Tag Archives: Scuba Diving

Diving the Ancient Mariner off Deerfield Beach

We finally got our chance to dive the Ancient Mariner wreck off Deerfield Beach. It was the perfect February day with lots of sunshine and flat seas. We love Florida winters, and even the 75-degree seas aren’t so bad with a 3mm suit and a hoodie 🙂

With 30-40 feet visibility and only a small current getting down the mooring line was easy enough. The wreck sits at a depth of 70 feet (to the sand) and is pretty big at 165 feet in length and 25 feet across. Continue reading Diving the Ancient Mariner off Deerfield Beach

Diving the wrecks of Grenada’s South Coast

One of the things that drew us to Grenada was the Bianca C wreck. Being able to dive a sunken cruise ship is something you don’t get to do every day—unless you live in Grenada! In addition to wrecks, we found that there were some remarkable, healthy and colorful reefs, making for some wonderful diving. In our 5 days of diving we managed to get four wrecks in and have written them up here: Continue reading Diving the wrecks of Grenada’s South Coast

Scuba diving vacation at the True Blue Bay Resort in Grenada

As scuba divers, we have come to enjoy the idea of dive resorts; basically hotels that cater to divers by having a local dive operator, offer special rates that include diving, and are of course located at interesting dive destinations. To date we’ve tried three of these: Compass Point, Anthony’s Key and now True Blue Bay in Grenada. Continue reading Scuba diving vacation at the True Blue Bay Resort in Grenada

Snorkeling the Kittiwake

Yes, you read that right, snorkeling. We can hardly believe it ourselves. Being avid divers, and getting to Grand Cayman—through a series of unfortunate events we ended up on the Kittiwake without a scuba tank. Ok, not that snorkeling was bad; it was just so frustrating to see through that 100+ foot visibility all the divers below exploring the wreck, which was down at 40-60 feet. Continue reading Snorkeling the Kittiwake

Diving the Graveyard of the Caribbean in Roatan

Wrecks intrigue me—I find them fascinating and just love seeing their ghostly shape appear as I descend into the deep upon them. I wonder about their history and how they got there. Were they shipwrecked or purposely sunk to create artificial reefs where corals can grow and sea life can find refuge? Continue reading Diving the Graveyard of the Caribbean in Roatan

Scuba Diving Vacation at Antony’s Key Resort, Roatan

Ever since our amazing Tahiti trip where we first saw them, we’ve always wanted to try an overwater bungalow! We were delighted to find out that it’s possible to do this without traveling all the way to the South Pacific. Anthony’s Keys Resort is one such place on the island of Roatan in Honduras that offers overwater bungalow accommodations on a private key. Continue reading Scuba Diving Vacation at Antony’s Key Resort, Roatan

Diving the 2nd and 3rd largest artificial reefs in the world

The Florida Keys have a lot of wrecks, and with our weekend trip we picked the two largest, and the two bookends of the Florida Keys Shipwreck Trail. We’d been dreaming of doing these two world-famous wrecks for a while now, and could not resist. After our experience I can say that the sheer size of these two massive ships will take us many more dives to get fully acquainted with them. There are also many other interesting dive sites in between Key Largo and Key West. So in other words, we will be back for sure! What is the largest artificial reef in the world you ask?

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Rounding your nitrox values

While diving the Vandenberg, we were setup for two 100-feet+ dives running 30.2 and 30.8 percent nitrox mixes. For those that are not familiar with nitrox gas or diving, it is a mixture that contains more oxygen but has inherent hazards in that going below the prescribed depth can lead to oxygen toxicity and death. Divers train to know what these depths are and set their computers or their dive profiles accordingly. Continue reading Rounding your nitrox values

Visiting the History of Diving Museum

It was our second visit to this wonderful museum and we always get a laugh and some new tidbit of information about one of our favorite subjects, diving! If you’ve never been, it’s definitely worth the trip and the 12$ adult entrance. The museum is well laid out taking you back to the 1500s with early attempts at diving and the various inventions that have come to be discovered. Continue reading Visiting the History of Diving Museum

Staying safe on the water with the Nautilus GPS beacon

Anyone that has seen the movie Open Water, read the book Diver Down, or even read the many Divers Alert Network articles on diving safety knows that there can be a real risk of being swept away by currents and quite possibly out of view from your buddy, group, or dive boat. A scary thought. Continue reading Staying safe on the water with the Nautilus GPS beacon