We visited the M/V Castor recently as word was getting around that there were between 40 and 60 Goliath Groupers spawning in this area, which has been known to be a favorite hangout of these magnificent beasts. We were excited about heading out but a little nervous as we’d also heard that this was a spot for fierce currents. As we approached the wreck Continue reading Diving the M/V Castor, home of the Goliath Groupers
Unable to resist the temptation of diving another pier in Florida, we signed up with Divers Cove for the Dania Pier Cleanup effort. It’s usually illegal to dive within 100 meters off Florida’s piers, for the good reason that fishermen frequent these and the threat of entanglement or being hooked is very real! Once a year, the pier is closed to fishing and the county and lifeguards open it up to divers for a ‘pier cleanup!’ Continue reading Treasure Hunting off the Dania Pier and Cleanup
Just east of the Deerfield Pier lays the wreck of a 150 ft barge that was sunk carrying replicas of numerous Easter Island sculptures made by a local Boca Raton artist named Dennis MacDonald. Funded by the local Deerfield Beach Women’s Club, the sculptures were loaded onto the barge, which was sunk with the intention of displaying these in an Easter Island like setting under the sea. Continue reading Diving the Rapa Nui off Deerfield Beach
Today was the day! We finally got to join Rescue a Reef on one of their coral restoration outings with Paradise Divers out of Key Biscayne. We had been in touch with Rescue a Reef for what seemed like forever, but with weather problems and travel conflicts it never worked out for us – until today! Whoo Hoo!
Rescue a Reef is a coral restoration program from the University of Miami and allows for volunteers, or citizen scientists, to learn about and participate in coral cleaning, maintenance, and replanting efforts. Continue reading Volunteer diving with Rescue a Reef
We’re just back from a 5-day trip to Grand Cayman where we stayed at the Compass Point Dive Resort on the East End of the island and dove with the resident dive operation, Ocean Frontiers. What a great experience! It was our first dive resort and we’re already booked to stay at another one in Roatan this fall. That’s how much we loved it!
The hotel’s motto was ‘roll out of bed onto the dive boat’ and it was quite literally that for us. Our oceanfront suite was spacious and we enjoyed some beautiful sunrises from our balcony as we prepared for our morning dives. Continue reading Diving Grand Cayman’s East End
So while we are avid scuba divers, our typical vacation has been made up of a combination of scuba diving and sightseeing at our destination. We would normally stay at a traditional hotel and find a local dive shop that was close by. This model has worked well for us but has also been fraught with challenges when it comes to cleaning and transporting dive gear. After a morning two-tank dive, dragging our dripping equipment through a fancy hotel lobby and trying to rinse it in the shower or tub has always been a challenge. Continue reading Vacationing at a dive resort
Last Saturday we participated in our first underwater cleanup effort – diving Deerfield’s Beach Pier to remove mono-filament line, hooks, lead sinkers and whatever other debris we found in order to protect aquatic life. Turtles, fish and other marine life can get hurt, or worse die, from entanglement in discarded fishing line. Continue reading Diving for marine life, a cleanup effort and a world record
We made it out with Dixie Divers to the United Caribbean and the Honeycomb Reef again. At first we were disappointed as we had dove this wreck before, but when we arrived at the planned dive site of the Sea Emperor, there was another boat tied up and we had a big group (28!) and needed our space. When we made our way down however, we realized Continue reading The United Caribbean (north side) and the importance of maintaining your scuba gear
We attended the Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo this Saturday. It’s a yearly event held at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale and focuses on all kinds of water related activities. Free diving and spear fishing were most prominent but the show had a host of exhibitors with the latest gadgets, lionfish hunting, some wonderful marine focused art and more. It was a great place to meet fellow ocean lovers. Continue reading The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo 2017
Waters are gradually warming up here in South Florida, and the winds are finally calming down. This past Saturday Apr 1, 2017 we went out with Dixie Divers from Pompano to visit the United Caribbean Wreck.
The United Caribbean is a 147-foot cargo ship, which was sunk in August of 2000 as part of Florida’s artificial reef program. The wreck is at a depth of 70 ft, approximately ¾ of a mile off the coast and about a mile south of the Boca Raton inlet. The ship was built in 1969 and was later used to Continue reading Diving the United Caribbean off Pompano Beach