force of Hurricane Andrew blew her offshore to a depth of 135 feet where she sits upright with her two masts intact. The roof of the wheelhouse on the portside begins at 95 feet but has since collapsed. There are several openings that can be explored.

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.

 

SPECIAL EVENT: 9th Annual Woody Foundation Lionfish Bash

ABOUT: The 9th Annual Woody Foundation Lionfish Bash is back in action in Coconut Grove! The Woody Foundation is hosting their ninth annual Lionfish Bash fishing tournament at Coral Reef Yacht Club in Coconut Grove on June 22nd. The main purpose for the Lionfish Bash is to raise funds and awareness for the spinal cord injured community as well as Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital. The Lionfish Bash tournament is a family event hosted in Coconut Grove with an aim is to clean up the reefs by getting rid of the invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish. This species has made a new home all over South Florida. Over the past five years, the Lionfish Bash has removed more than 2,000 lionfish from the waters and reefs, while it has also raised more than $145,000 for The Woody Foundation.

WEBSITE: info@woodyfoundation.org

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

21JUNE2019: Friday 5:30pm: Coconut Grove: Monty’s in the Coconut Grove

ADDRESS: 2550 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133

     5:30pm: Event Starts/ Bar Opens

     6:30pm: Welcome and Thank You Run Down

     6:45pm: Lionfish Safety Tutorial

     7:00pm: Door prize raffle

DERBY DAY

22JUNE2019: Saturday: Sunrise: Coconut Grove: Coral Reef Yacht Club

ADDRESS: 2484 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133

     Diving: Sunrise-5pm, All over Biscayne Bay

     Weigh in: 3:00-5pm at Coral Reef Yacht Club

     Cocktail Hour: starts at 7pm, Coral Reef Yacht Club

     Awards Dinner: starts at 7:45pm, Coral Reef Yacht Club

     Awards Dinner afterparty: 11pm, Location: Monty’s in Coconut Grove

 

SPECIAL EVENT: REEF 's 8th Annual Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby

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

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

28JUNE2019: 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

29JUNE2019 THRU 30JUNE2019: Saturday Sunrise thru Sunday 5pm: Fort Lauderdale: 15th Street Fisheries

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 (dock at Sharkey's Pub & Galley)

     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

          Sharkey's will be offering lionfish tastings and drink specials open to public.

 

SPECIAL EVENT: REEF 's 4th Annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby

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

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

12JULY2019: Friday 6:30pm: Sarasota: MOTE Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

ADDRESS: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

     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

13JULY2019 THRU 14JULY2019: Saturday Sunrise thru Sunday 5pm: Sarasota: MOTE Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

ADDRESS: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

     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

          6th Annual Lionfish Culinary Competition hosted by Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

 

SPECIAL EVENT: REEF 's 9th Annual Palm Beach Lionfish Derby

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

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

02AUGUST2019: Friday 6:30pm: Palm Beach: Loggerhead Marine Life Center

ADDRESS: 14200 U.S. Hwy 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408

     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

03AUGUST2019 THRU 04AUGUST2019: Saturday Sunrise thru Sunday 5pm: Palm Beach: Loggerhead Marine Life Center

ADDRESS: 14200 U.S. Hwy 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408

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

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

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

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

DERBY DAY

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