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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: Tech-Lite Dive x1

18JUNE2021: Friday 1:00pm: Pompano Beach: DH Scuba

DIVE INFO: Check in at 12:00pm

PHONE NUMBER: 954-294-5600

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

WEBSITE: dhscuba.com

DIVE #1: LADY LUCK (125’) This 324’ sewage tanker rises to nearly to 60’ from the surface at her mast. The Lady Luck has been prepared so that divers can explore 16 staterooms, the captain’s deck, galley, engine room, and the tanker holding bays. You might notice on your descent the Lady Luck logo on each side of her stack, welcoming you to the world's first underwater casino complete with a mermaid waitress, giant dice, octopus dealers, slot machines and card sharks alike. You can swim down and find an open seat at a table to gamble and have a great photo opportunity. Be careful your dealer may be a little fishy! The ship's web of pipes and structures makes for a great fish haven and back drop. Stop by the bridge for a panoramic view of the ship. Scuttled in 2016 thanks to generous donations from the Isle Casino and the City of Pompano Beach.

GO TORODEO 25 (130’) This 215-foot twin-masted Dutch freighter was sunk in 1990 as part of the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo’s 25th anniversary celebrations and over 100,000 spectators watched as she dropped just on the outside of the third reef line. She landed on the seabed upright in 130 feet of water with the main deck at 100 feet and the masts rise to within 52 feet of the surface. The wreck lists significantly to starboard with her bow almost over on her side. The hull forward of her stern superstructure is collapsing. Because the Rodeo 25 lies at the limit of recreational diving, she makes a good practice dive for technical divers. She is deep enough to practice the ins and outs of the ups and downs and still get decent bottom time as a no decompression dive. This is one of the most colorful wrecks in the area with soft corals and sponges adorning the hull of the ship. There are plenty of fish throughout this wreck and plenty of pelagic fish such as barracuda keeping you company.

GO TO: UNION EXPRESS (110’) Built in 1959, this 160’ coastal freighter was escorted into Miami and impounded in 1990 after the US Coast Guard found drugs hidden onboard. The Dutch coaster was acquired for use as an artificial reef and scuttled in 1992. Officially known as Mariner 1, the ship lies in 110’ of water. Hurricane Andrew broke the wreck into two sections while collapsing her amidships and forward cargo holds. The bow rests on her port side, while the larger and more interesting stern section lies over to her starboard side. The Mariner II barge can be found about 400’ slightly to the north.

GO TO: MARINER 2 – BARGE (125’) This 110' barge is pointing south and surrounded by sand and coral rubble. There is a cable attached to the bow leading south to a 10' square box, keep going and you will come to the Mariner II Tug. These two vessels were sunk simultaneously. Lots of big fish swim to and from these wrecks, some have sited Billfish here on occasion.

DIVE PLAN: Tenneco Towers x2

17JUNE2021: Saturday 8:00am: Key Biscayne: Diver’s Paradise

DIVE INFO: Check in at 7:00am

PHONE NUMBER: 305-361-3483

ADDRESS: 4000 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

WEBSITE: keydivers.com

DIVE #1: TENNECO TOWERS (110') This is the largest artificial reef in SE Florida and was created in 1985 when the Tenneco Oil Company sank five large sections of oil production platforms. The decommissioned oil platforms were transported by barge and sunk in a straight east-west line, each a little deeper than the next. Three of the platforms are within recreational diving limits. The smallest of the three platforms rests at 97’ feet of water and rises to 65’. The two larger platforms are in 110’ and top out at 60’. The second platform lies about 100 yards from the first, and the third is about another 85 yards away. The two deep water sections lie in 190’ and rise to 80’. When Hurricane Andrew stuck in August 1992, it caused the two deep towers to list at close to a 45-degree angle. The flow of tides and currents that move freely through the site gave almost instant growth to a jungle of soft coral that has since covered the entire wreck. Many large pelagic fish can be found at the wreck along with queen angels, Spanish hogfish, and the occasional turtle.

DIVE #2: TENNECO TOWERS (110')

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DIVE PLAN: Shipwrecks

17JUNE2021: Saturday 12:00pm: Key Biscayne: Diver’s Paradise

DIVE INFO: Check in at 11:00am

PHONE NUMBER: 305-361-3483

ADDRESS: 4000 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

WEBSITE: keydivers.com

DIVE #1: SHERI LYN (110') She is a 235’ freighter that took 400 pounds of explosives to bring down. Dutch-built, she carried a small crew as she was launched in 1952 and used for shipping. When she had been docked for several years without use, it was assumed that this ship was abandoned, and ownership was gained by the Department of Environmental Resource Management. The vessel took a hard hit from Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and was spread across a wide area. Her bow lies 60 feet away from the rest of the wreck. This allowed for increased marine life to inhabit the remains. Although prior to this she was intact and upright, she now has a larger variety of sea life. She has many foot holes cut through bulkheads that allow for exploration. South of the bow lies 50 Chevron tanks, each 30 feet long and 8 feet in diameter with the ends cut off. Twenty cement-mixer tanks also lie nearby. The variety of wreckage provides home to large amounts of pelagic life. She rests closely between, but slightly offshore of the Paraiso and the Princess Brittney.

DIVE #2: CAPTAIN'S CHOICE

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DIVE PLAN: Shark Dive x3

23JUNE2021: 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.

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DIVE PLAN: USNS Vandenberg x2

26JUNE2021: Saturday 9:30am: Key West: Captain’s Corner

DIVE INFO: Check in at the dock at 9:00am

PHONE NUMBER: 305-296-8865

ADDRESS: 631 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040

WEBSITE: captainscorner.com

DIVE #1: USNS GENERAL HOYT S VANDENBERG (145’) She is a 522’ retired Air Force missile-tracking ship intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef off Key West in May 2009. The bottom of the ship's hull rests on sand in depths that average 145’ but the ship is so massive that the superstructure begins about 45 feet below the surface. Last used by the U.S. Air Force to track missiles and spacecraft became the world's second largest intentionally sunk artificial reef. Preparation for sinking had taken months of inspections and cleanup to remove contaminants. Workers hauled off more than a million feet of wire, 1,500 vent gaskets, dozens of watertight steel doors, 81 bags of asbestos, 193 tons of potentially cancer-causing substances, 46 tons of garbage that could come loose and float to the surface, 300 pounds of materials containing mercury and 185 55-gallon drums of paint chips. The cleanup was performed at two Norfolk, Va., shipyards before the boat made the 1,100-mile voyage, arriving in Key West on April 22. Permitting was required from 18 local, state and federal agencies. The Vandenberg began as the Gen. Harry Taylor and was later commissioned by the Army as a transport vessel, ferrying troops and supplies from San Francisco to island bases in the western Pacific Ocean in 1944. In 1945, it carried troops home from Europe near the end of World War II. It was later used by the Navy as a transport ship, and was transferred to the Air Force in 1961, when it was renamed the Vandenberg. For about 20 more years, the ship served as a missile tracker throughout the height of the Cold War and was retired in 1983. The world’s largest intentionally sunk artificial reef is the 888’ USS Oriskany, sunk in 2006 off the coast of Pensacola Beach in the Florida Panhandle. The sinking of the 522’ USNS Vandenberg moves the 510’ Spiegel Grove off Key Largo to third on this impressive list.

DIVE #2: USNS GENERAL HOYT S VANDENBERG (145’)

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DIVE PLAN: Shark Dive x3

30JUNE2021: 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.

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SPECIAL EVENT: Salty Spines Summer Series Lionfish Derby

17JULY2021: Saturday 8:00am: Miami Beach: Miami Beach Marina

ADDRESS: 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

WEBSITE: Salty Spines

EVENT INFO: Join us for a summer long series of Lionfish Derbies to safely remove invasive Lionfish from our gorgeous Miami waters! The derbies will take place in the Miami Beach Marina, right in the heart of South Beach. This is an individual entrants derby all participating on the Big Com-Ocean, Deco Divers boat. Divers will be placed in smaller groups to be dropped on different parts of reefs & wreck treks. Divers should be comfortable with advanced level depths (up to 130') and drift dives.

  • Advanced Open Water Certification or higher required for the AM charters.

  • PM charters, divers should be comfortable with drift dives.

  • The entrance fee includes two air tanks, weights, and derby entrance fee.

  • Extras can be added on such as Nitrox tanks, rental gear, and a certified Lionfish Containment Diver Guide.

AM Charters:

  • 7:30AM: Check-in @ Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center, 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33130

  • 8:00AM - 12:00PM Drifting wreck treks & reefs to slay them all!

PM Charters:

  • 12:00PM: Check-in @ Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center, 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33130

  • 1:00PM - 5:00PM Drifting wreck treks & reefs to slay them all!

There will be cash prizes for the Smallest and Largest Lionfish caught for the day (this includes the AM & PM charter). $250 for each. Diver or not, stick around for Lionfish tastings, raffles prizes, demonstrations & more! Proceeds from Salty Spines Summer Series Lionfish Derbies will be donated to support local area charities that support education, exploration, and conservation of the local marine environment.

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SPECIAL EVENT: Salty Spines Summer Series Lionfish Derby

14AUGUST2021: Saturday 8:00am: Miami Beach: Miami Beach Marina

ADDRESS: 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

WEBSITE: Salty Spines

EVENT INFO: Join us for a summer long series of Lionfish Derbies to safely remove invasive Lionfish from our gorgeous Miami waters! The derbies will take place in the Miami Beach Marina, right in the heart of South Beach. This is an individual entrants derby all participating on the Big Com-Ocean, Deco Divers boat. Divers will be placed in smaller groups to be dropped on different parts of reefs & wreck treks. Divers should be comfortable with advanced level depths (up to 130') and drift dives.

  • Advanced Open Water Certification or higher required for the AM charters.

  • PM charters, divers should be comfortable with drift dives.

  • The entrance fee includes two air tanks, weights, and derby entrance fee.

  • Extras can be added on such as Nitrox tanks, rental gear, and a certified Lionfish Containment Diver Guide.

AM Charters:

  • 7:30AM: Check-in @ Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center, 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33130

  • 8:00AM - 12:00PM Drifting wreck treks & reefs to slay them all!

PM Charters:

  • 12:00PM: Check-in @ Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center, 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33130

  • 1:00PM - 5:00PM Drifting wreck treks & reefs to slay them all!

There will be cash prizes for the Smallest and Largest Lionfish caught for the day (this includes the AM & PM charter). $250 for each. Diver or not, stick around for Lionfish tastings, raffles prizes, demonstrations & more! Proceeds from Salty Spines Summer Series Lionfish Derbies will be donated to support local area charities that support education, exploration, and conservation of the local marine environment.

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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